Office of the Mayor




Mayor Baldelli-Hunt Announces Colossal Independence Day Celebration

Featuring Live Bands, Food Trucks & Fireworks Display


WOONSOCKET, R.I.: Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt today announced plans for the City’s annual Independence Day Celebration to be held on Sunday, July 3, 2022, at World War II Veterans Memorial Park. This year’s celebration features live bands, food trucks and a spectacular fireworks display.

The festivities will kick off at 4:00 P.M. with live music by local favorites The Noyz, followed at 6:30 P.M. by Witzend, a popular, high-energy, top-rock cover band known throughout Rhode Island. The evening will culminate with a bang after the playing of the National Anthem at 9:00 P.M., with a dazzling, colorful, fireworks display lighting up the sky. The rain date for the event is July 5, 2022.

Mayor Baldelli-Hunt exclaimed "I want to invite the entire local community to join us to celebrate our Nation’s independence. Due to the pandemic, our Nation and community have gone through recent rough times, and this celebration will get family and friends together again in a beautiful outdoor setting to reflect upon our Nation’s freedom and to just have fun. The Mayor added "Please mark your calendar in advance, so you will not forget the date."

Food and Dessert Trucks will be available for residents and visitors to enjoy throughout the event. We encourage attendees to bring chairs and blankets and make a day of it.

A special "thank you" to our Public Works employees, Superintendent of Parks, Elizabeth Kerrigan, Director Linda Plays, Director Steven D’Agostino and Fire Chief Paul Shatraw.

Featured Food Trucks:

Bugg’d Out BBQ

Birds Nest




Renee’s Catering

Supa Dupa

The Ish

The Sausage Guy

Alien Ice Cream and Hot Dog Cart

Atomic Blonde Ice Cream

Black Dog Donuts

Juice Junkie

Nessa’s Snack Shop

In the event of inclement weather Woonsocket residents and visitors should tune to local radio stations WOON and WNRI to find out the status of the Independence Day Celebration. The city will also implement a weather-related postponement of the event through its "Code RED" communications alert system.



The man who died after trying to break into Cincinnati's FBI headquarters allegedly posted his intentions on his Truth Social account. Multiple outlets have identified the suspect as Ricky Shiffer, who allegedly pulled out an AR-15 style rifle before leading police on a chase that resulted in an hours-long standoff and ultimately led to his death. In recent days, an account appearing to belong to Shiffer posted that if no one hears from him it's because he tried attacking the FBI.        The House of Representatives is expected to pass the Senate-approved Inflation Reduction Act on Friday, sending the measure on to President Biden's desk. The bill is designed to fight climate change, extend health care coverage, and put hundreds of billions of dollars towards deficit reduction. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has described it as "life-changing legislation." House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has pointed out that the bill would also increase the number of IRS agents, tweeting earlier this week that they "will be coming for you."        The death toll from flooding in Kentucky is now up to 39. That's according to a tweet from Governor Andy Beshear. He called it "more tough news." The news came after it was revealed today the commonwealth is finally out of the "emergency phase" of its flooding response.        The CDC says there are still unanswered questions about how monkeypox spreads. The agency is looking into whether the virus can spread through someone who's not showing symptoms. The agency also says they need to research more into if the virus can spread through bodily fluids and how often cases are being transmitted through coughing or sneezing. Infectious disease experts are acknowledging monkeypox can spread through surfaces.       A federal judge in Michigan is declaring a mistrial in a case related to the Flint water crisis. The trial against two private engineering companies, alleging they played a role in the crisis, ended with a hung jury. The eight-member jury handed a note to the judge saying they couldn't deliver a verdict without the single holdout juror "having to surrender their honest convictions       HBO is setting the release date for its upcoming documentary about the U.S. exit from Afghanistan. "Escape From Kabul" will be released on September 21st. The documentary was filmed over a period of 18 days during the American military withdrawal from Kabul International Airport last year.