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Pop star Taylor Swift parties in Rhode Island

Taylor Swift (front) and her “touring family’’ at the singer’s Independence Day party at her beach house in Westerly, R.I.

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Taylor Swift (front) and her “touring family’’ at the singer’s Independence Day party at her beach house in Westerly, R.I.

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Ocean State taxpayer Taylor Swift brought her “touring family” to her 11,000-square-foot home in Westerly over the weekend for an Independence Day bash between their Vancouver, B.C., and Pittsburgh gigs. Swift, who purchased her Rhode Island estate a few months ago for about $17 million (she reportedly paid cash), took pictures during the house party and posted them on her blog for fans. The images show Swift with her dancer and musician friends posing on Adirondack chairs, face (and chest) painting, enjoying the Watch Hill fireworks, and dining around a table in her expansive yard. Swift wrote on her blog: “Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays of the year. This time around, my touring family joined me at the beach and I wanted to show you some of the pictures because you’re the reason we all get to be on tour together. You’ve seen us all in our show costumes on the Red Tour. Here’s what we all look like in RED, white, and blue :).” Westerly police tell us there were no issues while the singer was in town. Most of the excitement around Swift’s visit was on Twitter, where fans gushed about seeing the superstar near the beach. “Just saw her leave her house and she waved,” tweeted Regan Kommor. “Just enjoyed the watch hill fireworks right next to @taylorswift13 house & saw all of her friends running around! I’m basically famous,” tweeted Sierra Gridley. Fans were amused to see the new “No Trespassing” signs around Swift’s property. They say, “I knew you were trouble when you walked in.” In case you don’t know, that’s a lyric from her song “Trouble.” Swift will return to the area for shows at Gillette Stadium on July 26 and 27.

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