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Fireworks Shows, Schedules: RI Fourth of July 2018

[CREDIT Mary Carlos] George Nippo with his wife, Loida Minchez and their twin daughters, Mina and Raquel, 2, while watching the 2014 Fourth of July fireworks.
[CREDIT Mary Carlos] George Nippo with his wife, Loida Minchez and their twin daughters, Mina and Raquel, 2, while watching the 2014 Fourth of July fireworks.
WARWICK, R.I. — Locations all over Rhode Island, including in Warwick, are hosting fireworks shows to celebrate the 2018 Fourth of July holiday this weekend — here are the local details and statewide schedules:

Warwick’s display is set for  Tuesday night, July 3, and can be viewed from the Oakland Beach seawall or Warwick City Park. So far, the weather forecast is for partly cloudy skies and temps ranging from 80 degrees to 60 degrees that night.

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

In case of inclement weather, residents should call 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 is July 5.

Parking restrictions will be strictly enforced, according to the Central RI Chamber of Commerce’s fireworks web page, which also has a complete list of Rhode Island fireworks shows for the week.

Here are some of the other RI municipal fireworks displays scheduled for this weekend. Check the Central RI Chamber’s fireworks page for nearby displays in Massachusetts and following McCoy Stadium games in Pawtucket.

July 1, 2018:

 Rain date is Friday July 6th.

The 2018 Jamestown Rocket ‘Hogs Independence Day annual fireworks event  returns to Jamestown July 1. Music will begin on Memorial Square at 7:30 by “Next Stop” and the Jamestown Community Band. (Please send donation to Rocket ‘Hogs PO BOX 1776 Jamestown, RI 02835)

July 2, 2018:

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.
Rain Date: Sunday, July 8, 9 p.m. (fireworks only)
  • Bryant University campus opens to the public at 6 p.m.
  • U.S. Navy Band will perform at 8 p.m.
  •  Lawnchairs and blankets are encouraged. Do not bring personal fireworks, drones, pets or alcoholic beverages.

July 3, 2018:

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

Rain Date: July 5, 9 p.m.

Layfayatte Band starts playing at 7 p.m.
Rain Date: Friday, July 6, 9 p.m.
Rain Date: July 6, 9 p.m.
  • Gates open at 6 p.m. for food, concessions, and music by Kicking Hole and Crushed Velvet.
  • Vendors: Del’s Lemonade, Sausage King, Kettle Corn, Sarcastic Sweets, What’s the Scoop?
Rain Date: July 5, 9 p.m.
  • Food Truck Rally: 5-9:00 p.m.
  • Music by Kings Row: 6:30 p.m.
Gaspee Days Parade: Returned
Rain Date: July 5, 9 p.m.
Rain Date: July 5,  9 p.m.
  •  Entertainment, food court 6 p.m.
Rain Date: No rain date

July 4, 2018:

Rain Date: July 5, 9 p.m.
Rain Date: July 5, 9 p.m.
Rain Date: July 5, 9:15 p.m.
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.

Providence fireworks, 9:15 p.m., India Point Park, 201 India St.

Free performances from  surprise guests and the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast at 7 p.m., followed at 9:15 by  fireworks over the bay.

Rob Borkowski
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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 Contact him at with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.

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