300th Anniversary Committee & Event Information

South Kingstown's Historical Timeline

created by Jessica Wilson, M.L.I.S, Local History and Reference Librarian at the Peace Dale branch of the South Kingstown Public Library

Volunteers Needed! 

Please click on the link to volunteer your time.  A member of the committee will follow up with you.

Parade Save the Date

Parade Route - click to show detail

Revised Parade Route 2023
Register for the Memorial Day Reception
Sponsored by the SK Elks Lodge

Food & Beverage Vendor Application

Register now for 300th Anniversary Events

300th Poster Memorial Day

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

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300th Parade Flyer

Event Information

Master Yearlong 300th Events Flyer

Credit photo: Friends of the Saugatucket

February 2023 BonFire

Speaker Series Lineup

2023 SK 300th Speaker Series Flyer
300th Parade Flyer
Ostara photo
K-12 Art Exhibit Flyer
4th of July flyer
300th Movies on the Village Green Flyer
Medal of Honor Banner
Medal of Honor
300th Medal of Honor Banner
Medal of Honor Ceremony Picture
Medal of Honor Ceremony Picture
Medal of Honor Ceremony Picture
Kiosk with flyers
300th Sign Lighting
Class with Letters
Tree Lighting Sign Daylight
Wooden Planter Box
Tree Lighting crowd
Class with Planter Box
BankRI with SK300 box
300th Committee with merchandise
Incorporation Day Bonfire
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300th Sign Lighting
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Pre Parade Photo
Pre Parade Photo
Pre Parade Photo
300th Event Photo
300th Event Photo
300th Event Photo
Medal of Honor Ceremony Senator Reed
Medal of Honor Ceremony
Medal of Honor Ceremony Picture
Medal of Honor Ceremony Picture
Medal of Honor Ceremony Picture
Governor Medal of Honor Ceremony

Celebrations & Year-long Events

Date Time Event Location Sponsors
5/29/23 12pm Memorial Day Ceremony Reception Elks Lodge of Wakefield The Elks Lodge of Wakefield
6/8/23 7pm Speaker Series - Brian Wallin SKHS Auditorium Shaw's Market & Panera Bread
6/17/23 10am-12:30pm 300th Anniversary Parade Downtown Wakefield URI
6/17/23 1-4pm 300th Post Parade Picnic Saugatucket Park Advanced Auto Body
7/4/23 5-9:30pm 4th of July Fireworks Old Mountain Field South County Health
7/20/23 7pm Speaker Series - Judge Gil Indeglia Tavern Hall (The Elisha Reynolds House) Shaw's Market & Panera Bread
7/30, 8/6 & 8/13 6-10pm Music and Movies on the Village Green Neighborhood Guild Village Green Brightview Commons
8/6/23 7pm Speaker Series - Jessica Wilson Village Green Shaw's Market & Panera Bread
8/19/23 10am Tribute to Civil War Gen Isaac P. Rodman Soldiers & Sailors Monument, Riverside Cemetery Northups Service Center
9/7/23 7pm Speaker Series - Evan Wilson SKHS Auditorium Shaw's market & Panera Bread
9/9/23 1-7pm Wakefield Arts and Culture Festival Saugatucket Park The Rotary of Wakefield
9/9/23 6:30-10:30pm Anniversary Trifecta Saugatucket Park AllTown Gas Stations
Newport Renewables
Shaidzon Brewery

