USA, Newport, RI - A lifering and American flag adorn the stern of the schooner Madeline sailing in Narragansett Bay near Hammersmith Farm.

Good Morning, today is Sunday, July 3.

🌊 On this day in 1878, George M. Cohen was born in Rhode Island. Cohan was a playwright, composer, lyricist, actor, singer, dancer, and producer during his 50+ year career in entertainment. Read More

🌊 On this day in 1969, the Newport Jazz Festival experimented with rock music for the first time with performances by Led Zeppelin, Blood, Sweat, & Tears, Jethro Tull, Jeff Beck, and more.

Excess crowds estimated at twenty thousand who had been unable to obtain tickets filled an adjacent hillside, and the weekend was marred by disturbances including fence crashing and crowd surging during the most popular performances. Read More

🌊 WUN’s Rick Farrell was on hand at Mohegan Sun for New Kids on the Block on Friday night. Concert Photos

🌊 WUN’s Ken Abrams caught James Taylor at The Dunk on Friday night. Concert Review and Photos

🌊 Nearly 20 percent of the candidates who filed to run for the state House of Representatives last week are running unopposed, according to the Secretary of State’s Office, with all but one a Democrat. WUN’s Frank Prosnitz with more – Nearly 20 percent of RI House candidates running unopposed

🌊 You have two chances to hear the Declaration of Independence be read in Newport on Monday, both long traditions;

At 11 am, Colonel Roy Lauth of the Rhode Island Society Sons of the Revolution will read from the steps of the Colony House, where a 19-year-old Newport native, John Handy, first read the Declaration to the Colony on July 22, 1776.

At 3:30 pm, join Clarke Cooke House outside on Bannisters Wharf for their 40+ annual reading of the Declaration of Independence and Independence Day Sing-Along.

🌊 Jamestown, Bristol, Warwick, North Providence, and East Providence have fireworks planned for tonight. Schedule.

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What’s Up Today


  • Today – Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradual clearing during the afternoon, with a high near 80. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
  • Tonight – Clear, with a low around 65. West wind around 7 mph becoming north after midnight.

Marine Forecast

  • Today – Variable winds less than 5 kt becoming SW 5 to 9 kt in the morning. Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight – WSW wind around 6 kt becoming N after midnight. Clear. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Coastal Water Temperature: 63°F.

Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 5:16 am | Sunset: 8:22 pm | 15 hours & 6 minutes of sun.
  • High tide at 11:32 am & 11:37 pm | Low tide at 4:52 am & 4:46 pm.
  • Moon: Waxing Crescent, 3.5 days, 13% lighting.

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Happening Today

Things To Do


  • @ The Deck: Brian Scott at 7 pm
  • Clarke Cooke House:  Bobby Ferreira at 12:30 pm, Steve Cerelli at 10 pm
  • Dockside: Felix Brown and Those Guys at 10 pm
  • Fastnet Irish Pub: Irish Sessions from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • Fifth Element: Lois Vaughan Jazz Trio from 11 am to 3 pm
  • Gulf Stream Bar & Grille: Alexus Leee & Kevin Scollins from 12 pm to 3 pm
  • Gurney’s: The Honky Tonk Knights featuring Chelsea A from 6 pm to 9 pm at The Pineapple Club
  • Irish American Club: Karaoke at 9 pm
  • Johnny’s at Wyndham:  Live music from 3 pm to 7 pm
  • JPT Film & Event Center: Elvis at 1 pm & 4:30 pm
  • La Forge:  Dave Manuel from 11 am to 2 pm
  • Landing: Live music at 1 pm, Jim Devlin at 4:30 pm, Jake Kulak Band at 8 pm
  • Narragansett Cafe: Mike Crandall Band from 4 pm to 7 pm
  • Newport Classical: Junction Trio at The Breakers at 8 pm
  • O’Brien’s Pub: George Zecher on Steel Drums from 3 pm to 6 pm, Bingo inside at 7 pm
  • One Pelham East: Live music at 5 pm
  • Pour Judgement: Los Duderinos at 10 pm
  • The Breakers: Newport Classical: Junction Trio at 8 pm
  • The Chanler at Cliff Walk: Skyline Jazz Duo in the Wine Garden from 2 pm to 5 pm
  • The Firehouse Theater: Chase Ceglie Jazz Quartet at 5 pm
  • The Reef: Brian Scott Duo from 1 pm to 4 pm, Lucas Neil from 6 pm to 9 pm

City & Government

  • No meetings are scheduled.


The Latest from WUN

On This Day in RI History: July 3, 1878 – Composer George M. Cohan is born

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Concert Photos: New Kids on the Block and friends bring the party to Mohegan Sun Arena

Coast Guard suspends search for missing fisherman off the Massachusetts coast

Nearly 20 percent of RI House candidates running unopposed

Concert Review and Photos: James Taylor brings good vibes to the Dunk (July 1, 2022)

Local Obituaries

We’ll See You Out There

Madeleine – A life-ring and American flag adorn the stern of the schooner Madeleine sailing in Narragansett Bay near Hammersmith Farm.

A fine art photograph by Alexander Nesbitt.  Available printed by the artist in a variety of styles here and at Blink Gallery at 89 Thames Street.

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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.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

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.

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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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