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RI Fireworks: Fourth of July 2024

[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] WarwickPost's annual list of fireworks displays once again led our list of most-read stories for the year.
[CREDIT: Mary Carlos] WarwickPost’s annual list of fireworks displays once again led our list of most-read stories for the year.
WARWICK, RI —In just a handful of weeks, RI fireworks will be back as the Ocean State celebrates the Fourth of July — here are the Warwick Fireworks details and statewide schedules:

Warwick fireworks are set for  Wednesday night, July 3 and can be viewed at dusk (approximately 9 p.m.), lasting about 30 minutes, visible from the Oakland Beach seawall or Warwick City Park.

“Come down to Oakland Beach and enjoy the excitement of beautiful fireworks reflecting over the picturesque Narragansett Bay. For about 30 minutes, you’ll enjoy a colorful show that lights up the nighttime sky,” the tourism department noted.

Rain date is July 5. The Department of Tourism, Culture and Development’s Facebook and Twitter accounts will also have updates.

Coventry’s Parks and Recreation Department hosts their annual Fourth of July celebration two weeks in advance of the holiday on Saturday, June 22, 4:30-9:30 p.m. at Coventry High School. (Rain Date, June 27):

  • 4:30-9:30 p.m.: Food Trucks
  • 4:30-6:30 p.m.- Meet and Greet with a Roger Williams Park Zoo Dragons & Mythical Creatures and Kids’ Obstacle Course by Coventry Police Department & Coventry Fire Fighters. And a special visit from CPD comfort dog, Jovie
  • 4:30-8:30 p.m.: Free Face Painting & Free Balloon Twisting
  • 5-9pm: Live Music by Those Guys
  • 9-9:30pm: Fireworks

If that doesn’t light your fuse, there are enough fireworks in Rhode island celebrating the Fourth of July for you to view a pyrotechnic show every day of the holiday weekend — assuming you successfully combine careful planning and luck.

Here is our usual roundup on the details of all the state’s Fourth of July fireworks displays. (Let us know if we missed any by emailing [email protected]).

Fireworks in Rhode Island 2024 

RI Fireworks Monday, July 1, 2024:

The town’s 39th Independence Day weekend kicks off with a stunning fireworks display on Monday, July 1 and a lively parade on Thursday, July 4.
“Partnering with Ocean State Pyrotechnics, we will light up the sky with a breathtaking display set off from a barge in the Block Island Sound, best seen from any location on the island at dusk,” the town noted in their announcement.
The more the merrier for this patriotic event, so bring the whole gang and all the accoutrements — chairs, blankets, picnics, and glow sticks for the kids. The fireworks hit the sky as soon as it is suitably dark, probably around 9 p.m.
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 and Bryant University invite Smithfield residents for an Independence Day Celebration including fireworks, food trucks and music!
  • Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged. Do not bring personal fireworks, drones, pets or alcoholic beverages.
  • Food trucks arrive at 4 p.m.
  • Featuring live music at 6 p.m., then a fireworks extravaganza.
  • Smithfield fireworks begin at dark.

RI Fireworks Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Hope fireworks, July 3, The Hope & Jackson Fire Department is pleased to announce the annual July 3rd Fireworks Celebration! Join us for activities, food, fireworks. Event starts at 5pm, Fireworks begin at dusk. Please help us keep tradition alive by donating to the cause! The station reports no changes from the 2023 event.
  • The day begins around 3 p.m. with a beach party
  • Music featuring Roomful of Blues
  • Rain date for fireworks: Tuesday, July 7.
Food Trucks will be available. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to be comfortable. Shuttle starts at 4:30pm from 100 Fairway Drive and runs through the show. If you arrive at the Beach Campus prior to 5pm make sure you have your parking pass for the beach. There will be NO parking at the beach after 5:30 p.m., only drop-offs. Sorry, but no pets allowed.
  • 4:30 p.m.  Purple Honey
  • 7 p.m.: Lafayette Band
  • Dark: Fireworks
  • Rain date is July 7.
The fun starts at 4 p.m. and goes till the last pop.
Enjoy the night with music and food trucks for the Independence Day Fireworks and Concert celebration at Pierce Memorial Field on July 3rd,
  • Gate opens at 6 p.m.
  • Music provide by the Merchants of Cool band.
  • No coolers or pets
  • Free

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

Rain Date:  Wednesday, July 5

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.

RI Fireworks Thursday, July 4, 2024:

 Portsmouth fireworks, July 4 9:30 p.m., Escobar’s Farm 133 Middle Rd. 

  • 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:

For best viewing, be sure to find a westward facing spot along Newport Habor. Popular viewing locations include Perrotti Park, King Park, and Queen Anne Square.

RI Fireworks Sunday, July 7, 2024:

Jamestown fireworks, July 7, 7 p.m., Bristol Harbor, 259 Thames St.

Fireworks begin after dark. The Rocket-Hogs and their generous sponsors promise spectacular fireworks on July 7 at East Ferry. Music starts at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m..

Music provided by:

  • Jamestown Community Band
  • Next Stop band
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