“MAIN STREET” SERIES WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED ON FEB. 22

Main Street: Season 2Finalist

Bristol Borough, PA





  • 1834
    • The year Bristol Borough became a supply port, and an integral part to the development of the American Industrial Revolution, due to its location on the Delaware River.
  • #2
    • The song “Bristol Stomp” by The Dovells reaches the second spot on the Billboard pop chart, remaining a local favorite to this day.
  • 80
    • Number of acres worth of shipyard that produced amphibious planes, cargo ships, and merchant vessels between World War I and World War II.



Founded in 1681, Bristol Borough is nestled along the picturesque Delaware River, which is among the city’s greatest assets, and midway between Philadelphia and New York. The self-described “gritty” town benefits from an East Coast resiliency but is also home to incredibly caring, hospitable residents and leaders with an energy that’s pushing the town into the future.

“When the mills closed, the jobs left, and the malls happened to come up at the same time, and this town went into a deep sleep.”
– Bill Pezza, Chairperson, Raising the Bar

Bristol Borough’s history closely parallels the economic, commercial, and industrial history of the United States. In the late ’60s, U.S. Steel Corporation closed their facilities just up the road and thousands of employees lost their jobs. In turn, downtown Bristol Borough lost an incredible amount of traffic. But what the people didn’t lose was their passionate desire to improve the town, restoring its former glory with an eye to an even better future.

“We have a lot of challenges that we have to address but the people here have a passionate desire to change this town and I think that’s what makes us different than others.”
– Bill Pezza

Home to the country’s oldest consistently running inn, Bristol Borough’s rich history is apparent all over town. Now, it’s all about attracting more people to what Bristol Borough calls the “best undiscovered treasure in the United States.”

  • The small business owners of downtown Bristol Borough have a “passionate desire to change the town” and that’s what makes them different, says local resident and city leader Bill Pezza.

  • Downtown Bristol Borough has been referred to as an “undiscovered gem” that they hope the rest of America will soon discover.

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