Ring in the new year at events around Southern New England

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Another year will soon be in the books and you may be looking for a way to end it on a high note.

A number of local cities and towns will be holding events this weekend to celebrate the arrival of 2017.

This list will be updated as we learn about more events. Keep checking back.


The 2nd Annual One Providence New Year’s Eve Ball will be held on Saturday, Dec. 31, from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. at the Rhode Island Convention Center. The event features performances by Steve Anthony and Persuasion Band, DeeJ Tommy Dee, and other special guests.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased via Ticketmaster.


The Annual Polar Bear Plunge will be held at noon on Sunday, Jan. 1. Hundreds of people will be taking a dip at Easton’s Beach to benefit A Wish Come True.


Special Olympics Rhode Island is hosting the 41st Annual Penguin Plunge at Roger Wheeler State Beach on Sunday, Jan. 1st at noon. Registration begins at 10 a.m.


The Pit Bull Plunge in Warwick helps raise awareness and money for shelter dogs in the area. This plunge takes place at Warwick City Park beach area at 10 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 1st.


The WARM Center is challenging people to pledge or take the plunge. WARM is a shelter service that serves South County RI and southeastern CT. The penguin plunge is Sunday, Jan. 1st at noon sharp at the Andrea on Misquamicut Beach

Fall River:

A New Year’s Eve fireworks display will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, at Lower Kennedy Park, also known as “the overlook”.

If it rains, the event will be held the following night, Jan. 1, at 7 p.m.

New Bedford:

A New Year’s Eve celebration in New Bedford will feature fireworks at 8:30 p.m. Saturday on the waterfront by State Pier.

In addition, the event will feature live music, ice sculptures, face painting, and street performers around the city. Click here for a full schedule of performances »


The Fort Phoenix Polar Plunge kicks off at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1st. A $25 donation gets participants and spectators a t-shirt. Money raised goes to the Fairhaven Dollars for Scholars.