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Where to Celebrate 4th of July in Rhode Island

Nick Slocum, SRS, ABR, ePRO, RENE, CIC

Nick Slocum is a third generation real estate broker and Vice President at The Slocum Agency, a real estate brokerage and insurance agency in Warwick,...

Nick Slocum is a third generation real estate broker and Vice President at The Slocum Agency, a real estate brokerage and insurance agency in Warwick,...

Jul 1 7 minutes read

Where to Celebrate in Rhode Island

July 1st

Jamestown – East Ferry Beach – 9 pm    

Music begins on Memorial Square at 7:30 pm

July 2nd

Newport – Newport Harbor – 9 pm

Pawtucket – McCoy Stadium – 9 pm    

July 3rd

Block Island – Crescent Beach – 9:45 pm: The more the merrier for this patriotic event, so bring the whole gang and all the accouterments — chairs, blankets, picnics, and glow sticks for the kids. Live music starts around 7:30 pm.

Bristol – Independence Park – 9:30 pm: The nation’s oldest Fourth of July celebration, established in 1785 by Rev. Henry Wight of the First Congregational Church and Veteran of the Revolutionary War.  

Cumberland – Tucker Field – 8:30 pm: Food Truck Rally from 5 to 9 pm with music by Kelly Lennon 6:30 to 9 pm.

North Kingstown – Town Beach – 8:45 pm:   Layfayatte Band starts playing at 7 pm.

North Providence – Notte Park – 9 pm:  Entertainment and food court starting at  6 pm.

Pawtucket – McCoy Stadium – 9 pm    

Scituate – Hope Park – 9 pm        

July 4th


Coventry - Johnsons Pond - 9:30 pm 

Narragansett – Narragansett Town Beach – 9 pm: Festivities start mid-day with fun-filled activities taking place on the beach, followed by a free public concert performed by Brass Force at 5 pm.

Portsmouth – Escobar’s Farm – 9:30 pm   

Providence – India Point Park – 9 pm: The event starts at 7 pm, featuring family-friendly activities, live entertainment, and a fireworks display. 

South Kingstown – Old Mountain Field – 9 pm    

Westerly - Weekapaug Inn - 9:30 pm    


Bristol – Hope St and Chesnut– 10:30 am   

Cumberland – 50 Arnold Mills Rd - 11 am    

Block Island – Veterans Park - 11 am    

July 5th

East Providence – Pierce Stadium – 6 pm Gates open at 6 pm for food, concessions. Music by Kicking Hole and Crushed Velvet. 

Smithfield – Bryant University – 9 pm: Bryant University campus opens to the public at 6 p.m. U.S. Navy Band will perform at 8 pm.

July 7th

Warwick – Oakland Beach Seawall – 9 pm    

BONUS: Our Favorite 4th of July Playlist

Top 10 Firework Displays in the United States

1. New York, New York: Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks

Now in its 43rd year, the nation’s largest fireworks display lights up the night over the East River. This year, fireworks will go off from and near the iconic Brooklyn Bridge while paying homage to the theme of “American cinema.” You can expect to see tributes to the Wizard of Oz, Star Wars, Superman and E.T. through a very dramatic score. In the area? There’s no better vantage point than on the water via the Circle Line, Seastreak, or Spirit cruises.

2. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Wawa Welcome America July 4th Fireworks & Concert

Philadelphia lives up to its status as "America's Birthplace" by starting the celebration days ahead of July 4th! There are two firework shows before the big one on Independence Day itself. On the 4th, the city shuts down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway leading up to the Philadelphia Art Museum (where the fireworks will go off overhead) for the biggest “block party” you’ll enjoy. In the hours before the fireworks, you’ll also get to enjoy a concert featuring Jennifer Hudson and Meghan Trainor. 

3. Washington, D.C.: Fireworks at the National Mall

Our nation’s capital goes big with a fireworks display illuminating the many significant historical monuments and memorials in the area. Viewing areas include the Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson Memorials, among others. The best spot may be the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, especially if you arrive early to enjoy the live concert, A Capitol Fourth, put on by PBS. This year includes a salute to the 50th anniversary of Sesame Street and a performance of the 1812 Overture by the National Symphony Orchestra.

4. Boston, Massachusetts: Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

The nation’s oldest public Fourth of July celebration scores a 20-minute long fireworks display with music by the Boston Pops (this year, they’ll host special guest Queen Latifah). As with other shows, arriving early for a good spot will reward you with even more entertainment — like a 50th anniversary tribute to Woodstock by Arlo Guthrie.

5. Saint Louis, Missouri: Fair St. Louis

The Flaming Lips, Keith Sweat and Brett Young lead the entertainment at “America’s Biggest Birthday Party,” which takes place at the famous Arch. The fireworks show takes place nightly from July 4-6. Over the course of those three days, 15,000 pounds of fireworks will certainly let freedom ring.

6. New Orleans, Louisiana: Go Forth on the River

There’s nothing quite like New Orleans’ annual Fourth of July fireworks display. Where else can you see two displays going off at once from dueling barges on the Mississippi River? You can see this show from really any part of town, but the closer you get to the river, the better! For an extra-special night, make a reservation to watch from the New Orleans riverboats: the Creole Queen and the Steamboat Natchez

7. Dallas, Texas: Addison Kaboom Town!

Located just outside of Dallas, Addison’s annual fireworks display routinely tops “best of” lists (including accolades from the American Pyrotechnics Association). While most fireworks shows go for 20 minutes, Addison's is one of the longest in the nation at 30! If you go, you’re in good company — the town of Addison’s population increases from around 16,000 to 500,000. Just make sure to arrive on the right day: The fireworks go off on the 3rd, not the 4th.

8. Pasadena, California: Americafest

One of Southern California’s largest fireworks display takes place at the Rose Bowl Stadium, where there’s plenty of seating to take in the spectacular scene. If you plan on getting there early — say, 2 pm — you can keep your little ones occupied at the Family Fun Zone held on-site.

9. Las Vegas, Nevada: Fourth of July Fireworks (multiple shows)

The Strip is a sight to see on Independence Day, and it’s not just because of the neon signs and fanciful casino light shows. From Mandalay Bay to Caesar’s, multiple casinos compete with shows and displays. It's up to you to decide which you like best!

10. San Diego, California: Big Bay Boom

If the name of this annual fireworks show rings a bell (and you’re not a local), it might be because of the famous 2012 viral video where all the fireworks in the 18-minute-long display went off in about 12 seconds. It hasn’t happened since, but the spectacle is no less spectacular in comparison.

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