Statewide Guide to Fourth of July Weekend

Thursday, July 01, 2010


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For such a small state, Rhode Island celebrates Independence Day weekend in a big way. What would you expect from the first colony to declare independence? This year, celebrate the Fourth in grand style, from fireworks in the city to small town parades. GoLocalProv compiled the best list of everything going on this weekend, just for you.

Block Island

JULY 4  Block Island Fourth of July Parade: 11am, Water Street, 800-383-2474. A homespun patriotic parade along The Block's main street – and a good old-fashioned steak fry at the town fire department. Well worth the ferry trip.

Concert and Fireworks: varied times, free, Fred Benson Town Beach Pavilion, 7 Corn Neck Road, 466-7717. Booze Beggars performing at 7:30pm, fireworks at 9pm


Rhode Island is proud to have this historic town's acclaim as site of the oldest Fourth Of July parade in the country, and this year, the 225th anniversary of that parade, makes for an even more special July 4th weekend in the East Bay. So much so, we gave Bristol its own article. For the list of historic and fabulous Independence Day celebrations in Bristol, click here!

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JULY 4  Fireworks: Dusk at Johnson’s Pond


JULY 3  Fireworks: 9pm at Tucker Field, Mendon Rd (parking limited to Tucker Field parking area and the parking lot behind Cumberland High School).

JULY 5  Arnold Mills July 4th Parade and Concert: 11am, Arnold Mills Village Common, 333-1381. This local village celebration of America's Independence Day is a family tradition that began in 1927. Come for a parade, food, live music, and a good time. Concert On The Green following at 1pm in front of the Arnold Mills United Methodist Church.

East Providence

JULY 3  Concert and Fireworks: Gates open 6:30pm, fireworks 9pm, free, Pierce Field, 201 Mercer St, 435-7514. Gates open at 6:30pm for the concert and food concessions. (No coolers or pets!)


JULY 5  84th Annual 4th of July Ancients & Horribles Parade: 4pm, Nothing is sacred when Glocester locals spoof local and national politics during the famous Ancients and Horribles Parade on the Fourth of July. The holiday irreverence has been ongoing since 1926 and is a must-see. 568-6206.


JULY 3  Fireworks Display with Chowda and Clam Cakes: 5-10pm, free, Hope Jackson Fire Department, 117 Main St, 828-6460. Old-fashioned fun at the Hope Jackson Fire Company, from  free activities for children including a bounce house, and a chance to interact with fire fighters in a trailer that simulates a smoky environment to teach proper safety. Free chowder will be provided from 5-8pm, and the fireworks kick off after dark.


They've never really recovered from that British occupation during the war. Newport celebrates the Fourth on land and sea, and we've got everything that's going on. Click here for the complete list of fun Fourth events in this beautiful waterfront town!

North Kingstown

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JULY 4  Lafayette Band Concert and Fireworks: 7pm, free, North Kingstown Town Beach, 15 Beach St, 294-3331. Fireworks follows the concert.

North Providence

JULY 3  Independence Day Celebration: 6-9:30pm, free. Governor Notte Park, 1160 Douglas Ave, 233-1445. Nightlife Orchestra performs. Fireworks start at 9pm and there's a food court available.


JULY 1-3  Post-game fireworks after PawSox games each night, McCoy Stadium, 1 Columbus Ave, 724-7300. A patriotic display following the Pawsox game.


JULY 3-4  Independence Weekend Celebration: India Point Park, 109 India St. Live music at Providence’s newly restored and beautiful India Point Park. July 3: Songs of George M. Cohan, 4:30pm, United States Army Band, 7:30pm; July 4: RI Philharmonic Pops, 7:30pm. Fireworks display, 9:15pm.

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JULY 4  Concert: 7:30-9pm, free, Waterplace Park, 1 Finance Way, 621-1992. Concert from Jazz musician Carlos de Leon.


JULY 3  Old Home Days: 5-8pm, free, Route 226, Town Commons, Gazebo. Celebration at the Gazebo, with a performance by The Old Time Fiddlers.


JULY 2  Concert and Fireworks: 7-9pm, Deerfield Park, Smithfield. Concert by Paul Borrelli Band, followed by fireworks. 

South Kingstown

JULY 4  Barbecue and Fireworks: 5-9pm, $1 for fireworks, Old Mountain Field, 789-9301 (Call for tickets to the barbeque). Family barbecue and children’s activities 5 to 9 pm, followed by a fireworks display at 9 pm.  

July 4  Snug Harbor Parade: 6pm, starts on Sherman Rd, 789-0409. Parade travels through Sherman Rd, Point Ave, Hull St, Goosebery Rd, West St, Hartford Ave – and then back. Reviewing stand in front of the Snug Harbor Marina.


JULY 3  Fireworks: 9pm, Oakland Beach, Oakland Beach Ave, 738-2000 x6404



JULY 3  Concert and fireworks: Concert 6-9pm, fireworks 9:15pm, World War II State Park, Social St, 762-9717. New England’s #1 Oldies Band Kings Row performs a patriotic show – followed by fireworks!


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