Governor’s Bay Day

(7.30) The 34th annual Governor’s Bay Day takes place this Sunday, July 30th. What this means is free beach parking at all state beaches and free Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) beach bus service. But wait there’s more: The public is also invited to fish in Rhode Island saltwaters without a saltwater fishing license from Friday, July 28, through Sunday, July 30th.

Parking will be free at all eight state saltwater beaches:

  • Charlestown Breachway, Charlestown
  • East Beach, Charlestown
  • East Matunuck State Beach, South Kingstown
  • Misquamicut State Beach, Westerly
  • Roger W. Wheeler State Beach, Narragansett
  • Salty Brine State Beach, Narragansett
  • Scarborough State Beaches (North and South), Narragansett

As to the free parking, our advice is to get there early. But first check the DEM’s real-time status of parking lots page! This can save everyone a lot of frustration.

For more information go to RI State Beaches. Seen here is Roger Wheeler State Beach.

Why do we have a Bay Day?

It originated from a disaster – the 1989 grounding of the tanker World Prodigy about a mile from Brenton Point State Park in Newport. The collision caused around 300,000 gallons of oil to spill and wash ashore, devastating wildlife and marine ecosystems. Bay Day began that same year to showcase the beauty of Narragansett Bay and highlight the threats it faces.

And I believe it was Benoît Mandlebrot who first suggested that the length of a coastline is infinite, so there should be plenty of room for everybody — you, me, and all those coastal taxpayers.

Guv’s Bay Day, Sunday, July 30th

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