Celebrate Labor Day in NKY

By Jill Morenz

First off, we’d like to offer our gratitude to all the workers out there—THANK YOU! Your efforts are always cause for celebration, especially on Labor Day.

Northern Kentucky is cooking up a lot of fun for this weekend. We hope you can join us!

Fireworks

The tradition of Labor Day fireworks over the Ohio River began in 1977. Some of the best places to watch those beautiful explosions are in NKY.

  • Purple People Bridge: Be among the special folks who get primo views from the bridge. Tickets are still available for the Boom on the Bridge party and include live music, food and drinks and a parking pass. Learn more here.
  • Newport on the Levee: The Bridgeview Box Park will be rocking before, during and after the fireworks, along with the rest of this popular entertainment destination. Many of the Levee’s businesses are offering specials, along with live music and popup activations all day long. Check it out here.
  • BB Riverboats is welcoming passengers for a dinner cruise ending with fireworks viewed from the river. Book a spot here.
  • The new Covington Plaza runs along the murals painted on the floodwall near the foot of the Roebling Bridge. It has seating similar to the serpentine wall in Cincinnati and is a great place to watch the fireworks. See below for the BBQ Festival that will be there over the weekend.
  • Devou Park’s overlook in Covington and the Bellevue Beach Park are also excellent places to set up chairs and enjoy the view.

BBQ Festival

The Smoke on the River BBQ Festival is this weekend, from Friday through Sunday. A great lineup of live music will provide the soundtrack for the delicious menu options that include traditional barbeque, as well as unusual dishes like smoked brisket tacos, pork ‘n cheese and BBQ surf ‘n turf stuffed pretzels. Learn more here.

Comedy Show

The Brewery Comedy Tour brings top-notch comedians to Wooden Cask Brewing Co. in Newport, KY. You can decide which of their craft beers pairs well with hysterical laughter. Get the details here.

Symphony in the Parks

The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra is teaming up with the No Promises Vocal Band for two free shows around the theme “boy bands.” Sing along to nostalgic tunes from the Beach Boys, Temptations, NSYNC and more. On Saturday, they will be playing at the bandshell at Covington’s Devou Park and on Sunday they’ll be at Fort Thomas’ Tower Park. Get more info here.

Cute Caboose

Ludlow’s Train Viewing Platform has a new attraction—a decommissioned caboose that will be a permanent fixture there. Join the party to welcome the cute red newcomer, with live music, food and drinks, book signings and more. See the details here.

For more fun ways to celebrate Labor Day, NKY-style, you can visit NKY ArtQuest’s list of activities here. Don’t forget to celebrate your own hard-working self this weekend!

Jill Morenz is the Director of Community Initiatives and Communications for the Catalytic Fund and runs the NKY Public Arts Network. She is an enthusiastic evangelist for all things NKY.

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