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Lots Of Options For Celebrating Independence Day In Rhode Island

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Across the ocean state, cities and towns are gearing up for July 4th. Parades are stepping off all weekend from South County to Burrillville. Bristol...

Across the ocean state, cities and towns are gearing up for July 4th. Parades are stepping off all weekend from South County to Burrillville. Bristol hosts the nation’s oldest Independence Day celebration; this year marks its 231st anniversary.

Residents can catch fireworks throughout the weekend; Woonsocket and Block Island have their shows on Sunday. Narragansett and providence celebrate on Monday.

The 90th annual Ancients and Horribles parade will march down Main Street in Gloucester this year. The parade is known for its crazy costumes and parodies of current events. 

Block Island

July 3rd + 4th Annual family picnic at Cove Room, BIMI, Ocean Avenue. Silent Auction and food at 6:30, concert at 7:30pm, fireworks at 9pm

July 4th Parade (Sports and Games theme) starting from Veterans Park at 11am. Followed by a Hot Dog eating contest at Poor People’s Pub.

July 4th Steak Fry (25$) hosted by the Block Island Fire Department at Fire Barn from 12:30 until supplies last.

Bristol

June 30-July 4th Free Concerts at Independence Park.  More info at July4thbristolri.com

July 2nd Independence Rhode Race Half Marathon at Independence. 6:30 a.m.

July 3rd Celebration including reading of the Declaration of Independence, 18th century games, music and toast at Coggeshall Farm, 10am – noon.

July 3rd Fireworks at Independence Park. 9:30 p.m.

4th of July Carnival at Town Common, Thu-Fri 5pm-closing, Sat-Mon 11pm-closing.

July 4th Patriotic Exercises Colt Memorial School, 8:30 a.m.

226th  July 4th Parade, oldest in the country, at 10:30am from Chestnut and Hope streets.

July 4th Parade Picnic at Linden Place. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. $80, children $55, includes both breakfast and lunch.

Central Falls

July 1st Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall at 12pm.

Coventry

July 4th Fireworks at Johnson’s Pond in front of Wood Cove. Dusk.

Cranston

July 5th 27th Annual Drum and Bugle Corps Competition at Cranston Stebbins Stadium. Music begins at 7pm. Bleacher reservations run 30-40$, GA is 20$, and children 12 and under are 10$.

Cumberland

July 3rd Celebration at the Tucker Field Complex including a Food Truck Rally 5-9pm, music at 6:30pm and fireworks at 9pm.

July 4th Arnold mills Road Race from the North Cumberland Fire station. $14 entry fee. Race begins at 9am, parade at 11am on Nate Whipple Highway.

July 4th Concert on the green in front of Arnold Mills United Methodist Church at 1pm.

East Providence

July 3rd Concert at Pierce Memorial Stadium at 6pm, fireworks at 9pm.

Fall River

July 4th Fireworks on the waterfrom at 9pm. Battleship Cove offers a view from the deck of the Battleship Massachusetts at 8$ a person. Doors at 7:30 pm.

Glocester

July 1-3, Carnival at Glocester Memorial Park. 2-9 pm.

July 2nd, Chepachet Ancients and Horribles Electric Flood and Clam Bake at Glocester Memorial Park. Food at 6pm, music at 7pm, fireworks at 9pm.

July 2nd , Fireworks, 9pm

July 4th Road Race from the Chepachet Union Church at 9am.

July 4th, 90th annual Ancients and Horribles Parade, 4pm. Started in 1926, this parade spoofs local and national politics.

Jamestown

July 3rd Music at East Ferry Memorial Square at 7:30 p.m., Fireworks at 9pm.

Narragansett

July 4th Chick hatch at South County Museum from 10am-2pm.

July 4th beach party 5-10pm at Narragansett Town Beach, with sandcastles and a band. Fireworks at dusk.

Newport

July 4th Barbeque at Rose Island Lighthouse from 5:30-10:30 pm. Food, drinks, music and fireworks. $90 includes transportation to the island; $65 for walk-on without transportation; children 6-12 $35; children 5 and younger free.

July 4th Celebration on the Old Colony House steps 10-1pm. Reading of the Declaration of Independence at noon.

July 4th Fireworks at Newport Harbor. 9:15pm.

North Kingstown

July 2nd, Lafayette Band Independence Day Concert at North Kingstown Town Beach, 7 pm, fireworks after concert. Free.

July 4th fireworks 9pm.

North Providence

July 3rd celebration at Governor John A. Notte Park including entertainment and a food court 6-9pm and fireworks at 9pm.

Pawtucket

July 1-3, fireworks after PawSox games at McCoy Stadium. PawSox vs. Columbus Clippers, July 1 at 6:15 p.m.; July 2-3 at 6:05 p.m. Fireworks immediately after the games. Game tickets $6-$13.

Portsmouth

July 4th fireworks over the cow pastures at Escobar’s Farm. 9:30pm

Providence

July 4th concert and fireworks in India Point Park. Family festivities begin at 4:30pm. The bike parade starts at 6pm. Music at 8pm. Fireworks at 9pm.

Scituate

July 3rd  Hope and Jackson Fire Company’s Celebration at Hope Park. Kids’ activities at 5pm, fireworks at 9pm.

July 4th Old Home Days at Old Congregational Church. Festivities begin at 12. Free.

Smithfield

July 1st concert and fireworks, 7-9pm

July 2nd,  U.S. Navy Band concert at Bryant University. Campus opens at 6pm, music at 8pm, fireworks follow at 9pm.

South Kingstown

July 4th Celebration at Old Mountain Field. Music at 5:30pm. Fireworks at 9pm.

July 4th Snug Harbor Parade at Snug Harbor Marina. 6-7pm.

Tiverton

July 4th Four Corners 4th of July Antique Show at the Meeting House. 9am-4pm.

Wakefield

July 4th fireworks 9pm

Warwick

Fireworks at Oakland Beach Seawall on July 5th at dusk.

Westerly

July 2nd Independence Day Clambake at Weekapaug Inn, Restaurant and Amphitheater Lawn, 6-10pm, $105, children 4-12 $40, children 3 and younger are free.

July 4th Pig Roast at Weekapug Inn, Restaurant and Amphitheatre Lawn. Dinner at 5:30-8 p.m. S’mores at 8:30-10 p.m. $85, children 4-12 $40, children 3 and younger free. Reservations by phone.

Woonsocket

July 3rd Music at Barry Memorial Field. Swing City Band 7pm, fireworks at 9 pm.

Bristol's Independence Day parade
Bristol's Independence Day parade