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
Fireworks Party featuring Grave friends: Starts at 7 p.m. Sunday. Grave Friends, Odium, Altar of Lilith, the Human Tragedy, I Hate Heroes and Vain Interior. The Thompson House, 24 E. Third St., Newport. All ages. $10. http://thompsonhousenewport.com
Mount Adams Pavilion: Starts at 5 p.m. Sunday. DJs Fuseamania and Cherry on Top, food and drinks. 949 Pavilion St., Mount Adams. $10 General admission on first and second decks; $20 for penthouse and third deck. For tickets and more information, call 513-744-9200. http://mountadamspavilion.com
Fireworks Extravaganza: Starts at noon Sunday. Newport Beach Patio Bar, 120 E. Third St., Newport. Live music by Comfortably Broke from 2-5 p.m., the Tyler Moore Band from 5-9 p.m. and more music by DJ Vue & Storm after the fireworks. Free admission.
Queen City Riverboats: Boarding begins at 5 p.m. Sunday; boat departs at 6 p.m. 100 O'Fallon Ave., Dayton, Kentucky. Dinner cruise includes panko crusted chicken, roast beef, roasted red-skin potatoes, vegetable medley, roll, cheesecake, salad and a cash bar. Party cruise includes prime fireworks viewing area and a full cash bar and snacks. Dinner cruise: $120; Party cruise: $65. 859-292-8687.
Boom on the Bridge: Begins at 6 p.m. Sunday; Purple People Bridge, 1 Levee Way, Newport. Tickets to the event give you a birdseye view of the WEBN fireworks from the bridge, along with beer, wine, soft drinks, water, unlimited grill-out food, live music and free parking. Admission gets you two alcoholic beverage drink tickets per person. Tickets are $100 per person; $50 for children ages 3-12; children under 3 are free. purplepeoplebridge.com
RiverBlast 2018: 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/Riverblast2018
Axis Alley Fireworks Party: The party starts at 5 p.m.; Axis Alley is hosting the party inside the old Jefferson Hall at Newport on the Levee. Tickets include three drink tickets per person and up-close table for optimal fireworks viewing. $50 per person; $90 per couple; $180 table for four. axisalleylevee.com