Sponsored by CVS Health Charity Classic
June 18th, 2016 Event Info:
Sunset: 8:24 p.m.
Lighting time: 8:44 p.m.
The fires will remain lit until 12:30 a.m.
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Important Traffic, Parking, and Safety Guidelines | Planning for an Enjoyable and Safe WaterFire Experience
Please be aware that the weekend of June 18th is also the weekend of Rhode Island Pride Fest, which will be located on South Water Street but also includes a parade at sunset and many block parties throughout the city. For more details about Pride Fest please follow this link. Keep in mind that there will be additional street closings, South Water Street in particular, and parking will be more challenging due to these events occurring simultaneously. Please plan accordingly if you would like to see the lighting ceremony in the basin.
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All Full WaterFire installations light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park on the below scheduled evenings. Lighting occurs shortly after sunset and the event continues until half past midnight.
Things to see:
CVS Health presents: Helping People on Their Path to Better Health
Market Square from 6:30 – 11:00 p.m.
CVS Health Charity Classic will present a Path to Better Health interactive display in Market Square, next to the RISD Auditorium, featuring participating sponsors KIND Snacks and Minute Clinic, who will provide informational materials and promotional giveaways. The Boys and Girls Club of Woonsocket will have Jumbo Version Games of family favorites for everybody to enjoy and play.
Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Marching Band Performance in Union Plaza
The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Marching Band will make an appearance and perform at Union Plaza following the PRIDE parade at approximately 10:45 p.m.
Remembering General Rochambeau’s departure from Providence to win the Battle of Yorktown
At 9:00 p.m. a wreath laying ceremony in dedication to French and American Soldiers will take place in Memorial Park in honor of General Rochambeau’s departure from Providence to win the Battle of Yorktown 235 years ago today on June 18, 1781. Rochambeau and his troops had trained and billeted in Rhode Island since their arrival in Newport in July 1780. The training in RI allowed the French and American troops under the leadership of General Rochambeau to defeat the British and win the American Revolution to found the United States. A Parade March with fifers and drummers and the French HUSSAR group will be performing in Memorial Park from8:15 p.m. on.
Memorial Ceremony for the Victims of the Orlando Shooting
Join us on the Confluence (on the River at Steeple Street), we would like for you to share your thoughts, prayers, dedications, and condolences for the victims and families of the recent tragedy in Orlando, Florida. Torch lighting ceremonies will be held at 9:45 and 11:00 p.m.
Charge up the night with National Grid!
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Make sure you can capture the magic of WaterFire all evening long by visiting National Grid charging stations on Washington Street and College Street to recharge your smartphone and other mobile devices during the lighting.
The WaterFire Merchandise Store on Canal Street – Open 5:30 – 11:00 p.m.
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The WaterFire Store on Canal Street is open for business. Stop in and buy a t-shirt, hoodie, poster, magnet, pendants and much more to help support WaterFire and keep the fires burning. Also make sure to check out the Photos of WaterFire tent on Washington Street. This tent will have matted photo prints, featuring the work of our Volunteer Photographers; WaterFire Providence postcards; large format photo posters; and silk screen prints by local artists.
The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza
Washington Street – 6:00 – 10:30 p.m.
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Located on Washington Street in the heart of the WaterFire installation, the Arts Festival Plaza is a showcase for local artists and craftspeople. From photography and sculpture, paintings and hand-crafted ceramics, to jewelry and specialty textiles, the WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza features a wide range of locally crafted artisan wares to exhibit for sale to WaterFire’s visitors.
Grab a bite to eat! Visit one of our great food vendors:
Canal Walk, near the RISD Campus
The Nutty Bavarian
Fat Belly’s Irish Pub and Grille
Gerbermuhle: Biergarten Unter den Weiden – Beer Garden Under the Willows
Waterplace Basin 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Gerbermuhle: Biergarten Unter den Weiden in partnership with Trinity Brewhouse and featuring drinks from Little Bitte Artisanal Cocktails. The new beer garden with German beer and food focusing on Frankfurt specialties is located just upstream of Waterplace Basin in the heart of the downtown river park, under the willow trees at the foot of the IGT building. Forty five tables, specially made by WaterFire will mount on the river railing overlooking the double row of bonfires for your dining pleasure.
Catch your favorite WaterFire performers:
Fire spinners Julia Jerome and Benjamin Reynolds will dazzle you with their breathtaking performances throughout the night.
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Visit the living statues in Memorial Park at the World War I monument. Ten31 Productions returns with their interactive living statues and gargoyles in Memorial Park shortly after lighting.
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Origami Master Andrew Anselmo – 7:00 – 10:30 p.m. in Market Square. A delight for young and old alike. See Andrew make paper come alive in Market Square, outside of the RISD auditorium.
Make time to see The Governor Stephen Hopkins House located at 15 Hopkins Street (off Benefit Street) and open for tours between 10:00 a.m. to 10:0 p.m., the last tour begins at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free, donations are always welcome.
The Rhode Island Historical Society presents a special Gaspee Affair themed walking tour. The focus of this walking tour is the Gaspee affair of 1772 and the early American Revolution. It lasts for an hour, ending at the riverfront before the beginning of WaterFire. Tours depart from the John Brown House Museum located at 52 Power Street at 5:30 pm. Tickets are $10 each. For more information or to make reservations, please contact Jenn Wilson at 401-273-7507 x360 or email@example.com.
About the author
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.