2017-06-29 / Front Page

Annual fireworks show Sunday over East Ferry

Red, white and blue will paint the sky Sunday night over East Ferry when the rockets’ red glare commemorate America’s 241st anniversary from British tyranny.

The celebration will commence at 7:30 p.m. with patriotic music from the Jamestown Community Band. With hundreds of spectators lining the East Ferry seawall, beach and green, nearly $25,000 of fireworks will be launched from a barge, exploding over the East Passage of Narragansett Bay with the looming Newport Pell Bridge in the backdrop. The fireworks are expected to start around 9 p.m.

The showcase is organized by the Rocket ’hogs, a group of volunteers. T-shirts and hats will be on sale during the show. Jim Bush, the editorial cartoonist for The Jamestown Press, designed the logo.

Although Sunday’s extravaganza will highlight the holiday weekend, the Fourth of July wouldn’t be complete without the impromptu parade on the north end of East Shore Road. The procession begins at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday with a band, fire trucks, tractors and homemade floats. Children resembling Uncle Sam will lead the procession on their bikes, scooters and skateboards.

Volunteers also are needed July 4 to raise and lower flags at 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., respectively, at East Ferry.

Help the ’hogs

The fireworks are financed entirely through donations. Spectators can contribute Sunday or send a check to P.O. Box 1776, Jamestown, RI 02835. Checks should be made payable to the town of Jamestown with “Rocket ’hogs” in the memo line.

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