Sun setting at the public part of Bailey's beach know to locals as Rejects' Beach
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Good Morning, today is Monday, July 4

🌊 Happy Independence Day! In Newport, there is a slate of free events planned in by the Newport Historical Society and Rhode Island Society Sons of The Revolution today, here’s the lineup;

9:00 am: Daughters of the American Revolution hosting wreath-laying at the grave of William Ellery, signer of the Declaration, in Island Park Cemetery.

· 10:00 am-11:00 am: The Newport Historical Society will open the Old Colony House for visitors, the fourth oldest State House in America. There is no charge for admission.

· 10:00 am-11:00 am: Newport Community Orchestra plays at Washington Square.

· 11:00 am: The reading of the Declaration of Independence by Colonel Roy Lauth of the Rhode Island Society Sons of the Revolution. He 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.

· Immediately following the reading, the Artillery Company of Newport will fire a 21 Gun Salute to the Nation, using the four cannons purchased from Paul Revere in 1798 by the new state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

🌊 On Bannisters Wharf at 3:30 pm, the staff from the Clarke Cooke House will participate in their 40+ annual tradition of the reading of the Declaration of Independence and Sing-Along.

🌊 Newport fireworks are on schedule for 9:15 pm this evening. A reminder that they get shot off from the north end of Fort Adams State Park, so a good viewing place is anywhere facing west along the harbor. Enjoy!

What’s Up Today


  • Today – Sunny, with a high near 77. North wind 6 to 15 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
  • Tonight – Partly cloudy, with a low around 66. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Marine Forecast

  • Today – N wind 5 to 8 kt becoming SSW 10 to 13 kt in the afternoon. Sunny. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight – SSW wind 5 to 9 kt becoming variable and less than 5 kt. Partly cloudy. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Coastal Water Temperature: 63°F.

Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 5:17 am | Sunset: 8:22 pm | 15 hours & 5 minutes of sun.
  • High tide at 12:16 pm | Low tide at 5:23 am & 5:29 pm.
  • Moon: Waxing Crescent, 4.4 days, 21% lighting.

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Happening Today

Things To Do


  • @ The Deck: Felix Brown at 5 pm, The Complaints at 9 pm
  • Celtica: Music Bingo at 7:30 pm
  • Landing: Steve Demers at 1 pm, Sean Rivers at 4:30 pm, Chase Ceglie Jazz Quartet at 8 pm
  • King Park: Newport Classical: Triton Brass: A Salute to America  at 7:30 pm
  • Newport Classical: Triton Brass: A Salute to America at King Park at 7:30 pm
  • One Pelham East: Bruce Jacques at 10 pm
  • The Fastnet Pub: The Ubiquitones at 10 pm
  • The Fifth Element: The Groove Merchants from 7 pm to 10 pm
  • The Reef: Brian Scott Duo from 1 pm to 4 pm, Lucas Neil from 6 pm to 9 pm

City & Government

  • No public meetings are scheduled.


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Rejects Beach Sunset – Vertical: Sunset at Reject’s Beach, Newport’s unofficial (and free) beach.
A fine art photograph by Alexander Nesbitt. Available here and at Blink Gallery at 89 Thames Street.

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.

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.
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