Chief Marshals of the 236th Celebration

Ken, Steve & Mike Januario


May 12, at Bristol Maritime Center, Michele Martins announced the Chief Marshals for the 236th consecutive celebration.

Please extend congratulations to Ken, Steven and Mike and welcome them to the Fourth of July Chief Marshal family.

Roll back the clock to 1985, the 200th Celebration of the Bristol Fourth of July. The Chief Marshals selected that year, Tony, Joe and Manny Januario were lifetime Bristolians, committed to their families  and to their community. Fast forward to today, 36 years later, to this year’s 236th celebration of the  Bristol Fourth of July, and you will see the tradition continues with this year’s selection of Chief  Marshals. Also committed to their families and to the community, Ken, Mike and Steve Januario, also  lifetime Bristol residents, have been given the honor of Co-chief Marshals for this year’s celebration, as  their fathers did 36 years ago!  

Ken Januario (born on the 4th of July!) attended St. Elizabeth elementary school and then Bristol public  schools. Enlisting in the Navy in 1965, Ken served 4 years during the Vietnam Conflict as an electricians  mate. Most of the years were aboard the USS Point Defiance, a land docking ship, transporting soldiers  and supplies to shore in Vietnam. He then transferred to the aircraft carrier USS Princeton where he was on-board during the pick up of the Apollo 10 spacecraft in the Pacific Ocean. Upon honorary  discharge, he joined the family business, Sunshine Oil in 1969. Ken has been a member of the National  Association of Oil & Energy Service Professionals, Rhode Island chapter. 

Ken resides in Bristol with his wife Cyndi, whom he has been with for over 50 years. They both enjoy  family (especially their nieces and nephews), motorcycling, having traveled our beautiful country  extensively on 2 wheels! They also enjoy attending Ken‘s Navy ship reunions which are held annually at  different locations throughout the country.  

Michael attended Bristol schools and joined the family business in 1970. He graduated cum laude with  a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Roger Williams University and is active in  many organizations: Rhode Island Mechanical Board, Energy Marketers Association of Rhode Island  (Board of Directors), Oil & Energy service professionals, Mount Hope Farm (Board of Trustees), National  Oil Heat Research Alliance, National Energy Fuels Institute (Board of Directors). He has been married  40 years to his high school sweetheart, Maggy. They have two children, Michael Jr. and Marcy. They  have a beautiful granddaughter Sadie, who is 1 years old. Michael is an avid golfer and skier and  enjoys spending time on Narragansett Bay in the summer.  

Steven attended Bristol schools and joined the family business in 1989. He graduated Sawyer School  and Rhode Island College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication and is active in many  organizations and currently serves on the Bristol Harbor commission. He has been married for 27 years  to his wife, Kym. They have two children, Nicholas, a sophomore at Tufts University and Nathan, a  senior at MHHS. He spends his summers aboard his boat, enjoys fishing and is an avid skier. 

Ken, Mike and Steve’s grandfather started Sunshine Oil in 1938 as an ice and kerosene business. Their  fathers, Tony and Manny (also born on the 4th of July!) and uncle Joe built the business into a home  heating oil, delivery and service business. Today, 83 years later, Sunshine Fuels & Energy Services has  expanded to service Rhode Island and southeastern Mass. Through the business and individually, they have supported the community throughout the years. There are so many businesses and organizations  in Bristol that help make this town a great place to live, and they are honored to play a small part.