The Perfect Fourth of July in Rhode Island!
Break out the barbecue and your red, white and blue apparel—it’s the Fourth of July in the Ocean State, and Rhode Islanders certainly know how to celebrate! If you’re looking for places to be on Independence Day, check out these great fireworks and festivals happening over the weekend.
Bristol’s Fourth of July parade began in 1785 and is one of the oldest Independence Day celebrations in the United States. The parade also has a long history with the infamous Providence mayor Buddy Cianci. Though only Bristol officials were meant to walk, he marched through on his horse every year—until he was banned from the parade in the 80s.
Each year, the city’s Department of Art, Culture and Tourism hosts a July 4 evening celebration full of family-friendly events and live entertainment. Last year, the city kicked off its first annual bike parade, which started in Downtown Providence and went on to pick up more and more cyclists as it continued toward India Point Park. There was even free bike parking at the park on the other side! Fireworks tend to go off starting at 9 p.m.
On the Fourth of July, you can have a perfect viewing spot of the fireworks from practically any spot on Block Island. We recommend the edge of the Great Salt Pond, where Block Island hosts cocktails, croquet on the lawn, a barbecue dinner and a silent auction. Funds go to protect the pond.
Join the Newport Historical Society on a walking tour throughout the city, and discover the role it played in American Independence! The tour lasts for 75 minutes, and you should certainly reserve tickets ahead of time, especially on this busy weekend!
All day long, you’ll find plenty of activities going on in Washington Square. Hang out in the morning to enjoy some jazz and marches, and then catch members of the Rhode Island Society and Sons of the Revolution reading the declaration of Independence from the front steps of the Old Colony House.
What better way to catch the fireworks than while at sea? Bring your own beer aboard the Schooner Madeleine, Schooner Aurora or Rum Runner II and hang out on the waves from sunset until the late evening.
Kick back some baseball, brews, and buds at your local minor league baseball game! The stadium always shoots out fireworks after games each night.
Grab a few folding chairs and head out along Gooseberry Road and Hartford Avenue to view this fantastic local parade, which is led by the local volunteer fire department. The kids will love getting a view at their impressive new fire engine.
Come for the music and stay for the fireworks! This annual concert invites viewers to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets to watch the nonprofit Lafayette Band. Music usually starts at 7 p.m.!
There’s little more patriotic than a concert and fireworks under the stars. This local event is typically held at Bryant University, which provides a cozy setting for America’s annual celebration of freedom and patriotism.