the early twentieth century, Sunday had become the working-class
holiday. Many working-class families spent their Sundays at
public parks, amusement parks, or public beaches. Others took
short trips to destinations farther afield.
visitors came to Newport to go to the public beach, to sightsee,
and to enjoy their time off from work. According to an 1894
article in Scribner's:
"These new elements 'have a good time,' in our American
idiom, and certainly no place in our democratic country,
not even Newport, can consistently elevate any ideal above
that of providing people in general with a good time..."
at Freebody Park
origins were saloon-hall variety shows. A typical program included
skits, comedians, and dancing acts.
Newport's Freebody Park was the center for vaudeville entertainment.
An open-air theatre was constructed there in 1902 for vaudeville
shows and motion pictures. In the summer of 1913, Associated
Amusements brought headliners from New York City to Newport.
the early twentieth century, resorts advertised new forms
of commercial leisure to attract both middle-class and working-class
York's Coney Island offered amusement parks catering to both
middle-class and working-class patrons. Newport offered some
mechanized leisure of its own on a smaller scale.
1913 the Newport Beach Association had made improvements to
Easton's Beach to attract more patrons. A boardwalk was added
that extended to Middletown. A four-car roller coaster appeared, as well as a merry-go-round, an arcade, and a shooting
gallery. Restaurants, concession stands, a convention hall,
and a ballroom were other attractions. 
Concerts, moving pictures, vaudeville, and fireworks were
common summer entertainments. These were just the sorts of
"cheap amusements" working-class Americans enjoyed in other
guidebooks for 1909, 1911, and 1913 proudly advertised the
new recreational opportunities at Easton's Beach.  Interestingly,
Newporters rejected construction of a hotel on Easton's Beach
because they did not want Newport to become "another Coney