10 Things to Do for the 4th of July

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  1. Independence Day Clambake

July 4, 6:30 to 10 p.m.

Land of the free, home of the hungry. The lawn of the Weekapaug Inn will feature a buffet of steamed lobsters, traditional summertime sides, BBQ classics and fresh seafood at the Independence Day Clambake. From live music to s’mores after sundown, the inn hosts a great cookout — and you don’t have to do the dishes. The event is $105 for adults, $50 for children and free for children three and younger.

2. Bristol Fourth of July Celebration

July 3 and 4

It’s been a longstanding tradition to celebrate the red, white and…Bristol. On Monday, July 3 at 6:30 p.m., the patriotic affair will feature music from Trinity and Sixwire, and crowds will be drum-lining up to see the Drum and Bugle Corps Competition at the Cranston Stebbins Stadium at 6 p.m. Carnival rides will offer entertainment on the Town Common every day until July 5. The parade will commence on Tuesday, July 4 at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Hope and Chestnut streets, with appearances ranging from Colonials to clowns.

3. Block Island

July 4

Hop on the ferry and see how the island does the Fourth of July. The annual parade starts at 11 a.m. from Veterans Park, and the Annual Steak Fry will dish out fun from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Fire Barn on Beach Avenue.  The theme for this year’s parade is “Block Island Memories,” and those who attend will only be making more.

4. Providence

July 4

Celebrate Independence Day at India Point Park with all of Providence’s culturally diverse neighborhoods. A bike parade kicks off at 6 p.m. at City Hall and all children and adults are invited to participate as the brigade cycles along the river. The family-friendly festivities continue at the park at 7 p.m. with live music from Soraiya and the Navy Band Northeast, food trucks and fireworks.

5. Newport

July 4

Behind every holiday is history, so get a historic perspective of the Fourth by paying a visit to Newport. Stop by the Colony House and Washington Square for a morning of patriotic activities, which includes a reading of the Declaration of Independence. More than a dozen houses of worship will also be open to the public for tours, providing a unique opportunity to celebrate religious freedom and the First Amendment.

6. Arnold Mills July 4th Parade and Road Race

July 4

Ready, set, celebrate! Runners in the July 4th Road Race will take off at 9 a.m., the parade will start at 11 a.m. and the concert will begin at 1 p.m. Costumed parade walkers and bicyclists dressed as ancients and horribles are eligible for awards. The theme for this year’s parade is “Stars and Stripes Forever,” so join the town of Cumberland in their annual festivities honoring the U.S.A.

7. Ancients and Horribles Parade

July 4

It’s time for the 91st annual Ancients and Horribles Parade…and this year they should have plenty of material. Glocester locals will put satirical twists on local and national politics beginning at 4 p.m. as they make their way down Putnam Pike. Funny costumes, unusually decorated vehicles and an amused audience will line the streets to watch the tradition march on.

8. South Kingstown July 4th Celebration

July 4

Old Mountain Field is once again being transformed into a Fourth of July hotspot. With live musical entertainment from Take it to the Bridge, children’s activities and food vendors, there’s a reason this tradition has been going on for decades. The event will be held from 5 to 9:30 p.m., culminating with a fireworks display.

9. Narragansett Beach Party

July 4

Red sunburns, white clouds and blue skies are only going be the start of patriotism at Narragansett Town Beach. Festivities will start mid-day when people can build sandcastles with Sandtasia. Brass Force will perform from 5 to 7 p.m. on the deck at the North Beach Clubhouse, followed by fireworks at dusk.

10. Fireworks

Name a more iconic duo than the Fourth of July and fireworks…I’ll wait. Here’s a list of fireworks to watch by you.

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