Tim Mills, Newport Harbormaster reminds Newport residents and visitors to the City-By-The-Sea to stay safe over the Fourth Of July Weekend.

Fourth of July weekend is a time for fireworks, barbeques, boating, friends and family, and of course celebrating Independence Day. Amongst all of the fun, especially on the water, the Newport Harbormaster would like to remind all who are enjoying the Fourth of July festivities this weekend to stay safe.

Fireworks in Newport will take place on Monday night, July 4th, and will be shot off from the North tip of Fort Adams. Boaters are invited to anchor their boat West of Goat Island outside of the harbor channel, but are urged to be aware of the 700 foot security zone surrounding Fort Adams. The Harbormaster will have four patrol boats around the Harbor, and will also be accompanied by the Coast Guard.  For any information regarding safety and security updates, the Harbormaster will be responding on VHF Channel 16.

The Harbormaster would also like to remind boaters that they are required to have a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket on board for every passenger on their boat, and to test their navigation lights prior to the night of the fireworks to ensure sure they are functioning properly. After the fireworks are done, please be aware of your speed and your surroundings when navigating back to shore, as it is expected to be extremely busy.

Stay safe and Happy Fourth of July!

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.