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JUNE 26-JULY 5: BRISTOL, 225th Fourth of July Celebration. The nation’s oldest continual Independence Day celebration kicks off with a Rockwell Amusements Carnival on the town common, fireworks the night of the 4th, and a huge parade on the 5th, plus a drum-and-bugle corp competition, jazz and Army Band concerts, picnics, pageants, and more. july4thbristolri.com

JULY 10: LITTLE COMPTON, Little Compton Church Fair and Road Race. The Congregational Church hosts 50 craft vendors, local fare (including lobster rolls), a climbing wall, silent auction, live music, raffles, a kids’ race, and a 4.8-mile road race with prizes. 401-635-8472; ucclcri.org

JULY 10-11: WICKFORD VILLAGE, Wickford Art Festival. Sponsored by the Wickford Art Association, this townwide event attracts 250 juried artists from across the country. 401-294-6840; wickfordart.org

JULY 14: PORTSMOUTH, Green Animals Children’s Party. Spend a perfect summer afternoon at Green Animals Topiary Garden, home to more than 80 animal- and geometrically shaped topiaries. Plus circus acts, music, magic, clowns, puppets, pony rides, refreshments, and views overlooking Narragansett Bay. 401-847-1000; NewportMansions.org

JULY 17-18, AUG. 21-22: TIVERTON, LITTLE COMPTON, South Coast Artists Open Studio Tour. Meet crafters in two Rhode Island towns and in Dartmouth and Westport, Massachusetts; painting, ceramics, photography, woodworking, sculpture, weaving, and more. 401-635-3999; SouthCoastArtists.org

JULY 24-25: USQUEPAUGH, Kenyon’s Grist Mill Summer Festival. Take a free tour of the mill and see the grinding process; enjoy free kayaking on the Queen’s River; sample local food and johnnycakes; and meet local artisans and farmers. 800-753-6966, 401-783-4054; kenyonsgristmill.com

AUG. 1: BRISTOL, Summertime Jazz at Cove Cabin. Spectacular views overlooking Mount Hope and Narragansett bays, a steak and lobster feast, and the smooth sound of jazz make for a relaxing summer afternoon at Mount Hope Farm. Reservations required. 401-254-1745; MountHopeFarm.com

AUG. 2-5: NEWPORT, BridgeFest. Venues across Newport County host live evening performances between the Folk and Jazz Festival weekends. 401-849-8048; newportarts.org

AUG. 14: PROVIDENCE, Family Snore and Roar: Most Extreme at RWP Zoo. This family-oriented overnight at Roger Williams Park Zoo includes dinner, a night hike, activities, a program of animal encounters, and a light breakfast. 401-785-3510; rwpzoo.org

Please Note: This article was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

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