Hartford Riverfest 4th of July Celebration

Hartford Riverfest Fireworks
••• Hartford Riverfest concludes each year with fireworks over the Connecticut River. © 2014 Kim Knox Beckius

Riverfest Has Been Canceled in 2016:

The information below refers to the 2015 celebration.

What is Hartford Riverfest?:

If you want to celebrate Independence Day in the Hartford, Connecticut, area, head to the Connecticut River. The 35th annual Hartford Riverfest is a multi-venue Fourth of July celebration featuring events throughout the day on both sides of the river. Riverfest is family-friendly and free.

When is Hartford Riverfest?:

Hartford Riverfest is usually held the Saturday closest to the 4th of July (although not on the holiday itself). For 2015, the date for the annual Hartford Riverfest is Saturday, July 11. The rain date is Sunday, July 12.

What Are the Highlights of Hartford Riverfest?:

Hartford Riverfest features concerts, displays and children's activities, plus food and beverages available for purchase. Riverfest 2015 features East Hartford Police K-9 demonstrations; the NIXS Beer Garden; a Country Fair in East Hartford's Great River Park; music by a variety of bands and ensembles including Eight to the Bar, Coyote River Band and the 102nd Army Band; plus, a spectacular, high-tech fireworks display by Atlas Pyrovision over the Connecticut River fired from three barges and synchronized to music beginning at 9 p.m.

How Can I Learn More About Hartford Riverfest?:

Visit the Riverfront Recapture Web site for a complete schedule of events along the Connecticut River on July 11.

You can also obtain Riverfest information by calling 860-713-3131.

How Do I Get to Hartford Riverfest?:

Riverfest is held at two locations in Hartford and East Hartford: Mortensen Riverfront Plaza and Great River Park. Musical performances and a variety of other activities are scheduled for each location.

Fireworks may also be viewed from Charter Oak Landing: Vehicle-accessible handicapped viewing is available there, as well.

The Riverfront Recapture Web site has directions to all of the parks and information on Riverfest parking. Although a schedule for Saturday, July 11, has not yet been announced, visitors can typically ride the free Hartford dash Shuttle during the annual Riverfest celebration, as well.

Are There Any Getaway Packages for Hartford Riverfest?:

There are no hotel packages specifically for the post-4th of July holiday Riverfest celebration in Hartford, but you can find special rates at Hartford hotels when you book direct at Expedia.

Other Helpful Resources for Hartford Visitors:

Downtown Hartford Parking Map