A crowd of people in the dark, sitting on the banks of the Ohio river at Riverfest

2018 marks the 42nd year of this Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky free-to-attend festival that bids farewell to another fun summer. We celebrate on Labor Day weekend. This year it’s on Sunday, Sept. 2, with great music—both live and on WEBN, of course!—family fun, friends hanging out on the scenic banks of the Ohio river, and the world-famous Rozzi fireworks display. The fireworks are scheduled to start at 9:07 pm.

Towers of yellow fireworks under four blooming red, green and yellow explosions of Rozzi's fireworks over the Ohio river


When to Head to Riverfest

People sitting on serpentine wall in Cincinnati with the Ohio river and a bridge behind them

Sunday, Sept. 2, live entertainment starts at noon on both sides of the Ohio! There’s also a variety of yummy food and drink available. There are many parking lots, as well as some street parking, but this is an extremely popular event, drawing more than 200,000 people, so it’s a good idea to arrive on the early side.


Special Viewing for the Fireworks

Purple People Bridge with red fireworks at WEBN Riverfest

If you’d rather not join the happy throngs along the riverbanks, there are ticketed viewings available. You can still get tix to the Purple People Bridge’s fundraiser VIP event, Boom on the Bridge! – It will feature one of the best views on the Ohio river--you’ll get to see the fireworks up close, from the Kentucky side of the bridge.Blue fireworks at WEBN riverfest going off over BB Riverboat

Photo: Dave.Film on Instagram

Another popular option is to take in the show from the river itself, on one of the riverboats from BB Riverboats or Celebration Riverboats.


O you might want to check out Axis Alley’s Riverfest viewing.

Axis Alley Fireworks Party

If you have questions about the details of the celebration, WEBN has a great FAQ page here.


Have fun choosing how to view the jaw-dropping fireworks and enjoy one more summertime festival in Cincinnati and NKY!