PBIT Updates for a Safe & Happy 4th of July!

As always, we recommend making all vehicle and passenger reservations in advance. There is very limited vehicle space remaining for the days surrounding July 4th. Though we are open to full passenger capacity, we expect these days to be very busy and passenger space may fill.

Please see the updates to our schedule for the days surrounding July 4th.

The Fourth of July (Sunday 7/4) will run a special schedule.

Monday, July 5th and Saturday, July 3rd will be regular schedule days.

Extra Runs have been added:

Friday, July 2nd: departing BR 11:30 AM, departing PI 12:30 PM

Tuesday, July 6th: departing PI 9:45 AM, departing BR 10:30 AM

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Bristol Fourth of July Celebration

The Bristol Fourth of July Parade will take place on Monday, July 5th.

Road closures in Bristol begin at 7 AM, with Rt. 114 closing at 8 AM. Anyone needing to enter or leave the Bristol downtown area, including getting to or from the ferry terminal, should plan on doing so prior to road closures.

Parking in Bristol is also more limited on the day of the parade, with increased parking bans in effect. For questions about parking in the ferry parking lot or surrounding parking lots, please contact the Harbor Masters Office at 401-253-1700.

For those wishing to attend the parade, it kicks off at 10:30 AM and is within walking distance from the ferry terminal!

Click below to visit the parade website for more information.

Visit the Parade Website

Traffic Pattern at Ferry Terminals

In order to keep traffic moving and people safe in the ferry parking lots, please pay attention to posted directional signs.

In the Bristol Ferry lot, please form two vehicle lines when waiting to board the ferry. There are two marked lanes to the right of the lot when facing the ferry. It is not acceptable for vehicles to extend onto Thames Street and block traffic.

When pulling off the ferry into the Prudence Ferry lot, all traffic must continue straight onto Narrgansett Ave. There are no left turns into the parking lot when coming off the ferry.

COVID-19 Policy Updates

Per the latest CDC and RI Department of Health guidance, masks are no longer necessary for passengers in outdoor spaces; this includes the outdoor areas on the ferry and at ferry terminals.

Masks continue to be required for all passengers in indoor ferry cabins.

We thank everyone for their cooperation with this guidance and for helping to keep our crew, staff, and passengers safe.

From Officer Tavernier:

Please remember to obey the posted speed limits when driving on the Prudence Island roadways and that riding in the back of pickup trucks is not permitted on Prudence Island.

Additionally, please note that there is no overnight camping permitted on public or state property on Prudence Island.

Have a great Fourth of July!

-The PBIT office staff and crew


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