July 12, 2014 (Rain Date 7/13 - Fireworks only 9:00pm)
Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford & Great River Park, East Hartford

2012 Montreal International Fireworks Competition Gold medal winner, Atlas Pyrovision, highlights the largest one-day fireworks celebration in Connecticut on Saturday, July 12, 2014.  Admission to this event is FREE! Riverfest features free entertainment including live bands, amusements, kids’ activities, great food, and more— followed by the fireworks at 9:00 p.m.

Beginning at 4:00 p.m., Riverfest festivities are offered in two locations: Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford and Great River Park in East Hartford.

Riverfest is brought to you by Riverfront Recapture and made possible through the generosity of corporate funding and private contributions. Riverfest would not be possible without support from the City of Hartford, the Town of East Hartford, the Metropolitan District Commission, and dozens of other statewide agencies.


Performance and Activity Schedule


Fireworks Information

This year’s show, performed by Atlas Pyrovision, Gold Medal Winners of the 2012 Montreal International Fireworks Competition, will be choreographed to popular Americana themed music that will be broadcasted throughout the event sites. The computer-synchronized fireworks display will be fired from three barges on the Connecticut River beginning at 9:00 pm.



4:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Directions & Parking

This event is held at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza and Great River Park.

Hartford Parking Recommendations:

Science Center/Riverfront Garage

250 Columbus Blvd
Hartford, CT 06103
Science center will have a special rate of $7.00

CT Convention Center Garage
100 Columbus Blvd
Hartford, CT 06103
Standard hourly rate at:
$3.00 the first hour
$2.00 each additional hour
Max @ $19.00

Morgan Street Garage
155 Morgan St
Hartford, CT
Morgan Street is $ 4.00

Constitution Plaza Garage
109 Constitution Plaza 
Hartford, CT 06103
$10 fee
Patrons should use the south garage entrance on State Street

Parking is available throughout the Town of East Hartford.

Handicapped parking in Hartford is available at CT Science Center/Riverfront Garage & Constitution Plaza Garage in Hartford. Vehicle accessible handicapped viewing is only available at Charter Oak Landing and access is restricted to vehicles with state-issued handicap permits.

Handicapped parking in East Hartford is available at Commerce Center One (333 E River Drive, East Hartford) to vehicles with a state-issued permit.


Hartford—The free DASH Shuttle will run approximately every 12 minutes along a circulatory route connecting the CT Convention Center, the Riverfront, the CT Science Center, the Arts and Entertainment District, various restaurants and downtown hotels. Star Shuttle hours: 3:00 p.m. - 11:00p.m. Read the DASH Shuttle brochure to learn more.

East Hartford— The Roaming Railroad will offer free rides in East Hartford between the Founders Bridge (corner of East River Drive & Pitkin Street) and Great River Park.

Road Closures

Info to come

Boater Info

Boaters are welcome to join us on the River. Riverfront Recapture’s Riverside Park boat launch in Hartford will be open, but the Charter Oak Landing and Great River Park launches will be closed. Kayaking and canoeing are permitted, but all vessels must have proper running lights and safety equipment. No docking facilities are available to access the event sites. Boaters will not be permitted to traverse through the established fireworks shooting safety zone marked with white buoys - 600’ north and south of the fireworks barges from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Volunteer Opportunities
Learn more about volunteer opportunities for this event.

*You MAY NOT bring alcohol into the parks and/or events.

Vendor & Exhibitor Information
For food/merchandise vending and exhibitor information, click here.


Share your patriotism and support Riverfest! If you are interested in sponsoring this or any of our exciting festivals, events, and programs, please visit our sponsorship page now, contact Deborah Baker, Director of Development, via email or call 860.713.3131 ext. 326, or use our online form to sponsor Riverfest now!

Presented by:


Fireworks by:

Mohegan Sun

Festival Series Sponsor:


2014 Arts Partner:

Greater Hartford Arts Council

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