12 Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July

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Fireworks at McCoy Stadium. Photo from the PawSox Facebook page.

1. McCoy Stadium’s Post-Game Fireworks

McCoy Stadium is celebrating Independence Day with Patriotic Post-Game Fireworks Spectaculars on July 2 and 3, after two PawSox games against the Red Wings. First pitch begins at 6:15 p.m., and the fireworks go off after the games. McCoy Stadium, 1 Columbus Ave., Pawtucket, 401-724-7300, milb.com/pawtucket.

Block Island fireworks.

2. Block Island Fireworks

Get a jump on your Fourth of July festivities with Block Island’s beautiful fireworks display on July 2 right on Crescent Beach! Bring chairs, blankets, the kids, the glow sticks and the whole nine-yards – it will be fun for the whole family! Live music starts at 7:30 p.m., followed by fireworks starting at 9 p.m. July 2. Crescent Beach, Town Beach Pavilion, 7 Corn Neck Rd., Block Island, 800-383-2474, blockislandinfo.com.

3. Bryant University Fireworks

Open to current students, alums and the general public, Bryant University is hosting a full-blown fireworks show with live music and concessions on July 2 at 9 p.m. The campus will be open to the public at 6 p.m. with the U.S. Navy Band starting at 8 p.m. The committee asks that you do not bring personal fireworks, drones, pets, grills or alcoholic beverages to the event. July 2. Bryant University, Bulldog Stadium, 1150 Douglas Ave. Turnpike, Smithfield, 401-232-6000, events.bryant.edu.

4. Harbor Lights’ Old-Fashioned Lobster Boil and Warwick Fireworks

Harbor Lights’ lobster boil will be held poolside on July 3 at the Tiki Bar, providing an amazing backdrop to the evening’s Fourth of July fireworks display put on by the city of Warwick at 9 p.m. The menu will consist of chowder, clam cakes, a one-and-a-quarter-pound lobster, barbecue smoked chicken, local steamers, coleslaw, cornbread, baked beans with pancetta, garden salad, local corn and watermelon and brownies. This VIP event will feature a live deejay along with preferred parking. Reservations are $54 per guest. A cash bar will be available. July 3. Harbor Lights, 150 Gray St., Warwick, 401-737-6353, harborlightsri.com.  


Bristol 4th

Bristol’s Fireworks display. Photo from Bristol Fourth of July Celebration’s Facebook page.

5. Bristol Fourth of July Fireworks and Parade

The oldest Fourth of July celebration in the United States, Bristol is hosting fireworks over Bristol Harbor on July 3 at 9:30 p.m. The best places to view these fireworks are on Thames Street, Independence Park, the roof deck bar at Thames Waterside Bar and Grill and the Beach House. Come by Independence Park beforehand, starting at 6 p.m., to listen to live music before the fireworks, and return for the parade the following day, which kicks off at 10:30 a.m.! There are other events happening, including a daily carnival, concert series and food truck night. Find a schedule for all the events hereJuly 3 and 4. Bristol Harbor, Bristol, fourthofjulybristolri.com.

6. Narragansett Beach Party and Fireworks

The town of Narragansett is hosting a beach party on Independence Day. Festivities will commence mid-day with performances by Magician Scott Jameson from 2–3 p.m. and Brass Force from 5–7 p.m., both to be held on the deck of North Beach Clubhouse. Fireworks will begin at dusk. July 4. Narragansett Town Beach, 39 Boston Neck Rd., Narragansett, 401-789-1044, narragansettri.gov.


Weekapaug Inn clambake.

7. Independence Day Clambake at the Weekapaug Inn

Round up your friends and family for a spirited patriotic soirée complete with an impressive selection of clambake fare, which includes steamed lobsters, traditional summertime sides, irresistible barbecue classics and fresh seafood. In addition, refreshing beverages and s’mores will be provided as you sit under the stars and listen to live music. Prices are $125 per adult, $65 per child ages four to twelve and children three years and younger are complimentary. The event takes place from 6–10 p.m. July 4. Weekapaug Inn, 25 Spray Rock Rd., Westerly, 888-565-5023, oceanhouseevents.com.


City of Providence Fireworks

8. City of Providence Fireworks at India Point Park

Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture and Tourism and the Providence Tourism Council are hosting the city’s annual Independence Day Celebration at India Point Park July 4. The event begins at 7 p.m. with featured performers, the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast, followed by fireworks. In addition, food will be available for purchase from fourteen local food vendors like Friskie Fries, Poppy’s Kettle Corn and Waffles and more! Children and adults may even bike to the park, if they wish; they may secure their rides for free with the Bike Valet operated by Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition between 5:30 and 10 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. July 4, India Point Park, 201 India St., Providence, 401-680-7201, artculturetourism.com.

9. Newport Music Festival and Fireworks

Kick off Independence Day and the fiftieth anniversary of the Newport Music Festival July 4 at King Park in Newport with a free concert featuring Boston Brass, followed by fireworks along Newport Harbor. Preceding the concert will be the national anthem and tunes honoring the U.S. Military. The festival occurs for nineteen days. Boston Brass will also perform Copland’s “Simple Gifts,” Carmichael’s “Stardust,” Gershwin’s “Summertime” and Bernstein’s “America,” all of which reflect composers’ experiences in the U.S. It’s a perfect way to spend time in beautiful, historic Newport while taking pride in your country. July 4. Free admission. King Park, 125 Wellington Ave., Newport, 401-849-0700, newportmusic.org

10. Fall River Fireworks

All aboard the battleship USS Massachusetts! The city of Fall River is bringing in Independence Day with a fireworks display from the decks of this famous battleship July 4. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks begin at approximately 9:30 pm. Tickets to view the fireworks from Battleship Cove are $8 per person, and they are currently available at the Battleship Cove’s Museum Gift Shop 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. So get them while you can! No bags or coolers are allowed and expect to go through a security checkpoint. Smoking anywhere on the property is prohibited. July 4. Battleship Cove, 5 Water St., Fall River, Massachusetts, 508-678-1100, battleshipcove.org.

11. Misquamicut Beach Fireworks

Celebrate the day-after-the-Fourth with even more fireworks brought to you by the Westerly Misquamicut Fireworks and Windjammer Surf Bar! The fireworks are easy to see from Atlantic Ave. Fireworks take place from 9–9:30 p.m. July 5. Misquamicut Beach, Westerly, 401-322-1026, misquamicut.org.

12. Seekonk Speedway Independence Day Thrill Show

The celebrations for the Fourth of July may be over, but not for Seekonk Speedway! There is a Thrill Show at Seekonk Speedway where you can enjoy drag racing, car and truck enduros and powderpuff and crazy-eight races. Pits open at noon, gates open at 2:30 p.m. and the show starts at 5 p.m. with fireworks to follow. The event ends at approximately 10 p.m. The time of the fireworks has not been announced, yet, but check the Seekonk Speedway Facebook page for updates. Admission is $25 for adults, $12 each for children (ages six to twelve years old) and admission for children ages five years and younger is free. July 7. 1710 Fall River Ave., Seekonk, Massachusetts, 508-336-9959, seekonkspeedway.com.


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