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Where you can watch fireworks in and around Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Find out where and when to celebrate the Fourth of July with the following complete local fireworks schedule.

The following Fourth of July events are organized by nearest town, starting with Portsmouth. Firework displays are weather permitting. 


Thursday, July 4, at 9:30 p.m. at Escobar’s Farm

From Escobar’s Farmhouse Inn:

Portsmouth celebrates Independence Day, each year, with the annual fireworks display put on by the Escobar family at their Middle Road farm on July 4th.

The show starts after dark and hundreds gather at Escobar’s Farm at 133 Middle Road to watch the show, which is both a celebration of our nation’s independence as well as an annual community gathering tradition. Many enjoy the show because of its rural, community feel. It also is an opportunity to explore the farm.

Donations are encouraged — since the show does not receive formal town or state funding and is run entirely through donations and volunteers…and the kindness of Mr. Escobar’s heart. There is an old metal milk can, tied to the tree out in front of Jane & Louie’s house, where donations can be placed!

*Show begins around 9:30 p.m.
*Please do not enter the Farmhouse Inn property from the driveway on East Main Road or the dirt path on Middle Road. Parking at the Inn is limited to registered guests & their families.

*Police remind residents and visitors that there will be traffic delays in the area. There will also be delays near the Mount Hope Bridge because of festivities in Bristol.

*People are asked to be courteous and consider finding a different vantage spot if Middle Road is clogged with cars. The area must remain clear for first responders and emergency vehicles.

*There are many viewing areas to see the fireworks beyond Middle Road.

Saturday, July 6, after dark, Island Park

Island Park’s 2nd annual fireworks on Saturday, July 6, with festivities from 5:30-9 PM. 

Saturday, July 6, after dark at the Aquidneck Club (formerly the Carnegie Abbey Club)

While the club’s grounds are only open to members of the Aquidneck Club, you can still view fireworks from nearby on the island’s west side. Fireworks at the Aquidneck Club take place Saturday, after dark, from the Aquidneck Club.


Wednesday, July 3, at 9:30 p.m. from Bristol Harbor


Monday, July 1, after dark from East Ferry Wharf

Festivities take place from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.


Tuesday, July 2, around 9:15 p.m. along the water

The fireworks show begins after dark, around 9:15pm. Best viewing is anywhere along Newport Harbor, facing west.

Fall River

Thursday, July 4, after dark near Battleship Cove

See the city of Fall River, MA fireworks display in honor of the 4th of July from the deck of the USS Massachusetts BB59.

Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased from the gift shop at the museum. Gates open at 7:30 PM.

No bags, backpacks, coolers, alcoholic beverages, and other restrictions apply. Please visit or contact the museum gift shop to purchase tickets and to get more details. Calls for more information can be made to 508-678-1100 ext 101 or 121.

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