4th of July Weekend is always a favorite of the summer and one to never forget. Make it the best one yet with a combination of fireworks, family, food, festivities and fun.
FRIDAY, JULY 1
Family Fun Friday | 11:00 AM
Free. Blithewold Mansion Family Fun Friday is the best way to kick off a family-friendly Fourth of July weekend. Bring a picnic, a blanket to sit on and enjoy the show! Dance and sing along with the kids to a variety of educational and interactive musical performances. After the performance, there will be a fun nature-inspired craft activity, face painting and pizza. Details.
July 4th Weekend Kickoff Clambake | 6:00 PM
Head to America’s largest coastal fortress for a public clambake! Advanced ticket purchase is required to confirm your seat at the event. Enjoy a traditional clambake with some New England food favorites, an open bar with Newport Storm Beer, games and music! Details.
SATURDAY, JULY 2
Independence Rhode Race | 6:30 AM
This half marathon will follow the beautiful downtown streets of America’s quintessential community when it is decked out in its finest – during the oldest 4th of July celebration in America. The course includes incredible historic homes, a town common and the America’s Cup Museum before heading out along the scenic coastline, through Colt State Park and finishing along the water at Independence Park. Details.
*New this year: Kids’ Obstacle Course Run
Independence Cup | 5:00 PM
Start off the holiday with a good old fashioned American dual. The Newport International Polo Series XXV features the Independence Cup, a classic 6 chukker match is going to be happening, featuring Newport against one of its most challenging rivals in New England. Details.
SUNDAY, JULY 3
Party on the Waterfront at Herreshoff Marine Museum | 5:30 PM
Join the Herreshoff Marine Museum on the waterfront for cocktails, Preppy Pig BBQ, Blount chowder and more. Watch the fireworks, and enjoy s'mores on the beach, live music by 6 Digg-It Band and dancing on the waterfront from 8:00 - 11:00 PM. Details.
MONDAY, JULY 4
231st Bristol Fourth of July Parade | 10:30 AM
Free. The oldest continuous Fourth of July celebration in the country, the 231 Bristol Fourth of July Parade will begin at the corner of Chestnut Street and Hope Street (Rt. 114) and ends on High Street, between State Street and Bradford Streets. Details.
Newport Gulls Games at Cardine's Field | 6:35 PM
$5. The Newport Gulls are a wooden-bat, summer collegiate baseball team based in Newport, Rhode Island. The Newport Gulls Baseball Club is a member of both the New England Collegiate Baseball League and the NECBL's East Division. Details.
Linden Place Mansion's Annual Fourth of July Parade Picnic
$80 for adults, $55 for children - includes breakfast and lunch. Located directly on the parade route, bring your family and a blanket and enjoy a picnic at the beautiful Linden Place Mansion and watch the parade as it passes by. Details.
Fourth of July Barbeque and Fireworks on Rose Island | 5:30 PM
Join the Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation for a night to remember! Watch the spectacular Newport Fireworks from Rose Island. Tickets include a mouthwatering, slow-cooked hardwood barbecue feast, lighthouse tours and boat transport. Don’t miss this fun-filled night, purchase tickets here.
City of Newport Independence Day Festivities
Free. Enjoy a day full of fun things to see and do on the 4th!
- 9:00 AM: Ceremony by Daughters of the American Revolution/Rhode Island Society Sons of the Revolution at the grave of William Ellery, Rhode Island signer of the Declaration of Independence, followed by Musket Salute by Artillery Company of Newport, Common Burial Ground, Farewell St.
- 9:00 AM - Noon: Old Colony House, an Original State House for Rhode Island, open for tours
- 9:45 AM: Family bicycle parade to Washington Sq. from Ellery Park at the intersection of Thames and Farewell Streets, sponsored by Bike Newport
- 10:00 AM: A Rousing Patriotic Band Concert by the Newport Community Band at Salve Regina University including marches, show tunes, jazz and much more. Washington Square, Peter Davis, Conductor.
- 10:00 AM: Members of the Sons of the Revolution will pass out flags for the children and booklets with copies of our nation’s founding documents for families. (while supplies last).
- 11:15 AM: Col. Roy Lauth, 1st Vice-President of the Rhode Island Society, Sons of the Revolution, will present the 191st reading of the Declaration of Independence from the front steps of the Old Colony House, Washington Sq.
- Noon: 21-Gun Cannon Salute by the Artillery Company of Newport using 4 original cannons cast in Paul Revere’s Foundry, 1798, Washington Sq.
Schooner Madeleine, Schooner Aurora or Rum Runner II
Monday, July 4. Enjoy a sunset sail through Newport Harbor followed by a spectacular fireworks display from the best view in town, aboard Schooner Madeleine, Schooner Aurora or the Rum Runner II. BYOB.
Monday & Tuesday, July 4 &5. Hop on board for one or both of the 4th of July celebrations onboard the Adirondack II. On the night of the fourth of July watch the amazing Newport fireworks from the water! Or join them on the night of July 5th when they will be sailing to Jamestown to watch their fireworks display at sunset. Open bar and appetizers.
Bristol | 9:30 PM
Sunday, July 3. Free. Enjoy the concert series downtown, walk around and end the evening with a spectacular fireworks displayed over Bristol Harbor at Independence Park.
Newport | 9:15 PM
Monday, July 4. Free. The fireworks show begins after dark, around 9:15 PM. Best viewing is anywhere along Newport Harbor, facing west. Details.
Escobar’s Highland Farm, Portsmouth | 9:30 PM
Monday, July 4. Escobar's Highland Farm will have their traditional fireworks display over the cow pastures. There are many vantage points nearby from which to witness this show.