Newport, Kentucky Won't Be Participating in This Year's Riverfest Labor Day Fireworks

Whether or not the Sept. 6 end-of-summer bash moves ahead, Newport says "the City has decided not to participate in Riverfest 2020 and will not issue any associated City permits or licenses"

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As of the start of July, no decision had yet been made to cancel this year's 44th annual Riverfest end-of-summer fireworks party.

The Labor Day weekend bash — slated to take place Sept. 6, 2020 — is one of Greater Cincinnati's biggest events of the year and typically draws hundreds of thousands of people to both sides of the river for a full-day party and nighttime pyrotechnic display coordinated to a Classic Rock soundtrack provided by WEBN.

But whether or not event sponsors Western & Southern and iHeartRadio are going to move forward with the event, at least one party has decided they won't be participating: the City of Newport.

In a Facebook post, the city said, "The COVID-19 Outbreak has caused a number of notable events in the City to be cancelled. Based on current restrictions and other logistical issues the City has decided not to participate in Riverfest 2020 and will not issue any associated City permits or licenses."

So if you're looking to catch some smoke on the water, you'll have to do it from another part of Northern Kentucky or the other side of the Ohio River.


The COVID-19 Outbreak has caused a number of notable events in the City to be cancelled. Based on current restrictions...

Posted by Newport, City of KY on Wednesday, July 15, 2020
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