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Riverfest is back in action this year with one of the biggest firework shows in the country

Nearly half a million people are expected to gather for the festivities
Riverfest, WEBN fireworks bring thousands to banks of Ohio River on Labor Day weekend
Posted at 7:04 AM, Sep 03, 2023

NEWPORT, Ky. — One of the biggest festivals is back with a pop, crackle and bang. Nearly half a million people are expected to attend Riverfest this year.

Riverfest was born in the late 1970s. The celebration has grown into an all-day event including vendors, restaurants, various activities for the entire family and, of course, the fireworks.

Cincinnati's Riverfest celebration includes food vendors, music and more at Sawyer Point and Yeatman's Cove.

What is there to do at Newport's Riverfest on the Levee?

  • The Gallery — glitter tattoos, Queen City Cotton Candy, and build firework-themed Lego creations with The Brickery Café
  • The Lawn — giveaways and photo opportunities
  • The Plaza — dancing, live music and live painting

When will everything begin?
Riverfest on the Ohio side of the river starts at noon. Over on the Kentucky side, Riverfest on the Levee starts at 3 p.m. Parking for Riverfest on the Levee opens at noon. The must-see fireworks start at 9 p.m.

At what time will the bridges close?

  • The Roebling Suspension Bridge will close at 6 p.m. to both vehicles and pedestrians
  • The Clay Wade Bailey Bridge will close to vehicles at 6 p.m. and pedestrians at 8 p.m. 
  • The Fourth Street Bridge in Newport will close at 8 p.m.

Boats will also be prohibited on the Ohio River from 7-10 p.m. while the fireworks show is set up and deployed. A no wake zone is also being set up from the area of the Riverside Park Boat Ramp to the Four Seasons Marina from noon Sunday to 3 a.m. Monday morning.
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