RI Fourth of July Fireworks 2023

Because celebrations don’t always happen on the Fourth!


Is there anything more disappointing than being revved up to see the fireworks only to discover they already happened? In the events we found at press time, only some actually take place on July 4. So you don’t miss a trick, we assembled a schedule of when and where to enjoy these pyrotechnics in the night sky across the state. If we missed your fave, let us know at Marketing@ProvidenceOnline.com or by tagging photos on Instagram with #heyrhodyphotos


BLOCK ISLAND: Word on the street is that this fireworks display – set off from a barge on BI Sound – is visible from all over Block Island. For the more adventurous, paddle out to enjoy the show from the water. BlockIsland4th.com

CHEPACHET: Now in year 97, Glocester’s Ancient & Horribles Independence Festivities include live music starting at 5pm, and fireworks at 9pm at Glocester Memorial Park. Return on July 4 for the road race and parade. GlocesterRI.org/parade

SMITHFIELD: Pack your picnic blanket for family fun at Deerfield Park. Food trucks and DJ near the playground begin at 4pm, live music featuring The DMB Project begins at 6pm, and it all culminates with fireworks after dark. Rain date: Sunday, July 9. SmithfieldRI.gov

WATCH HILL: Have yourself a fancy celebration at Ocean House’s annual Independence Day Beach Ball, featuring passed canapes followed by a traditional New England lobster boil and BBQ fare. Fireworks cap the night. OceanHouseEvents.com


PROVIDENCE: Head to India Point Park for a food truck dinner and concert headlined by Becky Bass and Friends (begins at 6pm); fireworks over the water are scheduled for 9pm. GoProvidence.com

WOONSOCKET:  The WWII Veteran’s Memorial Park on Social Street is the setting for food trucks and live music beginning at 4pm, and a “massive fireworks show” at 9pm. Rain date is July 7. WoonsocketRI.org


BRISTOL: This patriotic town has been celebrating since Flag Day, but Independence Day Eve is when the fireworks go off over the harbor at 9:30pm. Arrive early because you don’t want to miss a Bristol sunset. FourthOfJulyBristol.com

EAST PROVIDENCE: A free concert with an exciting lineup of bands leads up to fireworks at 9:30pm at Pierce Stadium on Mercer Street. Food and beverage concessions available; leave the pets and backpacks at home. EastProvidenceRI.gov

NARRAGANSETT: Celebration on the Beach gets going at 3pm with performances by the RI Stage Band Alumni and the Night Life Orchestra, all leading up to fireworks at dusk. Rain date set for July 4. NarragansettRI.gov

NORTH KINGSTOWN: The Summer Concert Series at NK Town Beach features Purple Honey and the Lafayette Band and food trucks before the fireworks display. Shuttle available from NK Town Hall. BYO seating and leave pets at home. NorthKingstown.com

NORTH PROVIDENCE: Governor John Notte Memorial Park is the site for the city’s first-ever Fourth celebration. Kicking off with food trucks at 5pm, followed by live music, and finally fireworks at 9-9:15pm. NorthProvidence.gov

PAWTUCKET: 3,000 fans will be allowed back on the field for “McCoy’s Final Inning” – an afternoon of music, food, bounce house, games, face painting, and more, before the 9:20pm fireworks display. Free wristbands to enter will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 4pm. PawtucketRI.com

SCITUATE: Part of the Old Home Days celebration, fireworks are planned for just after dusk at Hope and Jackson Fire Company on Main Street. Activities and food starting at 5pm are also planned. ScituateRI.gov

WARWICK: Oakland Beach has a fireworks display which begins at dusk. Pro-tip: fireworks can also be viewed from City Park, which offers unobstructed views of the display along the shoreline. VisitWarwickRI.com


COVENTRY: This annual celebration hosted by the Johnson’s Pond Civic Association has been funded entirely by the local community for over 30 years. Fireworks are scheduled for 9:30pm at Johnson’s Pond AKA Flat River Reservoir. JPCADonate.com

NEWPORT: Popular viewing spots for fireworks include a westward facing spot along Newport Harbor, also Perrotti Park, King Park, and Queen Anne Square – or reserve a seat on the Coastal Queen and watch from the water (CoastalQueenCruises.com) departing from Jamestown. Display is set to begin at 9:15pm, rain date July 5. DiscoverNewport.org 

PORTSMOUTH: Not just for farm mazes, after dusk, Escobar Farm hosts fireworks at their property on East Main Road. Pro-tip: The back area of the property is the perfect vantage point. EscobarsInn.com

SOUTH KINGSTOWN: Part of the 300th Anniversary Celebration, activities include a 50/50 raffle, food trucks, live music by Take it to the Bridge, and of course, fireworks. The fun starts at 5pm at Old Mountain Field. SouthKingstownRI.com


JAMESTOWN: Rescheduled from July 3 due to predicted inclement weather, this beloved spectacular display over East Ferry which gets going with music at 7:30pm and fireworks at 9pm. JamestownRIChamber.com


NORTH SMITHFIELD: Not ready for the celebrations to end? North Smithfield has you covered with festivities with all the fixings: a DJ, food trucks, and fireworks at dusk. It all begins at 6:30pm at North Smithfield High School. NSmithfieldRI.org


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