Welcome! The day of portugal
has celebrated the portuguese heritage in rhode island since 1978.
The "Day of Portugal" is a holiday celebrated every year on June 10th

in every corner of the Portuguese-speaking world. Officially known as "Dia de Portugal, de Camões e das Comunidades Portuguesas" (Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese Communities), June 10th commemorates the death of the revered Portuguese poet, Luís Vaz de Camões in 1580. Camões is best known for his epic poem, Os Lusíadas, which is a tribute to the golden age of Portugal’s maritime exploration and discoveries.


Os Lusíadas

“Let Fame with wonder name the Greek  no more,
What lands he saw, what toils at sea he bore;”
“Nor more the Trojan’s wand’ring  voyage boast,
What storms he brav’d on many a perilous coast:”
“No more let Rome exult in Trajan’s name,
Nor Eastern conquests Ammon’s  pride proclaim;”

“A nobler hero’s deeds demand my lays
Than e’er adorn’d the song of ancient days,”

“Illustrious GAMA,  whom the waves obey’d,
And whose dread sword the fate of empire sway’d.”

Luís Vaz de Camões more

2016 president

Luis Lourenço

A message from the president


our mission

The purpose of the organization, Day of Portugal and Portuguese  Heritage in Rhode Island, Inc. is:

1) to celebrate the holiday, Dia de Portugal, de Camões e das Comunidades Portuguesas
(Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese Communities), in the State of Rhode Island;

2) to preserve the traditions of the Portuguese culture for future generations;

3) to promote the contribution of the Portuguese people,  language and culture to the rich fabric of the State of Rhode Island.




Many thanks to everyone who made the 2016 Day of Portugal celebrations such a success!
To the 2016 Committee, the Board of Directors, the many volunteers, the clubs and organizations and our generous sponsors and donors, I thank you most sincerely for coming together in this great spirit of community and "Portugalidade".

Viva Portugal!

Luis Lourenço,


Call for 2017 President Applications

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Call for 2016 scholarship applications Four merit-based scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded to students of Portuguese ancestry who attend accredited colleges, community colleges or technical schools.

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Grand Marshal

João Luis Morgado Pachedo



The Day of Portugal Committee gratefully acknowledges the generous support of its donors and sponsors.  Muito Obrigado!

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