Five Can’t-Miss Events: June 29–July 5
A craft and music festival, parades galore, Fourth of July fireworks and more fun things to do.
1. Bristol Fourth of July Parade
Do you want to take part in the oldest Fourth of July celebration in America? Well look no further: If you see street lines painted in red, white and blue, you are in the right place! Bristol is home to the 232nd Fourth of July parade and celebration, where thousands of locals and visitors alike celebrate Independence Day decked out in patriotic clothing year after year. The celebration began all the way back in 1785 when Reverend Henry Wight of the First Congregational Church conducted the first patriotic movement. To this day, the Fourth of July is still one of the most celebrated holidays in the nation, so grab a lawn chair and head on down to Bristol to see marching bands perform and parade floats drive by.
The Details: July 4. 10:30 a.m. parade start time. Free. The parade route starts on Chestnut Street and Hope Street, and ends on High Street, Bristol, july4thbristolri.com.
2. Fireworks Boat Ride
Celebrate the Fourth of July with the best seat in the house! Providence River Boat Company offers one-and-a-half to two-hour long boat rides to watch Independence Day fireworks along the Providence waterways. The charter launches from the docks of Hot Club and will then head to India Point to dock in the harbor for s spectacular view. This event is twenty-one plus, as both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be served.
The Details: July 4. 8:15–10 p.m. $50 per person. 575 South Water St., Providence, 401-580-2628, providenceriverboat.com.
3. Block Island Fourth of July Parade and Steak Fry
Block Island’s annual Fourth of July celebration kicks off with a traditional morning parade where floats, children, bands and even clowns march across the island. The parade is followed by the annual steak fry at the Fire Barn, which benefits the Block Island Fire Department. They will be serving steak, corn on the cob, salad and of course, the perfect summertime sweet treat: Watermelon! Hop on the ferry and head on over to Block Island for an islander Fourth of July celebration!
The Details:July 4. 11 a.m. parade start time. 12:30–3:30 p.m. food served. Free. The parade route starts at Veterans Park. The steak fry is at Fire Barn, Beach Avenue, Block Island, 800-838-2474, blockislandinfo.com.
4. Blackstone Valley Craft and Music Festival
Get ready for the first annual Blackstone Valley Craft and Music Festival, where both artisans and musicians come together for two days of fun! Enjoy live stage performances throughout the day and browse around the Artisan Village and Merchant Showcase to pick up a creation of your very own. There will also be arts and crafts demonstrations and as workshops to try your own hand at making jewelry making, sun catchers and even creating your very own bath bomb. Make sure to bring the kiddos along, as there will be a kids craft and play area where they can have their face painted or henna drawn on their arm. The festival will also feature food trucks, so grab a bite to eat while you enjoy the live music performances.
The Details: July 1–2. 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Free. WWII Veterans Memorial Park, 84 Social St., Woonsocket, eliteacegroup.wixsite.com.
5. Ancients and Horribles Parade
This Fourth of July parade is anything but horrible…it is an event that is sure to be a fun-filled day for the entire family! Unlike any other parade around, Ancients and Horribles has more than just floats and marching bands: It is a tradition for locals to spoof both local and national politics as they walk down Route 44. Bring along a blanket or lawn chair to mark your spot along the route, because this is a ninety-one-year-old custom you do not want to miss.
The Details: July 4. Free. The parade route is along Route 44 in the village of Chepachet, glocesterri.org.
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