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Fireworks in Rhode Island: Fourth of July 2021

[CREDIT: Mary Carlos] George Nippo with his wife, Loida Minchez and their twin daughters, Mina and Raquel, 2, while watching Warwick's 2014 Fourth of July fireworks from the Warwick City Park beach. Fireworks in Rhode Island are back on the calendar as vaccinations make crowds a safer prospect.

[CREDIT: Mary Carlos] George Nippo with his wife, Loida Minchez and their twin daughters, Mina and Raquel, 2, while watching Warwick's 2014 Fourth of July fireworks from the Warwick City Park beach. Fireworks in Rhode Island are back on the calendar as vaccinations make crowds a safer prospect.
[CREDIT: Mary Carlos] George Nippo with his wife, Loida Minchez and their twin daughters, Mina and Raquel, 2, while watching Warwick’s 2014 Fourth of July fireworks from the Warwick City Park beach.
Fireworks in Rhode Island are back on the calendar as vaccinations make crowds a safer prospect.
Editor’s note: This article has been updated with a weather-related scheduling change for fireworks in Warwick, from Saturday to Sunday.

WARWICK, R.I. — Fireworks in Rhode Island are back in action as Ocean Staters celebrate the 2021 Fourth of July this week — here are the local details and statewide schedules:

Warwick fireworks are set for  Sunday night, July 4, and can be viewed from the Oakland Beach seawall or Warwick City Park. So far, the weather forecast is for  overcast weather with a slight chance of rain and temps near 70 degrees.

The fireworks begin at dusk (approximately 9 p.m.)

In case of inclement weather, residents should call 401-738-2000 for updates on delays or cancellations. The Department of Tourism, Culture and Development’s Facebook and Twitter accounts will also have updates. The rain date, now in effect, is July 4.

If those arrangements don’t work for you, there are literally enough fireworks in Rhode island this week for you to view two every day of the holiday weekend with careful planning and luck. Here, after a year’s hiatus, is our usual roundup on the details of all the state’s fireworks displays. (Let us know if we missed any – the team may be out of practice.).

Fireworks in Rhode Island 2021

Friday, July 2, 2021:

No rain date listed
The more the merrier for this patriotic event, so bring the whole gang and all the accouterments — chairs, blankets, picnics, and glow sticks for the kids. Live music starts around 7:30pm and the fireworks hit the sky as soon as it’s suitably dark, probably around 9.
You’ll be able to see the show from nearly all points on the island, at Town Beach (just a short walk from the ferry along Corn Neck Road), or seek a favorite spot for a more private view.
Rain Date: Sunday, July 9, 9 p.m. (fireworks only)
  • The Town of Smithfield, Bryant University and the Smithfield All Lit Up Committee invite Smithfield residents for an Independence Day Celebration including fireworks, food trucks and music!
  • Lawnchairs and blankets are encouraged. Do not bring personal fireworks, drones, pets or alcoholic beverages.
  • Food trucks arrive at 4 p.m.
  • Steve Smith and The Nakeds perform at 5 p.m.

Saturday, July 3, 2021:

Layfayatte Band starts playing at 7 p.m.
Rain Date: Friday, July 5
Food trucks including Kona Ice, Del’s, Kettle Korn Express, Luna’s Ice Cream, the Cupcakory and HG80 will serve hungry Fourth of July celebrants. You’ll need a beach pass to show before 5 p.m.
Rain Date: July 5, 9 p.m.
  • Food Truck Rally: 5- 9 p.m.
  • Oldies music by Kings Row at 6:30 p.m.
Rain Date: July 5
  • 6-9:30 p.m.: Entertainment featuring “Reminisce”
  • 6 – 9 p.m.: Food Court
  • 9 p.m. : Fireworks Display
Enjoy the night with an incredible lineup of artists scheduled for our Independence Day Fireworks and Concert celebration at Pierce Memorial Field on July 3rd, gate opens at 6:00 pm. Free
Rain Date: July 5, 9 p.m.
  • Food Truck Rally: 5- 9 p.m.
  • Oldies music by Kings Row at 6:30 p.m.
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Sunday, July 4, 2021: 

Warwick Fireworks, 9 p.m., July 3, Oakland Beach sea wall, Warwick City Park

Rain Date:  July 4

The Independence Day display will be shot from Oakland Beach at dusk and last approximately 40 minutes.

Due to the volume of traffic expected at the seawall, spectators are also advised to expect heavy delays on Oakland Beach Avenue and to seek alternate routes to the seawall area, such as Sea View Drive or Pequot Avenue.

The fireworks can also be viewed from City Park, which offers fantastic, unobstructed views of the display along the shoreline.

  • Concerts at North Beach Clubhouse: Brass Force Band, 2 – 4 p.m.; US Coast Guard Band, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
  • Rain date:July 5.

festivities will start at 5:30pm and feature a live concert by Take it to the Bridge, followed by a spectacular fireworks display at approximately 9pm.

Rain Date: No rain date
  • Parking at the Inn is limited to registered guests & their families.
  • There will be traffic delays in the area. There will also be delays near the Mount Hope Bridge.
  • Be courteous and consider finding a different vantage spot if Middle Road is clogged with cars.
Rain Date: JULY 5
The fireworks show begins after dark, around 9:15 p.m. Best viewing is anywhere along Newport Harbor, facing west. Parking can be limited during the hours leading up to the display. Visitors are encouraged to use any one of the City’s public parking lots:
The nation’s oldest Fourth of July celebration, established in 1785 by Rev. Henry Wight of the First Congregational Church and Veteran of the Revolutionary War. The celebration officially starts with Flag Day, June 14. For a full list of events, visit Bristol’s Fourth of July Celebration calendar.

Before the fireworks is Bristol’s Traditional Fourth of July Parade. That will change this year to a vehicle procession with lite entertainment.  It will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will step-off at the corner of Chestnut Street and Hope Street (Rt. 114) and ends on High Street, between State Street and Bradford Street.

The vehicle procession will last approximately 45 minutes, and we ask the community to observe all RI Health Department guidance regarding Social Distancing and the Wearing of Masks.

Rob Borkowski
Author: Rob Borkowski

Rob has worked as reporter and editor for several publications, including The Kent County Daily Times and Coventry Courier, before working for Gatehouse in MA then moving home with Patch Media. Now he's publisher and editor of WarwickPost.com. Contact him at editor@warwickpost.com with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.

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