Riverfest 2020 is canceled, Cincinnati’s mayor announces

Riverfest 2020 officially canceled

NEWPORT, Ky. (FOX19) - Riverfest 2020 is canceled due to the coronavirus, Cincinnati’s mayor announced Friday.

Covington and Newport recently withdrew their participation in the event, which is held annually on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend.

The City of Bellevue has also has canceled.

The Kentucky cities all cited health and safety concerns related to the pandemic.

The end-of-summer event, officially the Western & Southern/WEBN Fireworks, is one of the hallmarks of the region.

Fireworks are typically shot off of a barge on the Ohio River, with crowds gathering on both sides of the river.

More than 250,000 people attended Riverfest in 2019.

Its fireworks show is among the largest in the Midwest.

With Riverfest off, will Oktoberfest follow?

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