Without a doubt, July 4th is the summer holiday. It’s a day bustling with cookouts and fireworks, but also a day for reflection as we celebrate the history of our nation. Whether you celebrate by getting your patriotic party on, or just like to gaze at the fireworks, there is an event for you.
The oldest Independence Day parade in the country is arguably one of its best. The Bristol July 4 Parade is a Rhode Island tradition unlike any other, with celebrations happening throughout June and July, including a concert series, a Miss Fourth of July Pageant and an In-dependence Day Ball. The parade itself steps off at 10:30am at the corner of Chestnut and Hope Streets. july4thbristolri.com
Want to celebrate the Bristol 4th of July Parade with great seats and excellent food? Linden Place will be having its Annual Parade Picnic offering breakfast and lunch. You can also tour the mansion, stroll through the gardens, and have a seat right in front of the parade action. $55-$80. 500 Hope Street, Bristol. 401-253-0390, lindenplace.org
Gather the family and head to the scenic Block Island for the Annual Block Island 4th of July Parade. The parade kicks off at 11am at the Legion Hall and features Don Littlefield, the owner of Belle Isle B&B, will be dressed up as Uncle Sam! It’s truly a spectacle event, so bring your lawn chair and spray on the sunscreen, and enjoy the floats, bands, and others as make their way across the island. The parade will start at New Harbor and end at Old Harbor. Various locations. blockislandchamber.com
For a unique July 4th experience, the South Country Museum’s Fourth of July Rhode Island Red Chick Hatch gives visitors a chance to see and hold day-old baby chicks while enjoying live old-time acoustic music from the South County Strummers. 15 Strathmore Street, Narragansett. 401-783-5400, southcountymuseum.org
What’s better than celebrating The 4th in the capital city? Lay out a blanket and cuddle close at India Point Park’s Annual July 4 Fireworks Display. Gaze at the night sky and prepare to be blown away by the city’s best fireworks show. India Point Park, Gano Street, Providence. 401-785-9450
Looking for a laugh this Independence Day? Then head to the famous Ancient & Horribles Parade. This hilarious event will have you holding your stomach and doubling over. Join Glocester locals as the spoof Rhode Island and national politics in this giggle-inducing mock Fourth of July Parade. glocesterri.org