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Thousands celebrate the unofficial end of summer

By Brad Underwood - bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - It's one of the biggest nights of the year on the riverfront, and the unofficial end to summer.

Hundreds of thousands of people packed the banks of the Ohio River to watch an annual tradition - the fireworks.

"I think it's good for the city, you know, in the midst of everything else that's going on, to have something that's free, and centrally located and kind of kicks off fall," said Craig Dockery. "It makes everybody feel good this weekend."

There's plenty for everyone - noise makers, balloon hats, food, music, and of course the fireworks.

"My first year down here, like, they were pretty good, but last year I thought they were a lot better," said Jarrod Felton.

Many wait all day for the fireworks.

"My girlfriend's grandparents saved me this spot," said Felton. "They came here at like four o'clock I think."

Once the right spot is found, the waiting game begins. Some walk around, some eat, and others play some cards.

It's estimated that over half a million people pack the shores of the Ohio River, hoping to get a good seat for the fireworks, and hundreds more watch from boats lining the Kentucky side of the river.

Every year the crowd gets bigger, and somehow you can't escape seeing old friends.

"It is funny how many people you see that you know, you know, just in the midst of a half a million people or whatever it is," said Dockery.

Crews were already out overnight cleaning up the mess left behind. They will clean up more on Monday.

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