10 Ways to Celebrate the Fourth of July in Rhode Island This Year

Show off your red, white and blue pride with these fun activities.
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Photo from the Bristol 4th of July Facebook page. Photo by Bristol Fourth of July Committee.

Things are finally getting back to normal, and the Fourth of July festivities are back in full force. This year, there are many events taking place to celebrate Independence Day across Rhode Island. From parades to fireworks displays and concerts, there is something for everyone this Fourth of July in Rhode Island.

  1. Independence Day Beach Ball and Seaside Terrace Seating

Celebrate the Fourth of July with a traditional New England lobster boil and seafood, sides and desserts at the Ocean House in Watch Hill. With the Atlantic Ocean in the background, this is a great location to enjoy a relaxing evening with a fresh selection of specialty cocktails, beers and wines. The meal is followed by a fireworks display over the Atlantic Ocean. The Beach Ball regular seating is communal at long tables.

New for 2021: The Seaside Terrace is open to adults only. Tables will be spaced out according to health and safety guidelines. There will be no communal seating, and parties of eight to ten can book a reservation.

How to get a reservation: Reservations can be made online at the Ocean House’s events page. Prices can be found on the Ocean House website.

The details: July 3, 7-10 p.m.  1 Bluff Ave., Watch Hill, 888-853-2919 oceanhouseevents.com


  1. Independence Day Family Carnival 

The Weekapaug Inn is the venue for this family-friendly carnival event. There will be a lobster boil with inspired sides and barbecue. Guests will be able to play carnival games, enjoy live music, face painting and more. There will be assigned tables for the event and all tables will be set for a maximum of twelve guests.

The details: July 4. 7-9:30 p.m. 25 Spray Rock Rd., Westerly, 888-565-5023 oceanhouseevents.com


  1. Bristol Fourth of July Parade

As the oldest continuous Independence Day celebration in America, the Bristol Fourth of July Parade will be back to its full celebration this year, after being limited last year due to COVID-19. It will start at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Chestnut and Hope streets, and end on High Street between State Street and Bradford Street. The parade will be full of floats, bands and more.

The details: July 5, 10:30 a.m., fourthofjulybristolri.com


  1. Bristol Fourth of July Concert Series

The Bristol Fourth of July Concert series kicks off June 20 and goes all the way through July 3. The concerts will all be held at Roger Williams University and are free to the public. Guests can start setting up their chairs and blankets at 5 p.m. each night. Times for each show vary, so check the website to see when each show starts.

The details: June 20-July 3. Various times. Roger Williams University, fourthofjulybristolri.com/concert-series-2021 


  1. South Kingstown Annual Fourth of July Celebration at Old Mountain Field

There will be a free event at Old Mountain Field in Wakefield on July 4. There will be a concert by Take it to the Bridge, followed by a fireworks display at 9 p.m. Guests are welcome to bring blankets and folding chairs.

The details: July 4. 5:30-10 p.m. 875 Kingstown Rd., South Kingstown, southkingstownri.com


  1. Family Beach Day and Fourth of July Celebration at Narragansett

Head over to Narragansett Town Beach for a day full of fun, fireworks and music. There will be a free concert followed by a fireworks display at 9 p.m. at the beach.

The details: July 4. Concerts start at 2 p.m.; fireworks at 9 p.m. 79 Boston Neck Rd., Narragansett. 401-782-0658, southcountyri.com


  1. Walking Tour: Road to Independence

The Newport Historical Society presents an Independence Day tour which highlights Newport’s role during the American Revolution. Visitors are provided with an educational experience that will give them a deeper appreciation for the local area.

How to get a reservation: Tickets are available online and must be purchased in advance.

The details: July 4. 11 a.m.-noon, Colony House Washington Sq., Newport, 401-841-8770, newporthistorytours.com


  1. Annual July 4th Parade

The Independence Day Parade on Block Island will be on July 5. It will start at 11:30 a.m. and depart from Veterans Park, across from the Oar. The theme for the parade is “Celebrate America,” and it will be filled with floats and bands. Get there early so you can get a good spot on the parade route!

The details: July 5, 11:30 a.m., New Harbor, Ocean Ave., Block Island, 401-466-2474, blockislandinfo.com


  1. Have a Picnic at a Local State Park

Pack a meal of sandwiches, snacks and desserts and spend the day picnicking at a nearby park. For places with both water views and a woodsy feel, try Colt State Park, Goddard Memorial State Park or Burlingame State Park. Don’t forget games for you and your family and friends to play during your outing.

The Details: Colt State Park, Rt. 114, Bristol, 401-253-7482; Goddard Memorial State Park, 1095 Ives Rd., Warwick, 401-884-2010; Burlingame State Park, Rt. 1, Charlestown, 401-322-8910; riparks.com


  1. Visit a Rhode Island State Beach

Spend the day playing in the water and building sandcastles with loved ones. Rhode Island State beaches are extremely popular and are a great way to get outdoors. Beach rates and parking availability differ so be sure to check online for costs.

The details: riparks.com


  1. Catch a fireworks show

There are tons of firework shows happening in Rhode Island this year. Check out our fireworks guide to see if there’s a show happening near you.

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