Although the summer solstice has already passed, the official start of summer for me is the 4th of July. Celebrating our independence as a country with BBQs, fireworks and parades along with friends and family just makes me feel like summer has arrived! I am so thankful for the freedoms we have thanks to the brave men and women who protect and serve our country bravely and selflessly.
My family and I are ecstatic to celebrate the 4th of July in a stunning beach town that we are lucky enough to call home! The possibilities are endless for patriotic festivities and the fireworks displays are sure to leave you saying, “Hello gorgeous!”
Let’s take a look at some of the best spots to see the fireworks light up the sky along with festivities all around town for the whole family to enjoy…
This weekend you can look forward to…
- Summer Music Preview in Bristol (6:30pm) & Fireworks (9:30) – If you’ve never ventured to Bristol, it is an absolutely picturesque town!
- Summer Concert Series @ the Officers Club on the Newport Navy Base – Friday night you can enjoy music from Malloi, contemporary classic hits. It can get crowded, but last week we skipped the long wait for a table by brining picnic blankets and ordering food to go at the bar. We sat on the grass by the water and soaked up the stunning views! (open to all who have access to the base)
- Family Fun Friday on the Lawn @ Blithewold Mansion – Not up for an evening out?? Swing by the Blithewold Mansion & Gardens to see the Toe Jam Puppet Band along with a fun nature craft after the concert from 11am-1pm. You’re encouraged to bring blankets and a picnic. Free to members or included with admission purchase.
- Stroll along Bowen’s Wharf in Newport – My family & I love to stroll around a town, soak up the views and then stop for an early evening bite at one of the local restaurants. Bowen’s Wharf is a fabulous place for just that!
- Newport Gulls vs. Plymouth Pilgrims – Nothing says the weekend like heading to a baseball game! Don’t worry, it won’t empty your wallet…tickets are only $4/ages 18+, $2/ages 13-18, military or senior and 12 and under $1.
- Bristol’s 4th of July Parade – Staring at 10:30am enjoy one of the most historic parades around. Beginning at the corner of Chestnut and Hope St. (Rte 114) and ending on High Street between State Street and Bradford Street. Plan to arrive early to snag an amazing spot and grab one of the best coffees in town at Angelina’s on Hope Street. For newbies to the parade this year…make sure to read the rookies guide before you go. It will save you a headache!
- Newport Fireworks – Beginning after dark…around 9:15. Best place to view the show is anywhere along the harbor facing west. Rain date is July 5th.
- Live Jazz at Greenvale Vineyards – Not up for BBQing before the fireworks?? No prob! Relax in the the beautiful surroundings of Greenvale Vineyards while listening to a little jazz. All ages welcome, plenty of room for kiddos to run around along with your fur friends…on leashes of course. Don’t forget to pack a picnic and bring a blanket or your favorite lawn chair. Cheers!
- Independence Cup @ Newport Polo Field – Newport will face off against their regional rival on the 4th of July! A super fun event for all ages. Several options for ticket pricing and I’ve heard packing a picnic and snagging a spot on the grass is one of the best ways to polo it up. 😉
- Tribute to the Military – Attention all history buffs…the Tiverton Historical Society is hosting a public reading of the Declaration of Independence at 9am…last about a half hour leaving plenty of time before 4th of July festivities.
- Jamestown Fireworks – Head off the island to the quaint little town of Jamestown. Their fireworks are best viewed from East Ferry Beach on Canonicus Ave. in downtown Jamestown. The show will start after sundown.
- Town of Smithfield Fireworks Celebration – Another off island option for fireworks with pre-pyrotechnic entertainment from The Navy Band. Bringing blankets and lawn chairs is recommended.
- Narragansett 4th of July Beach Party & Fireworks – Enjoy an afternoon at the town beach in beautiful Narragansett and then catch more fireworks at dusk. The kiddos can enjoy sandcastle sculptures and music from Brass Force from 5-7pm.
- Military Tribute Exhibit @ Chace-Cory House – Historic items such as maps, documents, photographs and uniforms will bring you back in time during battles such as the Revolutionary War thru the Vietnam. Also, a chance to check out an 1800’s copy of the Declaration of Independence will be on display too!
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Happy 4th of July, happy celebrating and thank you again to our military for protecting our freedom! Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!