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Councilman Rick Blackwell Invites Community To 7th Annual Riverview Independence Festival For Fun, Music, And Fireworks

The Ohio River will come alive with fireworks and fun on Saturday, June 30th at the Riverview Independence Festival presented by Brown-Forman and Kosair Charities.

The celebration will be a day of music, entertainment, and family fun in the beautiful southwest park along the Ohio River and this year features an all- new musical lineup and expanded kids activity area! At night, patriotic sounds and spectacular lights of fireworks will emanate from a barge on the Ohio River for a stunning display with a picturesque backdrop.

“I am excited for the Southwest to host what has become an Independence Holiday tradition in our community,” said Blackwell. “The Riverview Festival is the perfect way to start your holiday weekend, with thousands of your friends and neighbors enjoying music, family fun, and fireworks together.”

The Riverview Independence Festival will begin at 3:00 pm and will cap off with the Fireworks show at 10:00 pm.

“Brown-Forman is proud to continue our support of the Riverview Independence Festival. We look forward to the continued growth and success of this beloved Southwest tradition,” says Carly Launius, Community Relations Manager for Brown-Forman.

The Riverview Festival stage boasts an all-new musical lineup with rising country music star Cale Dodds as our headliner. Rounding out the stage are local singer-songwriter Justin Paul Lewis, teen country sensation Bailey James, and up-and-coming country singer Shane Dawson Band.

This free community event will be a day of fun for the whole family. The highlights of this year’s festival include:

  • WAVE 3’s Dawne Gee, David Mattingly and Ryan Hoke will emcee the day’s events
  • Kids can enjoy outdoor adventure activities from the Jefferson Memorial Forest ECHO Mobile and Elemental Climb’s Rock Climbing Wall
  • Appearances by Squallis Puppeteers and Louisville League of Mascots
  • WUOL’s 90.5 Classical Corner with Jecorey Arthur for a hands-on experience with classical music
  • Make your own slime and silly putty from Mad Science of Kentucky
  • Patriotic Photo Booth with red, white and blue accessories
  • Beat the heat with the Riverview Spray Ground and refillable water station
  • Enjoy food from Ramiro’s Cantina, Moelicious BBQ, Sivori Fair Foods and Ehrler’s Ice Cream

Limited parking is available at the event site. Additional parking will be available at LG&E, located at 7301 Distribution Drive. A shuttle service from the LG&E lot to the park will be provided by TARC for attendees from 4:00 to 10:45 pm.

Joining Blackwell as Metro Council sponsors are Cindi Fowler (D-14), Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13), (D-15), President David Yates (D-25), Madonna Flood (D-24), Marianne Butler (D-15), Jessica Green (D-1), Pat Mulvihill (D-10), James Peden (R-23) and Council President David James (D-6).

“This southwest tradition would not be possible without the partnership from our community sponsors. We are thrilled that Brown-Forman and Kosair Charities have returned as Presenting Sponsors for this year’s event and are thankful to all of the businesses that have invested in this event and our southwest community,” says Blackwell.

Brown-Forman and Kosair have returned as presenting sponsors of the event. WAVE3 News, G105.1, 102.3 JackFM, LG&E, Signarama Dixie, Atlas Machine & Supply, Café Press, Owen Funeral Home and Metro PCS have contributed as lead sponsors. Algood Food Company and Coit Cleaning have signed on as Proud Patrons.

To see a listing of all the events for the 7th  Annual Riverview Park Independence Festival presented by Brown-Forman and Kosair Charities, visit

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