Fourth of July Fireworks

The City of Newport will set off its traditional fireworks display on Wednesday, July 4th over Newport Harbor, with a rain date of Thursday, July 5ths.

The fireworks show, which is shot off from the North Lawn of Fort Adams, begins after it is dark enough for the show to be seen which is anticipated to be 9:15 PM and lasts approximately 15 – 20 minutes.

Newport City Council awarded the contract for the fireworks display to Pyrotecnico Fireworks, Inc. of New Castle, Pennsylvania. Pyrotecnico, the sole contract bidder, submitted proposals for shows at three separate price points ($27,000, $30,000, and $33,000), as requested by the City. The final award amount will be determined by the level of donations received by the public. Pyrotecnico most recently provided the fireworks for the City of Newport’s 4th of July display in 2017.

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

Boaters are invited to anchor their boat West of Goat Island outside of the harbor channel but are urged to be aware of the security zone surrounding Fort Adams.

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 are usually available at the Goat Island Causeway, Perrotti Park, and King Park.

Weather-related cancellations will be made no later than 6:00 pm on Wednesday, July 4th.

Other local fireworks displays include Jamestown’s on Sunday, July 1st at 9 pm, North Kingstown’s on Tuesday, July 3rd at 9pm, Portsmouth’s on Wednesday, July 4th at 9:30 pm, and South Kingstown’s on Wednesday, July 4th at 9:15 pm.

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 -

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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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