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RI Fireworks: Fourth of July 2022

[CREDIT: Mary Carlos] WarwickPost's annual list of fireworks displays once again led our list of most-read stories for the year.

[CREDIT: Mary Carlos] A view of several contrails soaring into the sky at Warwick City Park during Fourth of July Fireworks July 3, 2015. RI Fireworks begin this weekend.
[CREDIT: Mary Carlos] A view of several contrails soaring into the sky at Warwick City Park during Fourth of July Fireworks July 3, 2015. RI Fireworks begin this weekend.
WARWICK, R.I. — This time next week, RI fireworks will be back as Ocean Staters celebrate the 2022 Fourth of July — here are the Warwick Fireworks details and statewide schedules:

Warwick fireworks are set for  Sunday night, July 3, and can be viewed at dusk (approximately 9 p.m.), lasting about 30 minutes, from the Oakland Beach seawall or Warwick City Park. So far, the weather forecast is for  partly sunny skies with 80 degree temps, and a  40 percent chance of rain.  Rain date is Monday.

The Department of Tourism, Culture and Development’s Facebook and Twitter accounts will also have updates.

If that doesn’t float your boat, 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 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 after the lasts few years).

Fireworks in Rhode Island 2022

Friday, July 1, 2022:

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. 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 8, 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 Anthony and The Persuasions perform at 6 p.m.
  • Smithfield fireworks begin at dark.

Saturday, July 2, 2022:

Sunday, July 3, 2022: 

Layfayatte Band starts playing at 7 p.m.
Food Trucks
Rain Date: Tuesday, July 5
Food trucks including Kona Ice, Del’s, Kettle Korn Express, Luna’s Ice Cream, the Cupcakory and Scoop T’s ice cream will serve hungry Fourth of July celebrants. You’ll need a beach pass to show before 5 p.m.
Rain Date: July 5
  • 6 – 9 p.m.: Entertainment featuring “Reminisce”
  • 6 – 9 p.m.: Food Court
  • 9 p.m. : Fireworks Display
  • Rain Date: Tuesday, July 5

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

Rain Date:  Monday

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.

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.

After the fireworks on July 4 is Bristol’s Traditional Fourth of July Parade.

Jamestown fireworks, July 3, 9:30 p.m., Bristol Harbor, 259 Thames St.

Fireworks begin after dark

Monday, July 4, 2022: 

Coventry Fireworks, July 4, 9:30 p.m., Johnson’s Pond 

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: Tuesday, 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:

Tuesday, July 5, 2022: 

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 p.m.
  • No coolers or pets
  • Free
Concert features the following artists:
  • Marc Dennis
  • Crystal
  • Brendan Rush and Bella Hannah
  • Full Circle Duo
  • The Stone Leaf
  • Arlindo Andrade
  • Manuel Brandao
  • Andrea Vargas



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