Newport Fireworks
Salute to Summer Free Concert & Fireworks Show will take place on Saturday

Portsmouth, Jamestown and Newport are among just three of the firework displays scheduled to take place over Fourth Of July Weekend throughout Rhode Island.

Firework displays, sails, a barbecue and a clambake are among some of the ways you can celebrate the 4th of July weekend throughout Newport County.

Friday, July 1st – 6pm to 9pm: July 4th Weekend Kickoff Clambake

Join the Fort Adams Trust and McGrath Clambakes for a public clambake! Advanced ticket purchase is required to confirm your seat at the event. Enjoy a traditional clambake with some New England food favorites, an open bar with Newport Storm Beer, games and music! Kick off your July 4th weekend with family and friends here at America’s Largest Coastal Fortress! Event runs from 6-9 PM.

Sunday, July 3rd – 9pm: Jamestown Fireworks Display

Enjoy Jamestown’s 2016 Fireworks Displays on Sunday night over Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay.

Monday, July 4th – 9am to 1:30pm: Newport Independence Day Festivities

  • 9:00 am Ceremony by Daughter’s of the American Revolution/Rhode Island Society Sons of the Revolution,, at the grave of William Ellery, Rhode Island signer of the Declaration of Independence, followed by Musket Salute by Artillery Company of Newport, Common Burial Ground, Farewell St
  • 9:00 – Noon Old Colony House, An Original State House for Rhode Island, open for tours
  • 9:45 Family bicycle parade to Washington Sq. from Ellery Park at the intersection of Thames and Farewell Streets, sponsored by Bike Newport
  • 10:00 am A Rousing Patriotic Band Concert by the Newport Community Band at Salve Regina University including marches, show tunes, jazz and much more! Washington Square, Peter Davis, Conductor
  • 10:00 am Members of the Sons of the Revolution will pass out flags for the children and booklets with copies of our nations founding documents for families. (while supplies last)
  • 11:15 am Col. Roy Lauth, 1st Vice-President of the Rhode Island Society, Sons of the Revolution, will present the 191st reading of the Declaration of Independence from the front steps of the Old Colony House, Washington Sq.
  • Noon 21-Gun Cannon Salute by the Artillery Company of Newport using 4 original cannons cast in Paul Revere’s Foundry, 1798, Washington Sq.

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

Join this evening of great food and music. Watch the spectacular Newport Fireworks from Rose Island! Price includes a mouth watering, slow- cooked hardwood barbecue feast, lighthouse tours and boat transport. Attendance limited to 150 ticket holders. Event will be held rain or shine. Adults, $90 including ferry to the island; $65 for walk-on without ferry; $35 for children ages 6 to 12. Even runs from 5:30pm to 10:30pm

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

Celebrate July Fourth at The Top of Newport! Limited space available, so make reservations today. (401) 848-4813.

Monday, July 4th – 8pm to 10pm: 4th of July Firework Sail

Enjoy a sunset sail through Newport Harbor followed by a spectacular fireworks display from the best view in town, aboard Schooner Aurora. BYOB. Space is limited, call (401) 619-7963 for reservations.

Monday, July 4th – 9:15 p.m.: Newport’s 4th of July Fireworks Display 

The City of Newport will set off its traditional fireworks display on Monday, July 4 over Newport harbor, with a raindate of Tuesday, July 5.  The fireworks show begins after it is dark enough for the show to be seen which is anticipated to be 9:15 PM and lasts approximately 20-25 minutes with Pyrotechnico Fireworks, Inc., of New Castle, PA, supplying the pyrotechnics.

The best viewing of the display is anywhere along Newport Harbor, facing west.

Public restrooms will be open at King Park, the Harbormaster building at Perrotti Park and at the Mary Street Parking Lot until after the fireworks are completed. Portable restrooms will be available at the Goat Island Causeway, Perrotti Park and King Park. Weather related cancellations will be made no later than 6:00 pm

Monday, July 4th – 9:30 p.m.: Portsmouth’s 4th of July Fireworks Display

Louis Escobar will have his traditional fireworks display over the cow pastures of Escobar’s Farm. Donations are accepted.

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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.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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