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This year due to tidal conditions inside the Providence hurricane barrier there will not by a WaterFire lighting corresponding with Gaspee Day. The Gaspee Days Parade will take place on Saturday, June 11th starting at 10:00 a.m. in Cranston, RI

Rhode Island History Resources

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Walking Tours

The RI Historical Society presents walking tours featuring the Gaspee and much more. 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 Also, check out the free Independence Trail, a 2.5 mile walking tour of four centuries of history presented via your mobile phone by dialing 401-441-6401. The trail is a loop marked by a green line on the sidewalk and you can start anywhere on the loop. Learn More

Open Historic Houses

John Brown, the Providence merchant who promoted the attack on the Gaspee, later built and resided in a magnificent 18th century mansion. The John Brown House Museum at 52 Power Street will be open from 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. with guided tours at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. Self-guided audio tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis. We will emphasize John Brown’s role as organizer of the Gaspee event and will make sure that everyone sees the painting in the museum that records the burning of the Gaspee.Learn More Also, make time to see The Governor Stephen Hopkins House located at 15 Hopkins Street (off Benefit Street) and open for tours between 1:00 and 9:30 p.m. Admission is free, donations are always welcome.Learn More