The Fourth of July may fall on a Wednesday this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate like it’s a weekend. Tons of fireworks will be lighting up the sky this Independence Day, continuing a tradition created in the 1700s. We’ve wrangled up all the most dazzling fireworks displays our state has to offer, along with some pro tips, so you can start planning how to celebrate America!
(RI Blogger’s guide is listed in alphabetical order of location. Please note each show generally begins after sundown,).
July 2nd, 7:30 (live music start), 9 p.m. (approximate fireworks start)
Get a jump on your July 4th celebration with this annual fireworks display launched directly from Town Beach Pavilion. Live music starts around 7:30 p.m., while the fireworks will hit the sky as soon as it’s suitably dark (approximately 9 p.m.)!
*RI BLOGGER TIP – You can see these fireworks from all points on the island so investigate a nearby private spot for you and your loved ones in case you find that TBP gets too crowded.
July 3rd, 9:30 p.m.
Going into its 233rd year, Bristol is billed as “America’s Oldest Fourth of July Celebration.” The town offers a series of events in honor of the holiday, sprinkled throughout the summer season.
*RI BLOGGER TIP – Before the 9:30 p.m. show, the team urges visitors to go to their Concert Series around 6 p.m., visit local restaurants, walk through Bristol’s beautiful downtown and do some shopping. After a good old fashioned day there, you’ll surely be excited to watch the spectacular fireworks display over the Bristol Harbor!
July 3rd, 9 p.m. (Rain Date: July 5th)
Held at the Tucker Field Complex, this annual display is sure to be tons of fun for the whole family! Come early to not only grab a good seat, but to enjoy the stylings of local band Kelley Lennon.
*RI BLOGGER TIP – Arrive at 5 p.m. to enjoy their food truck rally which will feature a clam shack, BBQ, wings, sweets and more!
East Providence, RI
July 3rd, (Rain Date: July 5th)
Food, concessions, and a FREE concert featuring Kicking Hole & Crushed Velvet. All of this fun will be followed by FIREWORKS!
July 1, 9 p.m. (Rain date: July 6th)
And the rocket (hogs) red glare! Enjoy music by Next Stop on the town square at 7:30 p.m., prior to the special display. The Fireworks will be set from a barge in East Ferry.
*RI BLOGGER TIP – Parking is available along CanonicusAvenue, Narragansett Avenue (and other downtown side streets where parking is not illegal).
MISQUAMICUT STATE BEACH FIREWORKS
July 5th, 9 p.m.
Misquamicut keeps the party going a day after the holiday! The display will be on Misquamicut Beach and visible from Atlantic Ave.
*RI BLOGGER TIP – There are tons of great restaurant/bars located on Misquamicut beach, try to make a reservation at one of them so you have a prime fireworks viewing spot!
July 4th, 6 p.m.
Before the fireworks, enjoy a beach party at Town Beach! The festivities will include Brass Force playing from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00p.m. on the deck at the North Beach Clubhouse. Fireworks will go off at dusk!
July 4th, 9:15 p.m. (Rain date: July 5th)
The Newport 4th of July Fireworks Display will begin after dark, at approximately 9:15 p.m. To get the ultimate viewing experience, sit along Newport Harbor, facing west.
*RI BLOGGER TIP – for an extra good time, you can watch this spectacular display from Rose Island, where a BBQ will be held from 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
North Kingston, RI
July 3rd, 9 p.m. (Rain Date: July 6th)
Lafayette Band begins at 7 p.m. and fireworks will start at dusk at town beach!
North Providence, RI
July 3rd, 9 p.m. (Rain date: July 5th)
Gear up for this exciting fireworks display with entertainment and food from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. The Fireworks will go at 9 p.m.!
July 2nd & 3rd after 6:15 p.m. game
Double the fun! Join in on a Rhode Island Independence Day tradition and head down to McCoy Stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox Annual Post Game Fireworks display on July 2nd and 3rd. First pitch is at 6:15 p.m. The fireworks will be after the game, which is presented by Dave’s Marketplace and NBC 10.
July 4th, 9:30 p.m.
Head on down to Escobar’s Farm for this privately funded (by the Escobar family) and homey show! Hundreds of people gather after dark at Escobar’s Farm at 133 Middle Road to watch the display, which is both a celebration of our nation’s independence as well as an annual community gathering tradition. Many enjoy the show because of its rural, community feel. It also is an opportunity to explore the farm.
*RI BLOGGER TIP – All guests of the Inn are invited to join Dawn, the Innkeeper, at the back area of the property, as it is the perfect vantage point for viewing the fireworks! Dawn sets up the chairs and blankets on the lawn and lights the fire pit for making s’mores. Donations are encouraged — since the show does not receive formal town or state funding and is run entirely through donations and volunteers…and the kindness of Mr. Escobar’s heart. There is an old metal milk can, tied to the tree out in front of Jane & Louie’s house, where donations can be placed!
July 4th, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
This family-friendly tradition honors the birth of our nation while bringing Providence’s diverse neighborhoods together for a cultural celebration. The event will feature family friendly activities, live entertainment and a fireworks display. This event is free and open to the public.
July 3rd, 9 p.m.
Set at Hope Jackson Fire Station (they put the FIRE in fireworks) at Hope Park, this event will sell: clam cakes, burgers, hot dogs, drinks, and give away free chowder! Fun activities for the kids will include: bounce house, face painting, shrine clowns, balloon animals, temporary tattoos, smoke trailer, glow-sticks and more at 5 p.m. Fireworks will begin around sundown!
July 2nd, 9 p.m. (Rain Date: July 9th)
Bryant University and the Town of Smithfield invite Smithfield residents for a performance by the U.S. Navy Band and fireworks at the institution’s Bulldog Stadium. Campus opens at 6 p.m., the special performance begins at 8 p.m. and fireworks start at 9 p.m.
July 4th, 9 p.m. (Rain Date: July 5th)
Partake in the fun at this annual Fourth of July Celebration at Old Mountain Field. The festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. with a concert featuring “Take it to the Bridge”, a high-energy cover band from Southern Rhode Island playing hits you know and love. Fireworks scheduled to begin at 9:00pm.
*RI BLOGGER TIP – Come early and enjoy food concessions and children’s activities for ages 4 to 7!
July 3rd, 9 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Rain Date: July 5th)
The city’s annual fireworks display celebrates Independence Day at the Oakland Beach seawall! Fireworks will begin at dusk (approximately 9 p.m.).
*RI BLOGGER TIP – Residents are advised that the fireworks can also be viewed from City Park, which offers fantastic, unobstructed views of the display along the shoreline.