Updated: Mar 22, 2020
One of our neighbors had recommended us checking out the River Lighting Ceremony in Providence, RI if we could. These only happen on dedicated sequences throughout the year, and we were on our way back from Maine, the timing lined up, so we made a detour to Providence, to view the River Lighting Ceremony. We arrived downtown at Union Station Providence, Near Brown University around 3pm. We parked our Class B RV in a parking lot right on the river next to Bar Louies. If you have lunch or dinner at one of the surrounding restaurants parking is only $10.00 for the day. We got there, took a nap, then decided to eat dinner at the Luxe Burger Bar. We had the best burger we have had, and it was comprised of two grilled cheese sandwiches with a burger patty in between the two grilled Cheeses. We shared and were stuffed! After dinner we walked down the river walkway to view the infrastructure for the nights event. It was a beautiful walk with lots of diverse options for food, drinks, museums etc. As darkness began to set in, we made our way back towards the area we parked near the river. The Ceremony began with about 20 minutes of Music and finally the show began and people started to walk down the bleachers, and then the boats did their pre-lighting show, then began to light the wood. Once the wood was lit, the music changed from ceremonial to a relaxing type rhythm, with people throwing lighted balls into the river (Purchased lighted balls to throw for charity), which was a great scene, pictures would not do it justice, you would just have to be there. Overall this ceremony was well worth our detour.