Free family programming, live music and fireworks display to highlight annual Independence Day Celebration in India Point Park on July 4
June 25, 2018
PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and the Providence Tourism Council are pleased to announce the City’s annual Independence Day Celebration will be held at India Point Park on Wednesday, July 4th beginning at 7:00pm. The event will feature family-friendly activities, live entertainment and a fireworks display. This event is free and open to the public.
“The City’s Independence Day Celebration is one of the summer’s biggest and most anticipated events,” said Mayor Elorza. “I look forward to joining residents and visitors from all over the region at India Point Park to celebrate the Fourth of July. We hope you’ll join us for this family-friendly, free event that features one of the largest and most spectacular fireworks displays around.”
The featured performers of the City of Providence’s Independence Day Celebration will be the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast, which will take the stage at 7:00pm.
A traditional Air National Guard squadron, the band consists of 40 members, all National Guard members with civilian careers who meet one weekend a month to rehearse and perform. Its ranks are filled with professional musicians, educators, students, administrators, salesmen, builders and other professionals. The band has received many awards, including the Air Force Outstanding Unit award and the Pennsylvania Governor’s Unit Citation. Its annual concert tours have taken it to Germany, Holland, France, the Azores, Antigua-West Indies, Norway, England, Denmark, and throughout the United States.
Visitors to the Independence Day Celebration will be able to enjoy their favorite flavors of the Ocean State with a food truck corral showcasing over 12 local food vendors. Children and adults are encouraged to bike to India Point Park where they can park their bicycles securely for free with Bike Valet operated by Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition between 5:30pm and 10:00pm near the Vartan Gregorian Elementary School.
The rain date for the event is July 5, 2018.
The 2018 Independence Day celebration is made possible with support from the City of Providence, Providence Tourism Council. Additional sponsors of the celebration include the City of Providence Parks Department, GoProvidence.com, the City’s Eat Play Learn Initiative and Lite Rock 105.
The City working closely with our public safety agencies to ensure that this year’s event is fun and safe.
- Spectators are asked to be aware of their surroundings. If you see a suspicious person, object or vehicle in the park, please report the sighting to (401) 272-3121 or notify nearby law enforcement personnel.
- Do not store or leave any personal items, backpacks, or packages unattended in the park.
- Bags may be subject to random search.
- No fireworks of any kind are allowed in the park.
- No open flames of any kind are allowed in the park.
- No drones.
- Per the regulations of the Providence Parks Commission, dogs, skateboards and open flames/grilling will be prohibited in the park.
- Expect delays when leaving after the fireworks.
- The public is strongly encouraged to access the park by the India Point Park Walking Bridge located at East and Wickenden Streets.
The City will also be observing the following traffic plan to ensure easy access in and out of India Point Park on July 4:
- There will be restricted parking along India Street and it will be closed after 8:00am from Newport Ferry Landing to the I-195 off-ramp.
- South Main and India Street will be ONE-WAY (South then West) from Point Street along South Main under the I-Way Bridge underpass West to the Hilton Garden Inn (Gano Street).
- Exit 2 (India Street/Gano Street) off I-195 East will be closed from 3:00pm to 11:00pm.
- Customers of the Hilton Garden Inn will be allowed to enter from Gano Street.
- No stopping will be allowed on Route 95 or Route 195. The Rhode Island State Police will be posted on the highway.
- Passengers on the Providence-Newport ferry should allow additional time for parking. Check their website for more information about this service.
- Ferry customers will only be able to access the ferry dock by taking South Main Street. Boats are permitted in the Bay but safety regulations will be strictly enforced, including requiring navigational lights, life jackets, and a 200 yard security zone around the fireworks barge. For more information on boat safety laws, please visit: https://www.boat-ed.com/abc/abc_specific_images/pdfs/ri_law.pdf.
- For RIPTA schedules, please visit: https://www.ripta.com/.