Rhody Weekend Must-Do's: June 29-July 4

10 best bets for celebrating the 4th, from parades to movie nights on the beach


Ring in the 4th of July with patriotic celebrations this weekend (pro-tip: check town and commerce association websites to see where festivities take place near you), along with can’t-miss summer theater, arts events, local markets, drive-in movies, and even a full moon bike ride!

In case of weather delays or last-minute cancellations, always call the venue or check online for updates before you go.


For a full-fledged weekend of patriotic revelry, Bristol is the place to be for the holiday, with a Concert Series running nightly through Sunday, fireworks on Monday, and parade Tuesday. (Refuel and catch more live music at nearby Pivotal Brewing). Bristol

There’s only one more week to head over to Theatre by the Sea for the award-winning performance of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, following the teenage songwriter’s musical journey to stardom. Wakefield

Following music and fireworks on Saturday, the 97th Ancients & Horribles Independence Day Parade takes place Tuesday, with outlandish floats and wacky attire on display, plus the Glocester Annual Road Race in the morning. Glocester

All are invited to enjoy Culture Fest 23, a fun-filled, family-friendly community celebration featuring cultural experiences of art, music, theater, and traditions spanning the state’s vivid tapestry. June 30-July 2, Providence

FRIDAY, June 30

Satisfy late-night snacking cravings with a visit to the Night Market at Kow Kow, the East Side’s go-to for bubble waffles ice cream cones, hosting local food and shopping vendors from 7-10pm. Providence

Bring the kids to Spring Lake Beach Movie Night for a screening of Back to the Future at 7pm, and while you’re there, jump in the water (open late) for an evening swim and bring your pennies for retro arcade games inside. Harrisville

The Spring Colors Fashion Show brings international designers to the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, showcasing a range of refined styles on the runway, with tickets available online. Providence


Take a step back in time with a visit to Paine House Museum for Market Day, with local vendors selling their wares, historical and handcrafted gifts at the mercantile, and tours available throughout the day. Coventry

SUNDAY, July 2

Nothing says summer like a screening of JAWS at the Misquamicut Drive-In. Pile your family or friend group in the car (tickets are by vehicle, not person, and available online) and get there early for a good spot. Westerly 

MONDAY, July 3

Strap on your helmet and reflective gear for an after-dark Full Moon Ride with Bike Newport, sponsored by AARP Rhode Island. See the City by the Sea bathed in moonlight and meet fellow cyclists at this 18+ event. Registration required. Newport


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