Parties offer prime views of 2017 Western & Southern / WEBN Fireworks

If you don’t want to join the crowd at Riverfest, there will be plenty of watch parties for the Western & Southern / WEBN Fireworks on Sunday.

Here are the biggest events on our radar. (And make sure to also check out WCPO contributor Julie Niesen’s top picks for places to eat before the fireworks -- several restaurants are having watch parties, too.)

Newport Central Catholic High School’s Family Fireworks Fest: Starts at 5 p.m. Sunday. Newport Central Catholic High School, 13 Carothers Road, Newport. $5 admission; ages 6 and under free. ncchs.com

Rockin on the River: Starts at 9 p.m. Sunday. The New Machine, Infinity Spree, Boxhead Monkey, Dr. J & the Apostles and Real Talk. The Thompson House, 24 E. Third St., Newport. $10. http://thompsonhousenewport.com

Mount Adams Pavilion: Starts at 5 p.m. Sunday. DJs Fuseamania and Flyboy, live music by Marsha Brady, food and drinks. 949 Pavilion St., Mount Adams. General admission on all three decks; for tickets and VIP tables, call 513-744-9200. http://mountadamspavilion.com

Celebrations Riverboats’ Riverfest party: Boards 4:30-5:15 p.m. Sunday, returns at 11 p.m. 848 Elm St., Ludlow, Kentucky. Hor d'oeuvres, buffet dinner, open bars and DJ. $185 plus 6 percent sales tax. celebrationriverboats.com

Cincinnati Railway Co.: Cincinnati Dinner Train’s Fireworks Train departs 6 p.m. Sunday from Green Sales Co. Coach car, $60; dining car, $115. www.cincinnatirailway.com/dinnertrain/reservations

Queen City Riverboats: Boarding begins at 5 p.m. Sunday; boat departs at 6 p.m. 100 O'Fallon Ave., Dayton, Kentucky. Dinner includes chicken Marsala, roast beef, salad and a cash bar. Dinner cruise: $120. 859-292-8687.

Riverfest West: The Cincinnati Dancing Pigs and Gen X will perform at Mount Echo Park; 2-10 p.m. Sunday; 381 Elberon Drive, East Price Hills. Free.

RiverBlast 2017: Party starts at 5 p.m. inside the Great American Ball Park Champion Club. 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown. Behind-the-scenes ballpark tours, dinner and private reserved seating for the fireworks. Individual tickets $200; Table of 8: $1,500. gateway.kctcs.edu/giving/Riverblast2017

Axis Alley Fireworks Party: The party starts at 5 p.m.; Axis Alley is hosing the party inside the old Jefferson Hall at Newport on the Levee. Short Fuse, Braxton Brewing's official WEBN beer beer, along with other drinks will be served. $25-$150.  

Fireworks party at Fire: Fire at RiverCenter in Covington will server $5 cans of Braxton's Short Fuse during its fireworks watch party from 4-11 p.m. Sunday. Fire at RiverCenter, 50 E. Rivercenter Blvd., Covington.

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