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Good Morning, today is Tuesday, July 5.

🌊 It was a great night of fireworks in the City of Newport. Kudos to the City, the sponsors, and everyone else who made them possible.

Photo by WUN’s Ken Abrams. View of fireworks from Fort Adams Trust

🌊 The Easton’s Beach Family Night Concert Series kicks off this evening with The Rockin’ Soul Horns at 6 pm. Music returns to the beach on Thursday night with Chidren’s Night and a performance by Johnny The K. Outdoor Music Schedule

🌊 A one-of-a-kind show is coming to the Greenwich Odeum on Saturday, July 16 when ukulele extraordinaire Jim Boggia brings “Bruce off Broadway” to town. WUN’s Ken Abrams spoke with Boggia last week to hear more about the show.

🌊 The next cruise ship scheduled to visit Newport is on July 28 when the Caribbean Princess comes to town. There will be just one cruise ship in August too, on August 29 when the Norwegian Breakaway stops in Newport. The cruise ship season ramps back up in September with 16 ships, followed by 25 in October, and 5 in November. Cruise Ship Schedule

🌊 The crew at Perro Salado let us know that live music returns this week. Catch The Z-Boys every Wednesday night from 9 pm to 12 am (ish) and Steve Cirelli every Thursday from 8 pm to 10 pm.

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What’s Up Today


  • Today – A slight chance of showers between noon and 1 pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 76. Southwest wind 5 to 13 mph. The chance of precipitation is 20%.
  • Tonight – Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 1 am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Breezy, with a south wind 15 to 24 mph. The chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Marine Forecast

  • Small Craft Advisory in effect from July 5, 05:00 PM EDT until July 6, 11:00 AM EDT
  • Today – Variable winds less than 5 kt becoming SSW 6 to 11 kt in the morning. A slight chance of showers between noon and 1 pm. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight – S wind 13 to 16 kt increasing to 18 to 21 kt after midnight. Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 1 am. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Coastal Water Temperature: 68°F.

Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 5:17 am | Sunset: 8:22 pm | 15 hours & 4 minutes of sun.
  • High tide at 12:21 am & 1:01 pm | Low tide at 5:58 am & 6:19 pm.
  • Moon: Waxing Crescent, 5.4 days, 29% lighting.

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Happening Today

Things To Do


  • Celtica: Music Bingo at 7:30 pm
  • Easton’s Beach: The Rockin’s Soul Horns at 6 pm
  • JPT Film & Event Center: Elvis at 4 pm & 7:30 pm
  • Landing: Jay Parker at 1 pm, Mike Milazzo at 4:30 pm, John Erikson at 8 pm
  • Narragansett Cafe:  Trivia from 7 pm to 9 pm
  • Newport Classical: Classical Movie Music at 11 am at Blithewold, Sarah Cahill: The Future is Female at Newport Art Museum at 3 pm
  • One Pelham East: Stu Sinclair at 9 pm

City & Government

The Reef Summer Awaits

The Latest from WUN

What’s Up Interview: Jim Boggia, bringing ‘Bruce Off Broadway’ to the Greenwich Odeum July 16

Sour Grapes: Pizza

Newport walks it off, beat Navigators 7-6 in 11 innings

Red Sox win 8th straight on Fourth of July, beat Rays 4-0

Let’s spare a few words for ‘Silent Cal’ Coolidge on July 4, his 150th birthday

Stone and Hunt seize opportunity and win Bermuda Short-Handed Return

Counties with the most veterans in Rhode Island

Gulls week 4 in review

Revs unbeaten streak at 10 with 2-2 draw vs Cincinnati

Long-missing Alexander Hamilton letter put on public display in Boston

Local Obituaries

Further Reading

ecoRI: Rhode Island Luthier Makes Guitars that Sing Using Mushrooms, Honeycomb

WJAR: Portsmouth man charged with DUI after crash

WJAR: Crews respond to garage fire in Tiverton

WPRI: Bristol 4th of July Parade makes triumphant return

We’ll See You Out There

Cliff Walk Aerial at 40 Steps: The winding path of the Cliff walk against the twinkling glare of the sun on the Atlantic Ocean near “40 steps” at Narragansett Ave. Newport, RI.  Shot from a Helicopter

A fine art photograph by Alexander Nesbitt.  Printed by the artist in a variety of styles, see more here or visit 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.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.