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4 Local Polar Plunges to Kick Off 2020

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Looking to kick off 2020 with a splash? Here’s a look at local polar plunges happening on New Year’s Day. 

As of Dec. 30, the New Year’s Day weather forecast for Portsmouth will be sunny with a high near 40 degrees, according to the National Weather Service

New Year’s Day

Mostly sunny, with a high near 40. West wind 13 to 15 mph.

The following polar dives will be held on New Year’s Day 2020: 


Portsmouth’s annual Polar Dive takes place at noon in Island Park (along seawall). Bonfire starts around 11:15 a.m.

Prudence Island


Make a splash on New Year's Day at the Tiverton Yacht Club's Penguin Plunge!'Penguins' will meet at Grinnell's Beach…

Posted by Tiverton Library Services RI on Sunday, December 29, 2019


From the event page:


I hope there are some great people out there willing to plunge! We are looking for sponsors too! Form a team or ask your friends to support you in your plunge!! Remember we are “Freezin for a Reason” This year funds will help fund Henry’s Wish.

Event is FREE, however Donations are greatly appreciated!

Are you ready to be “FREEZIN FOR A REASON?”….for the past 16 years, A Wish Come True has organized the largest polar plunge in the Rhode Island on Easton Beach (1st Beach) in Newport! Last year over 4500 brave souls jumped in the water to help support our Wish Families! This year, we will have more fun things to do… bring the family and get pictures with Comic Con characters, have coffee and refreshments from Brewed Awakenings and most importantly, get support from others to take the plunge! WE need your help this year as we have a waiting list of children needing their wishes sponsored!!! Lets do this together.

“Hasbro Children’s Hospital diagnosed Henry with Stage IV High-Risk Neuroblastoma at the end of June 2017. He has had multiple rounds of chemotherapy along with major abdominal surgery within a year and a half’s time. In December 2018 he was declared to have no evidence of this disease. Henry now has Stage 3 Chronic Kidney disease, hearing loss from his treatment. During his scans at the end of September 2019, Hasbro found that Henry had relapsed and the cancer has returned. He is now in the middle of going through another four rounds of chemo.

Henry attends preschool at Primrose Hill School. When he is well enough, Henry is a really happy and outgoing child even with these obstacles! He loves to play with his older brother Lincoln and do anything fun!” – Henry’s Mom

Your Polar Plunge team can be any size from a group of friends, co-workers, family members, you and your partner, neighbors,….ect, so take the plunge – “Freezin for a Reason” and join us for a good cause. Click the link to join:

Interested in becoming a sponsor of the event click the link below, we’d be happy to have you.

• Top fundraising team/individual
• Best “Freezin for a Reason” Costume

11am – 12pm coffee, pictures and dancing on the beach!!
12pm Sharp – The Plunge
1:00 pm Join us for the After Plunge Party at O’Brien’s Pub on Thame
St., Newport and take pictures with your favorite “Rhode Island Comic Con” characters!


Whether or not there will be a plunge this year in Jamestown remains unknown. A few residents spoke online about an unofficial plunge. As of Dec. 22, previous organizers of the Jamestown plunge announced the following on Facebook.

Updated December 22nd, 2019; the previous organizers of the former Jamestown 1st Day Plunge(Penguin Plunge), and the…

Posted by Jamestown St.Paddy's Day Splash on Sunday, December 22, 2019

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