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Councilman Rick Blackwell Invites Community To 8th Annual Riverview Independence Festival

The Ohio River will come alive with fireworks and fun on Saturday, June 29th 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 a fantastic musical lineup and an 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 5:00 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.

“This annual festival brings families together, and allows kids to be kids,” said Keith Inman, President of Kosair Charities. “We are thrilled to help present an event that aligns so closely with our mission and connects our community.”

Rising country music star Stephanie Quayle will headline the Festival Stage. Stephanie offers a fresh sound, and relatable storylines that is unmatched in today’s country music scene. Returning this year is up-and-coming country musician Shane Dawson. Local group Long Lost Country will round out this year’s lineup featuring classic country and honky-tonk hits.

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

  • WAVE 3’s Dawne Gee and Tawana Andrews as emcee the events
  • Kids can enjoy outdoor adventure activities from the Jefferson Memorial Forest ECHO Mobile and a 24 foot Rock Climbing Wall
  • Mingle and take pictures with the Squallis Puppeteers and Louisville League of Mascots
  • Make giant bubbles with Enchanted Rainbow Bubbles
  • WUOL’s 90.5 Classical Corner with Jecorey Arthur for a hands-on experience with classical music
  • Patriotic Photo Area with red, white and blue accessories
  • Beat the heat with the Riverview Spray Ground and refillable water station
  • Enjoy food from Pollo Food Truck, 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 5:00 to 10:45 pm.

Joining Blackwell as Metro Council sponsors are Cindi Fowler (D-14), David Yates (D-25), Mark Fox (D-13), Kevin Triplett (D-13), Madonna Flood (D-24), Pat Mulvihill (D-10), Jessica Green (D-1), James Peden (R-23) and Anthony Piagentini (D-19).

“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 Charities have returned as Presenting Stars & Stripes Sponsors of the event. WAVE3 News, Q103.1, Café Press and LG&E are supporting as Proud Patriot Sponsors. We are proud to have Horseshoe Southern Casino, Signarama Dixie, Beacon Federal Credit Union and Owen Funeral Home as Red, White & Blue Sponsors.

To see a listing of all the events for the 8th  Annual Riverview Park Independence Festival presented by Brown-Forman and Kosair Charities, visit or follow the event on

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