2019 Independence Day Celebration

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 was held at India Point Park on Thursday, July 4th beginning at 7:00pm.  The event featured family fun, live entertainment and a fireworks display. This event was family friendly and free!


  • Live performance from The American Band
  • Live fireworks display
  • Food vendors from around the Ocean State

The 2019 Independence Day celebration was made possible with support from the City of Providence, Providence Tourism Council. Additional sponsors of the celebration include the Department of Parks and Recreation, GoProvidence.com, and Lite Rock 105

The City worked 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 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
  • 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:  www.boated.com/abc/abc_specific_images/pdfs/ri_law.pdf.
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