It’s no secret that Rhode Island is home to America’s oldest 4th of July celebration (held in Bristol), however, the Ocean State also hosts a variety of other activities throughout the week. For those of you still looking for something to do, check out our list of events celebrating America’s Independence in both Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts.
THURSDAY, JULY 2nd
N.K. Town Beach (North Kingstown) – Kick off your Independence Day celebrations early at North Kingstown’s Town Beach with a firework display beginning at 8:45pm. View the event website for parking information.
McCoy Stadium (Pawtucket) – Pawtucket’s own McCoy Stadium is hosting a patriotic firework display after the 6:15pm game against the Scranton WB Rail Riders. Purchase tickets ahead of time on the Pawsox website.
FRIDAY, JULY 3rd
McCoy Stadium (Pawtucket) – McCoy Stadium is hosting a second patriotic firework display after the Friday 6:15pm game against the Scranton WB Rail Riders. Purchase tickets ahead of time on the Pawsox website.
Hope Park (Scituate) – Scituate’s family friendly fireworks display at the Hope Jackson Fire Station features food and fun activities for the kids including balloon animals, temporary tattoos, a bounce house, and more! The food and fun starts at 5pm, and the fireworks start at 9pm.
Tucker Field (Cumberland) – Head to in Cumberland’s Tucker Field for food trucks, music, and fireworks starting at 5:30pm.
Governor John A. Notte Jr. Park (North Providence) – Food, fun, and music can be found at the Governor John A. Notte Jr. Park with entertainment by “Reminisce” and a food court from 6-9pm. Fireworks will begin around 9pm.
Drum and Bugle Corps Competition (Bristol) – America’s Most Patriotic Town is hosting the Drum and Bugle Corps Competition at the Mount Hope High School at 6pm. This event is held rain or shine!
Pierce Memorial Stadium (East Providence) – The celebrations start at 6pm with a concert featuring the bands Crushed Velvet and Kicking Hole followed by fireworks at 9pm. Food and beverage concessions are available at the event.
Oakland Beach Seawall (Warwick) – Warwick’s annual fireworks display will begin at approximately 9pm. Due to high traffic volume, visitors are recommended to seek alternative routes to the seawall area, or view the fireworks from City Park.
Town Beach Pavilion (Block Island) – Block Island’s firework show kicks off around 9pm and can be viewed from anywhere on the island.
Gloucester Memorial Park (Gloucester) – Part of Gloucester’s Ancients & Horribles celebration, a fireworks display begins at 9pm at Gloucester Memorial Park. There’s also a family carnival in the park from July 3rd-5th.
SATURDAY, JULY 4TH
Arnold Mills (Cumberland) – This year’s theme of the Arnold Mills July 4th Parade is “Sweet Land of Liberty” and kicks off with a road race at 9am followed by the parade at 11am and finishes with a concert at 1pm.
Hope Street (Bristol) – Bristol‘s famous Fourth of July Parade kicks off its 230th year at 10:30AM at the intersection of Chestnut Street and Hope Street. The event is popular and parking is minimal so plan ahead!
New Harbor (Block Island) – Enjoy your 4th on the island with the annual Fourth of July Parade. The event starts at 11am in New Harbor and ends in Old Harbor.
Main Street (Gloucester) – The infamous Ancients & Horribles Parade begins at 4pm along Main Street and ends at Acote’s Field.
Old Mountain Field (South Kingstown) – The largest town sponsored event at Old Mountain Field has food, games, and concerts starting at 5:30pm. Fireworks begin around 9pm.
World War II Memorial Park (Woonsocket) – Head down to the park for entertainment at 7pm and fireworks at 9pm.
India Point Park (Providence) – The BankRI Independence Day Celebration hosts the RI Philharmonic Pops performing at 7:30pm before the “state’s most spectacular fireworks display” at 9:15pm.
Newport Harbor (Newport) – Head to the City by the Sea for fireworks at 9:15pm. Additional information including best spots to view the display can be found on the event website.
Battleship Cove (Fall River, MA) – Watch the fireworks from the USS Massachusetts at Fall River’s Battleship Cove! Gates open at 7:30pm and fireworks begin at 9:30pm.
SUNDAY, JULY 5th
Bryant University Campus (Smithfield) – The Annual Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks on the Bryant University campus opens at 6pm and the U.S. Navy Band performs at 8pm. Fireworks begin at 9pm.
Located in “the Pier,” this four bedroom, two bath, arts and crafts style home is just a stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean and Narragansett sea wall. The home — appropriately named “Four Gables” — was built in 1898 by Rhode Island architect Willard Kent.
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Residential Properties Ltd. knows how important it is to give back to the community this holiday season. Each of our five offices are involved in a variety of charitable events to help out their local communities.
The Barrington office has raised hundreds of dollars for TAP-IN (Touch A Person In Need)—an organization run out of the lower level of the Barrington Public Library that helps local families in need. The organization serves residents of Barrington, Bristol, Warren and East Providence and collects food and clothing year round. Occasionally, they even offer transportation to medical appointments. To learn more about the organization, visit tapinri.com.
Also from the Barrington office Cindi James organizes the Fall River Christmas Stroll meant to bring the community together for a fun time. The event’s admission was one canned good for Saturday Kitchen in Fall River and participants were able to donate unwrapped gifts to Mission Hope.
Our Cumberland branch has donated their time and funds to Adopt-A-Family, Inc. of Woonsocket and have already adopted three families. Sandy Soares of the branch is also the Executive Director of the organization. Adopt-A-Family helps low income parents find generous donors to “adopt” their child’s wish list for the holidays. The donors buy the child 3-4 clothing items, 2-3 toys and fill a stocking with gifts. For more information on Adopt-A-Family visit woonsocketadoptafamily.org and be sure to check out our community video on the organization!
Also from the Cumberland branch, Ryan Antrop—the 2015 Board President of the Northern Rhode Island Board of REALTORS—chose to donate the $500 raised at a REALTOR Holiday Event to the Boys & Girls Club. The Boys & Girls Club of Cumberland-Lincoln runs valuable after-school and athletic programs that benefit area residents.
The Narragansett office has long been a supporter of the Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale—an organization out of South Kingstown whose mission is to eliminate hunger in its community. Jonnycake aims to provide assistance for those in need of food, clothing and household items. For more information on the Jonnycake Center visit jonnycakecenter.org.
The Providence office has participated in The Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family program for years. The Salvation Army pairs up a family in need with a sponsor who adopts the family for the holiday season. Through the program, the sponsor can help a family that is suffering from a severe physical, economic or emotional crisis. Sponsors are given a wish list for the family and then purchases food, toys, clothes, household items or grocery store certificates. To learn more about The Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family program, visit ctri.salvationarmy.org.
This year, the East Greenwich office is donating gifts and food baskets to the Swift Community Center for senior citizens in the town. The Community Center runs many programs for community seniors such as the Holiday Meal Program, choral groups and transportation.
To learn more about donating to a Rhode Island charitable organization this holiday season, check out the tips from the state’s Department of Business Regulation and the Office of the Attorney General.