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2017 Providence 4th of July Celebration & Fireworks

Image from Department of Arts, Culture, + Tourism by Michael Christofaro

The City of Providence will celebrate with fireworks, food, music, and more at India Point Park on July 4th. Details from the Department of Arts, Culture, + Tourism:


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 Tuesday, July 4th 2017 beginning at 7PM. The event will feature family fun, a bike parade and valet, live entertainment and a fireworks display. This event is free and open to the public.

“The City’s Independence Day Celebration is a highlight of the summer season in our Creative Capital,” Said Mayor Elorza. “I look forward to joining visitors and residents at India Point Park to celebrate the Fourth of July at this family-friendly, free event and our signature fireworks display.”

Public Safety Plan

The Department of Art, Culture + Tourism works closely with our public safety agencies to ensure each event is a fun and secure experience. Please take note of the items below:

  • 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.
  • 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:

  • India St., from Newport Ferry landing to the I-195 East off-ramp, will be closed for City of Providence 4th of July activities on Tuesday, July 4 at 8 am through Midnight.
  • Exit 2 (India St./Gano St.) off of I-195 East will be closed for City of Providence 4th of July activities on Tuesday, July 4 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Please follow signed detour.
  • Parking will also be prohibited from 5 a.m. to midnight on Tuesday, July 4.
  • 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. Ferry customers must access the landing area from South Main Street. Check their website for more information about this service.
  • 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: uscgboating.org.

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