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Announcing the 2024 WaterFire Season Schedule

The 2024 WaterFire season currently includes six (6) full lightings and two (2) partial lightings. The 2024 WaterFire Season will kick off with a wall lighting in Memorial Park in coordination with the scheduled release with the first full lighting to follow on Saturday, June 1st. Community favorite events including, honoring Rhode Island Educators, Breast Cancer Survivors, and Rhode Island Veterans will return in 2024 and bring our friends and neighbors together to learn from and celebrate with each other. Additional lightings may be added to the schedule as funding becomes available. Always check our 2024 Schedule page for the latest updates to this schedule.

“We are grateful for all our season supporters and looking forward to the 2024 lighting season. This season can only be successful with the support of our donors and sponsors. We are always looking for additional funding to create memorable events that are accessible for all to enjoy.”

— Ed Cabral, Director of Sponsorships and Corporate Relations

2024 WaterFire Lighting Schedule

Thursday, April 18th
Partial Lighting in Memorial Park
“WaterFire Day” | Sunset (7:30 pm) – 9:30 pm

Saturday, May 11th 
Partial Lighting in Waterplace Basin
Supported by “Always Learning Rhode Island in celebration of Learn365RI” | Sunset (7:55 pm) – 10:00 pm  

Saturday, June 1st 
Full Lighting | Sunset (8:14 pm) – Midnight

Thursday, July 4th
Full Lighting | Sunset (8:24 pm) – Midnight

Tuesday, July 30th 
Partial Lighting in Waterplace Basin
Supported by American Association for State Compensation Insurance Fund (AASCIF) Annual Conference | Sunset ( 8:05 pm ) – 10:00 pm

Saturday, August 31st
Full Lighting | Sunset (7:07 pm) – Midnight

Saturday, September 21st
Full Lighting | Sunset (6:43 pm) – 11:00 pm

Saturday, October 5th
Full Lighting | Sunset (6:19 pm)- 11:00 pm 

Saturday, November 2nd 
Full Lighting | Sunset ( 5:38 pm ) – 10:00 pm

WaterFire Providence thanks our generous supporters for helping to make this season possible. Details of the season schedule will be posted on the WaterFire Providence website at Additional lightings may be added to the schedule as funding becomes available.

WaterFire Providence 2024 Season Supporters

Thank you to the 2024 WaterFire Season Supporters for their ongoing support: State of Rhode Island, Governor Daniel J. McKee; Rhode Island Commerce; The City of Providence, Mayor Brett Smiley; The Providence City Council; The Rhode Island General Assembly; Representative Scott A. Slater; Providence Tourism Council; Rhode Island State Council of the Arts; Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau; Always Learning Rhode Island in celebration of Learn365RI; American Association of State Compensation Insurance Funds;Amica Insurance; Bank of America; Cox Business; Dunkin’; Fidelity Investments; Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation; Manchester Street Station; Rhode Island Department of Education; Rhode Island School of Design; RI Energy; Textron Charitable Trust; Cox Media; Cumulus Media; iHeartMedia, Inc.; Rhode Island Monthly;The Providence Journal; WPRI 12 & FOX Providence & The Rhode Show; AJT Supplies; Cirque De Light;Escape Rhode Island; Fire Works Catering; Gooseneck Vineyards; McLaughlin & Moran; Ocean State Rental; R1 Indoor Karting Entertainment Center; Stanley Tree Service, Inc; and United Site Services Northeast.

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I've worked at WaterFire Providence since 2003. For the first 9 years of my career, I worked in the Production Shop learning all of the details that go into the physical production of the event. In 2012 transitioned to the role of managing WaterFire's social media and web presence. I now head up WaterFire Providence's digital projects including, web, social, databases, and our physical IT infrastructure.

2 thoughts on “Announcing the 2024 WaterFire Season Schedule”

  1. Hi Tim & Barnaby_
    Barnaby said W.F. will
    Do something to honor Michael Grando’s passing on
    1/15/24, at the opening 1st full WF…
    Can you please keep
    Me in the loop? I have
    Some of Michael’s
    Ashes to give you to
    Place in the river.
    Best way to reach me is to phone my cell .
    B. Has my # in Middletown at FFAL.
    Best regards, Pat

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