(WPRI) — After the majority of fireworks displays were canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, communities in Rhode Island and Massachusetts are gearing up to celebrate the Fourth of July.
Below is a list of Fourth of July fireworks displays and celebrations taking place across Southern New England this year. (On desktop, use Ctrl+F to search for your community.)
After being scaled down in 2020, the country’s oldest continuous Fourth of July celebration made a full return this year.
The town held its annual fireworks display at Bristol Harbor on July 4, which was followed by the annual parade on July 5.
The Johnson’s Pond Civic Association’s annual fireworks celebration has been postponed to July 5.
The fireworks will be lit off around 9:30 p.m. and can be viewed from anywhere along the pond.
Anyone interested in donating to the fireworks celebration can do so online.
The city commemorated the Fourth of July this year by lighting off fireworks at the Atwood Avenue Softball Field. The event was organized by the nonprofit Cranston Cares.
“This Fourth of July, we are going to come together to celebrate our community, honor our heroes and commemorate our nation’s birth after a very challenging year for our community and our country,” Cranston Cares Founder Justin Erickson said. “I can’t imagine a better way to celebrate our citizen’s resiliency than bringing fireworks to Cranston for the Fourth of July.”
This was the first of what Cranston Cares hopes will be an annual event, according to Erickson.
The town celebrated the Fourth of July with a fireworks display on July 3 at Tucker Field Saturday night.
Prior to that, a food truck rally was held and featured oldies music by Kings Row.
The town also held its annual Arnold Mills Fourth of July Parade, in which Gov. Dan McKee served as grand marshal.
East Providence: *Rescheduled*
The city’s Fourth of July concert and fireworks display at Pierce Memorial Field was postponed to July 5. The event will begin at 6 p.m. and the fireworks display will start at 9:30 p.m.
The concert will feature Marc Dennis, Crystal, Brendan Rush and Bella Hannah, Full Circle Duo, The Stone Leaf, Arlindo Andrade, Manuel Brandao and Andrea Vargas.
No coolers or pets are allowed at the event.
Glocester: *Fireworks Rescheduled*
The town’s 95th Ancients and Horribles Independence Day Festivities kicked off on Saturday, July 3.
The annual road race started at 9 a.m., followed by the parade at 4 p.m.
The music and fireworks, originally scheduled for Friday, July 2, have been postponed until Saturday, July 10, at 5 p.m. at Glocester Memorial Park.
The town lit off Fourth of July fireworks at Narragansett Town Beach on the Fourth of July.
The event included performances by Brass Force and the U.S. Coast Guard Band.
The City by the Sea has moved their fireworks display to Monday, July 5, beginning around 9:15 p.m.
The best viewing spot, according to the city, is anywhere facing westward of Newport Harbor. Popular viewing spots include Perrotti Park, King Park and Queen Anne Square.
Anyone interested in donating to this year’s fireworks display is encouraged to make checks payable to “The City of Newport” with a notation of “Fireworks Fund.” Those checks can then be sent to the Mayor’s Office at 43. Broadway, Newport, R.I. 02840.
Parking is limited, and visitors are encouraged to park in any of the city’s public parking lots.
Block Island will be celebrating Fourth of July with a parade scheduled for July 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The parade will begin on West Side Road and end at the Statue of Rebecca.
Then at noon, Block Island will host a Country Music Festival at Ballard’s Resort, which is scheduled to end around 7 p.m.
North Kingstown: *Rescheduled*
The town’s Independence Day Celebration will be held on Monday, July 5, at North Kingstown Town Beach.
The event features a performance by the Lafayette Band at 7 p.m. followed by fireworks.
Admission is free, and attendees must have a beach pass to arrive before 5 p.m.
North Providence: *Rescheduled*
The city will be celebrating Independence Day on Monday, July 5.
The event kicks off with entertainment featuring “Reminisce” at 6 p.m., and a food court will be available until 9 p.m.
A fireworks display will take place at Governor John A. Notte Jr. Park on Mineral Spring Avenue around 9 p.m.
The accompanying food truck event, which also includes live music and crafts for kids, will also be held on July 5 starting at 5 p.m. at nearby Jenks Middle School. However, the basketball game originally scheduled for July 3 will be postponed to a later date in the summer.
The city encourages residents to stay safe on the Fourth of July and attend the family-friendly event Monday night.
“For over a year, our community because of the pandemic, like so many others across the nation and the world, has gone without community events that bring us all together,” Mayor Donald Grebien said. “We hope that the continuation of this longstanding tradition will help to bring a sense of normalcy and Pawtucket pride to the community that everyone can enjoy.”
Escobar Farm on Middle Road had a fireworks display on the Fourth of July.
The Independence Day Celebration at Deerfield Park has been postponed to Friday, July 9.
The event starts with food trucks and DJ Jim Gagnon at 4 p.m., followed by Comedy Magic by Ed Popielarczyk at 5 p.m.
Then, stick around until dark for a fireworks extravaganza and much more.
The town hosted a concert and fireworks display on the night of July 4.
The town hosted an Independence Day Family Carnival on July 4, which ended with a ground fountain fireworks display.
The carnival took place at the Weekapaug Inn and included a New England-style lobster boil, barbecue fare, carnival games, s’mores, live music, face painting and a roving magician.
The city has postponed its Independence Day Celebration at World War II Veterans Memorial State Park to Monday, July 5, starting at 4 p.m.
The event will feature live bands, food trucks, and a fireworks display at 9 p.m.
The city’s annual Fourth of July celebration took place at Bicentennial and Heritage State Parks on July 4.
There will be live music prior to the fireworks, and a number of food and ice cream trucks will be available.
Battleship Cove also lit off fireworks from the USS Massachusetts at Battleship Cove on July 4.
New Bedford: *Rescheduled*
The city will be lighting off fireworks from a barge in New Bedford Harbor beginning at 9 p.m. on Monday, July 5.
The event is free, and the best spot to view the fireworks is Front Street and lower Union Street, which will be closed to vehicle traffic.
The Seekonk Speedway has rescheduled its Independence Day Thrill Show to July 10 from 5-9:30 p.m.
The event will feature a fireworks display and a variety of races.
Tickets to the show can be purchased online and cost $25 for adults, $12 for kids and children under the age of 5 are free. The gates open at 2:30 p.m.
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