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Wednesday, April 19 - Strike the Match Season Kick-off

19apr7:30 p.m.9:30 p.m.Wednesday, April 19 - Strike the Match Season Kick-offPartial Lighting, Memorial ParkMemorial Park, 81 S Main St, Providence, RI 02903 Event Organized ByWaterFire Providence

Event Details

WaterFire Providence Full Lighting, supported by RISD (Photograph by Jen Bonin)
Braziers in Memorial Park waiting to be lit. Photograph by Jen Bonin.

Join WaterFire Providence in celebrating the first-ever WaterFire Day in Rhode Island! On April 19, 2023, WaterFire will celebrate this momentous occasion by striking the match, lighting the braziers in Memorial Park, and unveiling the 2023 season schedule

The Strike the Match event will begin at sunset and feature a press conference, where the full schedule for the season will be announced in front of the World War Memorial. Attendees will hear from community stakeholders and WaterFire co-CEOs, Barnaby Evans and Peter Mello. The season is set to include at least 10 full lightings and several partial lightings. The event will conclude with the lighting of the 12 braziers in Memorial Park. 

WaterFire Day #SparkYourAppetite Fundraiser

WaterFire fans are encouraged to spark up their appetites by indulging in Providence’s local bars and restaurants and by doing so, support WaterFire! Restaurants will donate 10% of their daily proceeds to WaterFire so celebrate with us by going to one of the participating establishments listed below!

List of participating bars & restaurants coming soon!

Your participation makes you eligible to win a number of prizes! Simply tag #WaterFireDay2023 and #Sparkyourappetite to be entered into a drawing where you may win any of a number of great prizes including a WaterFire Experience Package for 2 or 4, a hotel stay at The Graduate Providence, and more!

Is your bar or restaurant interested in participating in WaterFire Day? Learn more!

Event Times

(Wednesday) 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.


WaterFire Providence

WaterFire Providence® is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to inspire Providence and its visitors by revitalizing the urban experience, fostering community engagement and creatively transforming the city by presenting WaterFire for all to enjoy.
475 Valley Street, Providence, RI 02908

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