Say Goodbye to Summer with the Annual WEBN Riverfest Labor Day Fireworks Display on the Ohio River

Launched more than four decades ago to celebrate the 10th anniversary of radio station WEBN, this Labor Day bash officially signals the end of summer with a series of colorful explosions in the sky

click to enlarge Riverfest - Photo: Provided/CityBeat Archive
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Riverfest

Launched more than four decades ago to celebrate the 10th anniversary of radio station WEBN, this Labor Day bash officially signals the end of summer with a series of colorful explosions in the sky.

In addition to food, music, major traffic jams and one of the largest firework displays in the Midwest set to music from 102.7 FM (you are 100-percent guaranteed to hear “Smoke on the Water”), festgoers can expect to see half a million other humans and a river full of boats.

During the lead-up to the big show, the Freestore Foodbank hosts its annual Rubber Duck Regatta, dropping as many as 200,000 yellow duckies from the Purple People Bridge into the Ohio River in a race to benefit the foodbank (buy a duck, feed a child, possibly win a car and $1 million).

Ducks cost $5 and provide 15 meals each; they launch into the river at 3 p.m.

Noon-10 p.m. Sunday. Free; $5 per duck. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, webn.iheart.com, rubberduckregatta.org. 

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