East Providence Rec Department readies annual fireworks display


EAST PROVIDENCE — The City of East Providence and Department of Recreation will sponsor an Independence Day Celebration on Thursday, July 3, (rain date July 5) at Pierce Stadium, 201 Mercer St.

The evening will feature a concert by local favorites “Crushed Velvet” & “Kicking Hole” who are generously donating their performances!  Spectacular fireworks display to follow the show! Gates open at 6 p.m.  Food and beverage concessions available. This event is free and open to the public!  For more information, contact the EP Recreation department at 401-435-7511.

Summer Concert Series

Get out your lawn chairs and join East Providence Recreation for another great season of summer entertainment!  Unless otherwise noted, concerts begin at 6 p.m. The EPRD Summer Concert Series is made possible by artist donated performances.  Shows are on Thursday evenings at Rose Larisa Park, 700 Bullocks Point Ave. All concerts are weather permitting. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact the EP Recreation department at 401-435-7511.

The schedule is as follows: July 10: “Major Hemisphere” (pop/soul fusion); July 17: “Strictly Sentimental Swing” (big band swing) 7 p.m. start time; July 24: TBA; July 31: Michael Pannarello’s “Tribute to Frankie Valli."

Fireworks disposal

There’s a big list of “cannot and do-not’s” for discarding fireworks, according to R.I. Resource Recovery, the owner and operator of the Materials Recycling Facility and Central Landfill.

Ignoring the disposal rules puts lives in danger and can cause serious damage to property.

Fireworks in any condition – unused, used debris, and duds -- should all be placed in a paper bag and brought to the R.I. State Fire Marshal for disposal. Most fireworks, such as cherry bombs, fire crackers, sparklers, pin wheels, M-80s, Roman candles, salutes, etc., are all dangerous when not used, stored or disposed with care.

Never place fireworks in recycling bins or carts, or garbage cans. The explosives, even in trace amounts, can ignite through friction, causing an explosion, fire and injury to waste handlers, pets and anyone near the containers.

Do not douse them in water because that may make cause an unexpected explosion. Water may change the composition of fireworks and make them unstable.

Similarly, don’t store fireworks in plastic bags. The static electricity created by movement can create an ignition source for the fireworks.

The Rhode Island State Fire Marshal’s office is located at 118 Parade Street, Providence, and the phone is 401-462-4200. Drop off unwanted, unused, or dud fireworks at the Fire Marshal’s office Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m..


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