This year for the first time, Fourth of July enthusiasts will be able to avoid traffic and take the Rhode Island Department of Transportation’s (RIDOT) Providence to Newport ferry to Bristol for the world-famous parade. RIDOT plans to offer three round trips on July 4 to the nation’s oldest Fourth of July parade. The schedule is as follows:

The ferry will stop at the State Street Pier in Bristol on its route to Newport and will stop again in Bristol on return trips to Providence. The Bristol ferry stop is one block from the parade route on Hope Street. The price remains the same, $10 for adults, $5 for children (3-12 years) and seniors (65+). Tickets are available at  or at

RIDOT also offers special late-night ferries for WaterFire events in Providence.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).