Your guide to the annual end-of-summer fireworks fun and more this Labor Day Weekend.
Western & Southern/WEBN Fireworks presented by Cincinnati Bell at Riverfest (photo: Amanda Davidson)
This is the ultimate end-of-summer party in the Cincinnati region. The free, family-friendly festival begins at noon on Sunday of Labor Day weekend at Sawyer Point & Yeatman's Cove. The event includes live music, family fun zones, vendor booths, and a Live Broadcast from the Serpentine Wall with WEBN and the KiddChris Show starting at noon. The main event, Rozzi's Famous Fireworks display, lights up the sky starting at 9:05 p.m. and is synchronized with music broadcast on WEBN (102.7FM).
Plan to stake out your spot early on either side of the river and make a day of it. Along with Sawyer Point/Yeatman's Cove, popular viewing areas on the Ohio side include the Serpentine Wall (blankets can be placed on the wall starting at 6 a.m. Saturday - park reopens at 6 a.m. Sunday) and Smale Riverfront Park
along the river, Mt. Adams on the hill just east of downtown, and Mt. Echo Park
a few miles west of downtown. On the Kentucky side try the riverfront areas of Newport (below Newport on the Levee
) and Covington (near the Roebling Suspension Bridge
) or the overlook at Devou Park
. If you're near the river, be sure to catch the Rubber Duck Regatta
starting at 3 p.m. Read the Fireworks FAQ
for even more information about the event.
Thanks to our region's vibrant riverfront area and surrounding hillsides, many area restaurants and bars offer a great view of the fireworks. Some will host special parties with admission fees, so be sure to call ahead for reservations. Venues include 10 West
, The Beer Sellar
, Bar Louie
, Brothers Bar & Grill
, Buckhead Mountain Grill
, Chart House
, City View Tavern, Eighteen at the Radisson
, Hooter's Newport
, Incline Public House
, Joe's Crab Shack
, Mitchell's Fish Market Newport
, Moerlein Lager House
, Montgomery Inn Boathouse
, Mount Adams Pavilion
and Top of the Park
NOTE: Street closures and parking restrictions go into effect at various times on Sunday. Several bridges and roads near the river will close by 6 p.m., so plan accordingly.
Looking for more? Below are some other events to round out your Labor Day Weekend itinerary.
Chocolate: The Exhibition (photo: Maria Dehne)
Free Outdoor Performances
FC Cincinnati Wiedeman
On Saturday evening, Cincinnati's professional soccer team FC Cincinnati
takes on the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at UC's Nippert Stadium.