If you'd like to get a jump on celebrating Independence Day, visit Pawtuxet Village on the Warwick/Cranston line, between May 18 and June 9. Since 1965, this Colonial-era neighborhood, now a trendy destination for restaurants and shops, has hosted Gaspee Days, a two-week commemoration of the burning in the cove of the British schooner HMS Gaspee by patriotic Rhode Islanders. Gaspee Days features numerous events, including an arts and crafts festival, a Colonial encampment, concerts, fireworks and an iconic Colonial-themed parade.

With more than 10 events, there's plenty of fun for all to enjoy. Here are six don't-miss events:

Arts & Crafts Festival
Saturday, May 25–Monday, May 27
Arts & Crafts Festival Gaspee Days

Located on Narragansett Parkway in Warwick, the Arts & Crafts Festival offers outdoor shopping, eating and music. The event is a free, fun and family-friendly experience that showcases more than 100 fine artisans, community groups and nonprofits. You'll find one-of-a-kind arts and delicious craft fair eats. Over the course of three days, Pawtuxet Park is filled with live music and amusements. More info >

Gaspee Days Block Party
Saturday, May 25
Gaspee Days Block Party at night

Don't miss a night of drinks, music and neighborhood fun. Admission is only $5 per person. This event is limited to individuals 21 years of age and older. IDs will be checked at the gate and police will be in attendance. Admission and drink tickets may be purchased with cash only, so come prepared. Coolers, pets and children are prohibited at this event. The rain date is Sunday, May 26, at the same time. More info >

Fireworks Extravaganza
Saturday, June 1
Gaspee Days Fireworks show

Enjoy a dazzling fireworks display sponsored by the City of Warwick Department of Tourism, Culture & Development. This display is set above the scenic horizon of Narragansett Bay, just off the coast of Salter's Grove in Warwick. The show is about 30 minutes. Several food and novelty vendors will be traversing the area for your entertainment as well. More info >

Blessing of the Fleet
Sunday, June 2
Blessing of the Fleet in Providence, RI

Have your boat blessed and be a participant in the Gaspee Days Parade of Boats. Even if you don’t have a boat, all are welcome to come watch the event from the Rhode Island Yacht Club (RIYC) lawn. All of RIYC's facilities will be open and available, including a pub and kitchen. More info >

Gaspee Days Parade
Saturday, June 8
Gaspee Days Parade

For more than 50 years, the Gaspee Days Parade has combined elements of the past with the vibrant community of the present. Each year, folks crowd along a two-mile stretch of Narragansett Parkway anxiously awaiting the march of the parade, which includes a fife and drums corps, fire trucks, the Shriners and more. More info >

Burning of the Gaspee
Sunday, June 9
Burning of the Gaspee

Don't miss the Gaspee Days finale — a reenactment of the event that started it all — with a symbolic burning of the ship that sparked the American Revolution. This is a must see! More info >