Fourth of July fireworks light up the night sky over World War II Memorial State Park in Woonsocket.

There will be plenty of parades, concerts and fireworks in the Blackstone Valley in honor of Independence Day, and it all begins today with Woonsocket’s annual 4th of July celebration at Barry Field.

The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with entertainment and a concert by Jeff Gamache & Runaway Train, who will be crooning patriotic favorites and more until 9 p.m.

The fireworks display over Barry Field will light up the skies around 9:15 p.m.

Event attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and or blankets.

There will also be several food vendors, including Bugg’d Out BBQ, Alien Ice Cream, Nessa’s Snack Shack and The Big Freezy.

Here’s a roundup of what’s on tap to honor the holiday:


Pawsox postgame fireworks at McCoy Stadium will be held after the game on Wednesday, July 3. Game time is 6:15 p.m., with fireworks set to music approximately 20 minutes after the final out. For tickets visit


The Town of Cumberland’s annual July 4th event is Wednesday, July 3, at the Tucker Field Complex on Mendon Road with music, a food truck rally and fireworks at 9 p.m.

The festival kicks off at 5 p.m. with a food truck rally that will run until 9 p.m. Kelley Lennon will perform at 6:30 p.m.

The Cumberland Senior Center will hold its annual July 4th Cookout on Wednesday, July 24 at 11 a.m. at the senior center, 1464 Diamond Hill Road.

The 91st Annual Arnold Mills Parade steps off Thursday, July 4, at 11 a.m. on Nate Whipple Highway (Route 120) close to the North Attleboro town line. The theme for this year’s parade is “Let Freedom Ring.”

The parade will be preceded by the 48th annual Arnold Mills Road Race, which begins at 9 a.m. from the North Cumberland fire station, 50 Arnold Mills Road.

One of the oldest running races in New England, it is a certified 4-mile race over mostly flat country roads. The top three finishers get trophies, with a prize raffle to follow.


Bellingham’s Fourth of July Fireworks will be held Saturday, July 20, to coincide with Bellingham Old Home Days Celebration, to be held July 19-21. The town’s 300th Anniversary signature celebration will be a three-day extravaganza at the Middle School complex featuring three days of live music, a huge vendor village, lots of games and events for the kids and families, along with fireworks July 19 and July 20.


The 2nd annual North Smithfield fireworks will be held July 13 at 9 p.m. at North Smithfield High School, 412 Greenville Road. There will also be food trucks. Rain date is July 14.The fireworks culminate North Smithfield Days, which will be held July 10-13. The four-day events includes all kinds of activities and programs, including family movies at sunset, concerts, morning fitness programs and walking tours of Slatersville. There will also be a Kids Day in Pacheco Park July 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For a full listing of North Smitfield Days events visit Facebook or


The city will host a special Independence Day flag raising ceremony at noontime Wednesday, July 3, at City Hall, 580 Broad St.


East Providence’s Independence Day Celebration will be held Wednesday, July 3, at Pierce Stadium, 201 Mercer St., with fireworks slated to go off at 9:15 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m.

There will also be food, concessions and a free concert, followed by the fireworks.


The 93rd annual Ancients & Horribles Parade steps off at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 4. The parade starts at the intersection of Routes 100 and 98 (Money Hill Road and Steere Farm Road) and ends at Acote’s Field on Putnam Pike, Chepachet.

Several bands will entertain an expected crowd of 10,000 or more. In addition, several large and small floats, walking groups, tractors, antique cars and trucks, artillery units, fire apparatus, and a cadre of cops, clowns, and assorted other characters will comprise the line of march.

The town’s July 4th fireworks display will be held on Saturday, July 6, at 9 p.m. at Glocester Memorial Park behind the Senior Center on Route 44. There will also be musical entertainment all day beginning at 3 p.m. Bands includes Leo’s High-Lowsome Trio, Sun Gun, Lighthouse, and Parkin Lot Lovin.

The 46th annual Road Race kicks off Tuesday, July 4 at 9 a.m. from Chepachet Union Church, 1138 Putnam Pike. There are four races: a 5.5-mile race, a 1.75-mile race, a 1-mile race for children 8-12 years old, and a .5 mile race for children 7 years old and under.

The entire schedule of events and details pertaining to all activities and contests may be found online at


The Uxbridge 4th of July Celebration will be held on Saturday, July 6, at the McCloskey Middle School Field from 5 to 9 p.m. The event, hosted by the Uxbridge 4th of July Committee and Premeer Real Estate, will feature music, food trucks, inflatable fun, sweet treats. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.


Franklin’s 37th July 4th Celebration kicks off Wednesday, July 3, at 6 p.m. at the Town Common and ends Sunday, July 7 at 5 p.m. The five-day event includes food booths and amusements, bands and contests and special children’s day events on Saturday.

Fireworks will be Saturday at 10 p.m. For a complete schedule of events, visit


Attleboro’s July 4th celebration with family-oriented games, activities, food, music and prizes will be held Tuesday, July 4, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Poncin-Hewitt complex.

The annual Children’s July 4th Bike Parade starts at approximately 10:15 a.m.

There will be complimentary food and music provided by DJ Nate Adams.

There will be a fireworks display Wednesday, July 3 at 9 p.m. at Hayward Field, 89 North Avenue. The rain date is Friday, July 5.


North Providence’s Independence Day Celebration will be held Wednesday, July 3, at Governor John A. Notte Jr. Park, Douglas Avenue, with entertainment and a food court from 6 to 9 p.m., followed by a fireworks display at 9 p.m. Rain date is July 5.


An Independence Day Thrill Show and fireworks display will be held Saturday, July 6, from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at Seekonk Speedway, 1710 Fall River Avenue. The event will include spectator drags, enduro and truck drags, figure eight races, and powder puff races. Gates open at 2:30 p.m. and races begins at 5 p.m. Fireworks after dark. Tickets are $25 for adults; $12 for children 6-12; and free for children 5 and younger.


Fireworks display on Wednesday, July 3, at Hope Jackson Fire Station at Hope Park, 117 Main St. Event opens at 5 p.m. with clam cakes, burgers, hot dogs, drinks, and free chowder. Fun activities for the kids include bounce house, face painting, shrine clowns, balloon animals, temporary tattoos, smoke trailer, glow-sticks and more. Fireworks show beginning at sundown.


Independence Day Celebration Friday, July 5, from 6-10 p.m., Bryant University Bulldog Stadium, 1150 Douglas Pike. The campus opens to the public at 6 p.m. and the U.S. Navy Band will perform at 8 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.


The Bristol 4th of July Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 4, and will step off at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Chestnut Street and Hope Street (Rt. 114) and end on High Street, between State Street and Bradford Street. Hope Street (Rt. 114) will be closed off beginning at 8 a.m., including Poppasquash Road.

Beginning at 7 a.m., Chestnut Street, Naomi Street and Sherry Avenue will be close to traffic. A parking ban along the parade route goes into effect the night before the parade.


Fireworks to be held Sunday, July 7, from 9 to 9:40 p.m. at the Oakland Beach Seawall, Oakland Beach Avenue. The fireworks can also be viewed from City Park, which offers unobstructed views of the display along the shoreline.

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