Kristin Lessard & Steve Kelly

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WaterFire Providence Announces the 2023 Season

Yesterday was the first ever WaterFire Day at Memorial Park in Providence and WaterFire Providence announced the 2023 WaterFire season! This year it will include seven (7) full lightings and five (5) partial lightings.  

The 2023 season started with a pre-season lighting on April 1, 2023, sponsored by the United Way of Rhode Island. 

Barnaby Evans, who is the creator and artistic director of WaterFire said, “All of us are looking forward to welcoming the entire community back to the river as well as greeting the many thousands of new visitors who will come to Rhode Island to see WaterFire for their first time this season.” 

Some of the popular WaterFire events including The Clear Currents Community Paddling Night and the The Gloria Gemma Foundation’s Flames of Hope Celebration will be back this August and September. And WaterFire will team up with PVDFest, in downtown Providence, and there will be a full lighting on the evening of September 9th. 

And the 2023 Season will wrap up with WaterFire's Salute to Veterans on November 4th with a full lighting.  Check out the full schedule below!

2023 WaterFire Lighting Schedule 

Saturday, June 3 

Supported by Rhode Island School of Design 

Full Lighting 

Sunset ( 8:15 pm ) – Midnight 

Sunday, June 18 

Supported by The 28th North American Catalysis Society Meeting 

Partial Lighting, Waterplace Basin 

Sunset ( 8:23 pm ) – Midnight 

Saturday, June 24 

Supported by Textron Charitable Trust 

Full Lighting 

Sunset ( 8:24 pm ) – Midnight 

Friday, July 14 

Supported by Check the Stigma Hockey Classic to benefit Horizon Healthcare Partners 

Partial Lighting, Waterplace Basin 

Sunset ( 8:19 pm ) – Midnight 

Saturday, July 22 

Supported by Amica Insurance & Bank of America 

Full Lighting 

Sunset ( 8:13 pm ) – Midnight 

Saturday, August 19 

Supported by Cox Business & Cox Media 

Clear Currents Fire Community Paddling Night 

Full Lighting 

Sunset ( 7:40 pm ) – Midnight 

Saturday, September 2 

Labor Day Weekend 

Partial Lighting 

Sunset ( 7:17 pm ) – Midnight 

Saturday, September 9 

Supported by Providence Tourism Council & Fidelity Investments 

Full Lighting, PVDFest 

Sunset ( 7:05 pm ) – Midnight 

Saturday, September 30 

Supported by Rhode Island Department of Education, XQ Institute, Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation 

Full Lighting 

Sunset ( 6:29 pm ) – 11:00 pm  

Saturday, November 4 

WaterFire’s Salute to Veterans 

Full Lighting 

Sunset ( 5:36 pm ) – 10:00 pm 

Source: WaterFire Providence

Photo: Kristin Lessard

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