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WaterFire Providence

  • Waterplace Park
  • Providence, RI 02903
  • (401) 273-1155

Tens of thousands of people gather around the Woonasquatucket and Providence Rivers several times a year to witness the city’s signature attraction, WaterFire. This waterfront sculpture installation and performance art piece began with 11 braziers on New Year’s in 1994. Nearly 100 wood-burning fi res, music, and street performers lure visitors and residents alike to Waterplace Park and the Providence RiverWalk on WaterFire evenings. Former Mayor Buddy Cianci once said, “There is nothing like it anywhere in the world, even in Florence or Venice.”