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Gaspee Point Lights Up on Friday Night

This year's Gaspee Days fireworks display is scheduled for June 5.
This year’s Gaspee Days fireworks display is scheduled for June 5.

Warwick, RI — It’s an annual rite of summer around these parts — the Annual Gaspee Days Celebration — and Friday night, June 5, the fun continues with a performance by the Warwick Symphony Orchestra and a fireworks display from Salter’s Grove Park.

A celebration of the 1772 burning of the HMS Gaspee off Namquid Point, this year marks the 50th annual Gaspee Days, with the WSO taking the stage at Pawtuxet Park to perform selections from its Golden Age of Broadway songbook beginning at 7 p.m., and the fireworks scheduled for dusk.

But that’s not the end of the celebration — not by a long shot.

Get the weekend started on Friday, June 12, by visiting the Colonial encampment, pick a spot early on Saturday for the running of the Gaspee 5K followed by a huge parade through Pawtuxet, and cap off the weekend by floating your way up Narragansett Bay for the Blessing of the Fleet at Rhode Island Yacht Club on June 14.

This year also sees the return of the Gaspee Waterfire Project, including a special lighting in Providence on Saturday night, June 13, and a way for Twitter users to follow the events of June 9, 1772, via the hashtag #wfgaspee.

Find more information at the Gaspee Days Committee website.

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