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Discover the best activities, events and things to do in and around Newport this Independence Day weekend!

Looking for somewhere to sing, dance or be entertained this weekend? Check this out -> Where to Find Live Music, Comedy and Entertainment This Independence Day Weekend


10am – Newport to Providence Ferry Begins

6pm – July 4th Weekend Kickoff Clambake at Fort Adams

6pm – Waterfront Fundraiser to be Held at Newport Shipyard on July 1 for Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island

6pm – Sixth Annual Summer Soirée w/ exclusive viewing of Blanc de Blanc at Jamestown Arts Center

6:35pm – Newport Gulls Home Game

8pm – Live Improv Comedy with The Bit Players at The Firehouse Theater

8pm – Wasted Talent Show! Live Stand Up Comedy! at Studio 3


11am – Pop up shop at lululemon (NPT)

5pm – Independence Cup at Newport Polo

6pm – Beaux Arts Ball at Newport Art Museum

6pm – Bacardi Reception at Silken Gallery, Newport Sailing Week

7:30pm – Berkshire Choral International: Singing Bach and Mendelssohn by the Sea at Trinity Church

8pm & 10pm – Live Improv Comedy with The Bit Players at The Firehouse Theater


1pm – Return To Camelot: The Kennedy Wedding Remembered’ Returns to St. Mary’s For Summer Season

6pm – Gyrokinesis & The Water Journey at The Bodhi Spa

9pm – Jamestown Fireworks Display


9am to 1:30pm – Newport Independence Day Festivities

5:30pm to 10:30pm – 4th of July Barbecue and Fireworks at Rose Island

6pm to 9pm – 4th of July at Top Of Newport

6:35pm – Newport Gulls Home Game

9:15 pm – Newport’s 4th of July Fireworks Display 

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.