9/21/23 7pm Speaker Series - Stephen Long SKHS Auditorium Shaw's Market & Panera Bread
10/5/23 7pm Speaker Series - Joanne Pope Melish SKHS Auditorium Shaw's Market & Panera Bread
10/19/23 7pm Speaker Series - Kris Bovy, Cathy DeCesare & Rod Mather SKHS Auditorium Shaw's Market & Panera Bread
10/22/23 1-4pm Scarecrows for SK Saugatucket Park BankRI
10/28/23 3-9pm Harvest Moon Bonfire Town Beach DiStefano Brothers Construction
The Ryan Center
The Village of Matunuck
10/29/23 7pm Canochet - An opera on the Narragansett Sachem & the Great Swamp Massacre URI FIne Arts Concert Hall Dr. Geoffrey Gibbs & Dr. Richard Vangermeersch
11/2/23 7pm Speaker Series - Richard Vangermeersch, Ph.D. SKHS Auditorium Shaw's Market & Panera Bread
11/11/23 10am Veteran's Day Parade    
11/23/23   SK v NK Football Game URI Meade Field Rawlings Floor Coverings
12/1/23 TBD Peace Dale Rotary Tree Lighting Neighborhood Guild Prout School
TBD TBD SKHS Holiday Concert   Geaber Family
12/12/23 7pm Speaker Series - James Manni SKHS Auditorium Shaw's Market & Panera Bread

300th Anniversary merchandise is now available! Click here to see where you can purchase it.


300th Flyer Merchandise Opens in new window

Projects in the Works:

  • Banners and Lawn Signs
  • Commemorative Benches
  • Commemorative Magazine
  • Congressional Medal of Honor Bridge Namings
  • Fundraising
  • Garden Boxes
  • Kingston Railroad Signal Station Restoration
  • Media Plan
  • Narragansett Pier Railroad Brochure
  • Oral Histories / Videos
  • Public Art Installation at Neighborhood Guild
  • Narragansett Pier Railroad Bike Path Panels
  • RI PBS “SK Our Town” Segment to air Sept. 2023

SK’s Year-long Celebration includes the following collaboration: 

  • Town Council, Town Manager, and Town Departments and Commissions (Library, Police, Fire, Facilities, Public Works, Parks and Recreation, Finance, IT Services, Clerk)
  • South Kingstown School Committee and Schools - including the Peace Dale Elementary School Centennial
  • URI and the Ryan Center
  • Federal/State/Local Elected Officials
  • Elks Lodge of Wakefield
  • Rotary Club of Wakefield
  • SK Lions Club
  • GEAR Productions
  • Local Businesses and Organizations
  • Local Churches
  • Kingston Chamber Music Festival - 35th Anniversary
  • Kingston Troop 1 – Centennial 
  • Narragansett Indian Tribe
  • Peace Dale Museum of Art and Culture – 130th Anniversary
  • RI Suburban Newspapers
  • South County History Museum
  • SK Land Trust – 40th Anniversary
  • Tomaquag Museum

Mission Statement:

The South Kingstown Town Council established the 300th Anniversary Steering Committee to highlight the town's 300th (1723-2023) anniversary milestone.  The committee - which is composed of resident, business, and student representatives, as well as those from cultural, educational, faith-based, civic, military, and nonprofit organization will meet monthly, and as needed, beginning Fall 2021 through late Fall 2023 to plan, market, and implement multiple commemorative programs, projects, and events.  Through a year-long array of diverse programming, the committee will highlight the town's rich past and treasures; celebrate the achievements of its people; and create a legacy of memorable, perennial, philanthropic, and creative opportunities for engaging its residents and visitors. The aim of this year-long anniversary celebration is to build greater understanding and appreciation for what makes South Kingstown truly special.

Committee Members:

Ron Bergeron, Ken Burke, Jack Cadman, Margaret Carlson, John Desmond, Roland Fiore, Meag Foy-Anderson, Sharon Henderson, Aiden Hurley, Sean Johnson, Tim Klatt, Karmen Lambert, Beth Leconte, Hilly Munson, Terry Murphy, Aidan O'Sullivan, Ginny Paul, Mark Phillips, Sean Seigel, Brian Smith, Steve Stewart, Philip Telford, and Henry Thayer.

Vice Chair: Kate Sullivan
Chair:  Joanne Esposito 

Honorary Chairs: Native American Tribal Member, Sandra Pates, Bishop Wallace Hazard, Retired R.I. Supreme Court Justice, Gilbert V. Indeglia, and Military War Veteran, Joseph “Tiger” Patrick