Fourth of July parades, fireworks, and celebrations

From Bristol to Block Island and into Connecticut, there are Independence Day celebrations aplenty in the region. Some will take place the weekend before, some the weekend after, but in fine Fourth of July tradition, many will take place Thursday, on the holiday itself. Here is a list of local parades, fireworks displays and other celebrations planned to honor the birth of our nation.



Stonington's July Fourth Parade will kick off on Thursday, July 4, at 10 a.m., from Wadwanuck Square, Stonington. The parade meanders along the streets of the borough and is followed by a reading of the Declaration of Independence, an ice cream social and a free concert.


Olympic Gold Medalist winner Kara Wolters is the Grand Marshal for the 2019 Groton 4th of July parade. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and run along Route 1 from Poquonnock Plains Park to the Groton Shopping Plaza on Drozdyk Drive. For more information, call 860-536-5682.


The 234th annual Bristol Fourth of July Parade Picnic will take place Thursday, July 4, in downtown Bristol. The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. and will step off at the corner of Chestnut Street and Hope Street and ends on High Street, between State and Bradford. For more information, call 401-253-0390 or visit the

Block Island

The parade route will start at Veterans Park on Thursday, July 4, at 11 a.m. and end at the statue of Rebecca in Old Harbor. The theme for 2019 is "Favorite TV Shows, Past and Present." For more information call the Visitor's Center at 800-383-2474.


The 93rd annual Ancients and Horribles Parade will take place Thursday, July 4, at 4 p.m. The parade of locally created floats and displays will wind down Main Street, Glocester. For more information, call 401-568-6206, ext. 0, or visit



The Weekapaug Inn will host an Independence Day Family Day Carnival and Fireworks show on Thursday, July 4, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. There will be dinner, carnival, s’mores and fireworks. Cost is $125 for adults and $65 for children. Visit for more information.

Watch Hill

The Ocean House will host an Independence Day Beach Ball with food, music and fireworks on Friday, July 5, from 7 to 10 p.m. Cost is $165 for adults, $135 for ages 5 to 20, free for ages 4 and under and $65 for Sandcastles program for ages 11 and under. For more information, visit

Block Island

A fireworks display will take place on Wednesday, July 3, at the town beach pavilion, at dusk.

North Kingstown

The Town of North Kingstown will present a concert by the Lafayette Community Band at 7 p.m., followed by a fireworks display on Wednesday, July 3, at dusk at the town beach located 15 Beach St. Rain date is Saturday, July 6.



The Mystic Seaport Museum will celebrate Independence Day on Thursday, July 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. featuring an authentic 1870s celebration with picnic on the green at noon, followed by a parade through the village at 1 p.m. and patriotic ceremonies from the bandstand. A concert by the Mystic Silver Cornet Band will follow the parade. For more information, call 888-973-2767.


The Wakefield Independence Day celebration will take place on Thursday, July 4, at Old Mountain Field, Route 108, Wakefield. There will be music, children's activities, food vendors and fireworks at dusk. Activities begin at 5 p.m., concert at 6 p.m. For more information, call 401-789-9301.

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