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Only in Rhode Island would a body of water get its own day.

But what a day it is. Governor Lincoln D. Chafee has announced all the fun and festivities coming up this weekend for Rhode Island's annual Governor’s Bay Day celebration to take place Sunday, July 31, 2011 at locations around the state. All events are free and designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages; transportation to South County beaches will be provided at no cost by the RIPTA Beach Bus Express, and parking at all State Beaches will be free.

“As Rhode Islanders, we are fortunate to live among the natural beauty of our state’s beaches and parks,” Governor Chafee said. “Bay Day is a terrific opportunity to get out and spend time with family and friends in some of these unique and special settings. Whether you head inland to a quiet woodland park, or down to the ocean for swimming or boating, there will be plenty of enjoyable activities for all Rhode Islanders.”

Highlights of Bay Day festivities include complimentary sailing trips at India Point Park, courtesy of the Community Boating Center; the RI Great Outdoor Pursuit sponsored by the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) at Colt State Park; neighborhood barbeques and cookouts; a bike safety program hosted by the Department of Transportation (DOT) at Scarborough Beach; a kite flying demonstration at Breton Point; and a sand sculpture contest at Roger Wheeler Beach.

Bay Day Schedule of Events

India Point Park, Providence

11-12:30: Radio Disney/The Radio Disney Road Crew will be on-site with tons of music, games, and prizes for everyone! Please be sure to stop by and join the fun all brought to you by our friends at WIC Rhode Island!

11-4: Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island/Member eligibility, resources, coloring books, and giveaways, Dr. Care Bear will be on-site!

11-4: Capital Youth Soccer/Soccer clinic for kids

11-4: Rhode Island Pirate Players/Educational Presentations and Living History Events. The Rhode Island Pirate Players is a new, up-and-coming living history society in New England. If you have never seen a re-enactment society before you might be wary of a bunch of eccentrics that wear funny clothes and pretend to live in the past. However, if you have a special interest in pirates and historic life at sea that makes others’ eyes glaze over then you’ll love them!

12-2: Complimentary Neighborhood Barbeque provided by Sodexo/First come, first serve basis

1-3: Community Boating Center/ Free boat rides

1-4: Poder 1110/Live music, prizes, and entertainment

1-4: Carlos DeLeon, Latin Jazz concert
Pawtuxet Rangers will be making an appearance


Community Boating Center (CBC) is a non-profit, 501c3 recreational organization offering all members of the community an opportunity to sail. Located in India Point Park, CBC provides outreach, sailing lessons and affordable access to the Providence waterfront. Gifts of cash or property to CBC may be treated as charitable donations for Federal Tax purposes.

For additional information contact:

John O'Flaherty
Executive Director
Community Boating Center
tel: 401.454.SAIL (7245)