Ways to Celebrate Independence Day in Rhode Island For Days

When it comes to the Fourth of July, the Ocean State has everything you need to keep your star-spangled spirits high


From seafood boils and baked goodies to socially distanced beach gatherings, we’ve compiled some classic examples of how Little Rhody keeps the fun going for this year’s new kind of Fourth. 

Watch THE Parade
When most Rhode Islanders think of this patriotic day, the Bristol Fourth of July Parade is the first thing to come to mind. This year, the Bristol community will put on a vehicle procession parade with entertainment along the way. Visit online for full schedule and details​. Bristol Fourth of July Parade 

Have S’more Dessert

You don’t need a campfire to make s’mores when you have this Greenville bakery’s S’mores Cake. This Independence Day special comes in two sizes to fit any Fourth of July gathering you’re planning. Ivy & Lace Bakery 

Flex Your Mussels
You may already be planning on putting back a few ‘Gansetts during the festivities, but Narragansett Beer also pulls through with some mouthwatering summer recipes, including the ‘Gansett Clambake, on their website. Narragansett Beer 

Enjoy Live Music
Narragansett Parks and Rec brings local R&B and rock band Brass Force to the North Beach Clubhouse deck at 5pm. Bring a beach chair and get ready to groove. Narragansett Town Beach 

Attend a Beach Ball
After months of being stuck indoors, spend a memorable evening outside with the family at the Ocean House for Independence Day Beach Ball. Featuring a seafood platter menu, specialty cocktails, live music, and a colorful fireworks display, this event ticks off all the boxes. Ocean House

Climb Aboard
Keep the star-spangled spirit going through Sunday by setting sail aboard Schooner Aurora through the Newport Experience’s Lobster Boil & Sunset Sail. Lobster is served at 5pm before sailing at 6:30pm. Book your reservations now for this family-friendly voyage. Schooner Aurora 

Plant Yourself
Centrally located in Kennedy Plaza, Trinity Beer Garden serves up their own craft brews, cocktails, and wine. Open through the end of the summer, this outdoor beer hub is the perfect spot for Fourth of July picnics and socially distanced hangouts. Trinity Beer Garden 

Head to Weekapaug
It never hurts to start your Fourth of July festivities a little early. Boasting endless lobster, plenty of entrees, and a dessert table, Thursday’s Lobster Boil & BBQ on the lawn at Weekapaug is a great way to get into the festive spirit. Book your reservation online. Weekapaug Inn

Beach Day for a Cause
Balllard's Block Island Country Hang Out will take a scaled-back approach this year, but you can still expect lively country bands, pineapple bevvies, and VIP cabanas. The Sunday event is free to the public but accepting donations to help support local charities impacted by the pandemic. Ballard's


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