WaterFire celebrates Providence PD’s 150th anniversary

Providence is gearing up to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Providence Police Department this Saturday, August 9 at WaterFire.

Sponsored by National Grid, this week’s WaterFire event promises to be a huge celebration. Just after sunset at approximately 7:55 p.m. over 80 braziers will be lit from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park. Continuing until just after midnight the flames will be the backdrop to all the evenings events.

Bronwyn Dannenfelser, the Director of Resource Development for WaterFire, Tim Horan from National Grid, and Chief of Providence Police Col. Hugh Clements joined The Rhode Show on Friday to discuss all of the events that will take place.

The special events include:

  • 11:00 a.m. Benefit Street: A Mile of History walking tour with the Rhode Island Historical Society. Beginning at John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street. Tickets for adults: $15, seniors: $12, RIHS members and students: $10, children under 8 are free. For more information and to make a reservation contact Barbara Barnes at 401-273-7507 x362 or bbarnes@rihs.org.
  • 5:30-11:30 p.m. The WaterFire Store will be open on Canal Street.
  • 6:00-10:30 p.m. WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza on Washington Street.
  • 6:30-11:30 p.m. Join National Grid on the Washington Street Bridge for several various energy demonstrations. Smartphone charging stations will be made available on Washington Street and Canal Street so you don’t miss any of the action!
  • 7:00-11:00 p.m. Swing Night at the WaterFire Providence Ballroom for the first time since 2012. From 7:00-8:00 p.m. get dance lessons with Providence Swings and DJ Shawn McAedle. From 8:00-9:10 p.m. and 10:15-11:20 p.m. Roger Ceresi’s All Starz! At 9:20p.m. The Providence Police will arrive to kick off a birthday celebration like no other! From 9:30-10:10 p.m. and 11:30-12:00 p.m. Tony Cerbo is a local Rhode Islander and nationally recognized crooner. Be sure to be on the dance floor as this local legend brings the Rat Pack back to life.
  • 7:00-11:00 p.m. The Ignite Music Stage on Steeple Street. Presented by Geico Local Office and Fat Belly’s pub will feature Jesus Andujar & Grupo Sazon.
  • Sunset- 10:30 p.m. Fire dancers, Spogga Hash and Benjamin Reynolds perform along the riverside.

Throughout the night, guests are invited to take a bike taxi tour of all of the events with Eco Pedicab. There will be pick up stations on the Washington Street bridge.

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