6 Places to See Fireworks
Celebrate the Fourth of July across the state.
The Fourth of July has become synonymous with many things: backyard BBQs, family gatherings and parades. But nothing is quite as iconic as the bombastic fireworks show. Check out these locations to watch some near you:
Is there any better way to celebrate our nation’s Independence Day than by watching America’s favorite pastime? Head over to McCoy Stadium and watch the PawSox bat it out with the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. After the show, grab a hot dog and soda, sit back and enjoy a spectacular fireworks display. If you’re a true baseball fan (or if you have season tickets), you can triple-down on the fireworks action by going to all three games. July 1-3. Adults $9-14, children $6-14. 1 Columbus Ave, Pawtucket, 401-724-7300.
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. The United States Navy Band will perform at 6 p.m. and the pyrotechnics should kick off at 9 p.m. July 2 at 6 p.m. 1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, 401-232-6000, events.bryant.edu.
Escape the worries of the mainland and set your clock to island time. Block Island is hosting a fireworks show at the Town Beach Pavilion on July 2. There will be live music at 7:30 p.m. and visitors are encourage to bring chairs, blankets, picnics and all the other traditional firework accessories. Grab a seat on the town beach, or any other secluded spot: The fireworks should be visible from all over the island. If you’re not a resident, arrange your own transportation to the mainland or find a place to stay the night — the last ferry runs at 9 p.m. July 2. 7:30 p.m. 7 Corn Neck Rd., New Shoreham, blockislandinfo.com.
Pair your patriotic pyrotechnics display with some seriously good eats. At Cumberland’s show, enjoy the cuisine offered by a number of visiting food trucks. Enjoy some golden oldies while you eat. King’s Row, one of New England’s best oldies bands, will be playing from 6 p.m. until dusk. July 3. 5 p.m. Tucker Field, 2600 Mendon Rd., Cumberland, 401-728-2400.
Part of the oldest continuous Independence Day Celebration in the United States, Bristol’s fireworks are the apex of a 232-year-old tradition. While you’re enjoying the history, listen to the vocal-heavy band Trinity and the neo-country/rock band Sixwire. Grab a bite to eat at any of downtown Bristol’s many restaurants, like Quito’s or the DeWolf Tavern. Watch colorful bursts of red, white and blue over Bristol harbor and enjoy the town’s seaside beauty. Bristol Harbor, Bristol, fourthofjulybristolri.com.
Hop aboard the USS Massachusetts to enjoy Fall River’s annual fireworks show. The ship, nicknamed Big Mamie, served in World War II, fighting along the coast of Africa and in the Pacific. Wander around and learn about naval history before the show and enjoy some refreshments. Then, sit on the deck and watch the fireworks unfold. July 4. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8. 5 Water St., Fall River, Massachusetts, 508-678-1100, battleshipcove.org.