2013-07-03 / Front Page

Island will commemorate America’s birthday

Both Fourth of July traditions anticipated by Jamestown residents every summer are scheduled to take place this week just as expected.

The improvised North End parade will start its procession down North Road at 10 a.m. Thursday with locals lining the streets beginning at 9:30 in the morning. The parade will once again feature the Jamestown Community Band, which will be joined by noisy fire trucks and the new police cruisers. The rest of the parade is filled with children on bikes, scooters and skateboards, as well as homemade floats, tractors and pets, all donned in red, white and blue.

Later that night, on Fourth of July evening, fireworks in

Newport can be seen from East Ferry.

The annual East Ferry fireworks show will blast off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with music by Ryan Hartt & the Blue Hearts. The community band will also play. Fireworks will be launched from a barge in the East Passage. There is no cost to attend the display, but the Rocket ’hogs – a small group of residents who each year organize the widely popular show – will be on hand to accept donations for the 2014 event.

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