Water & Transportation Info

No Wake River Closure

Noon – 3a.m. 7p.m. – 10p.m.

The United States Coast Guard Captain of the Port Sector Ohio Valley will be establishing a no wake zone and a river closure on the Ohio River Sunday, September 1st, 2019 ending Monday September 2nd, 2019. The no wake zone will be on the Ohio River from mile 477 (beyond Riverside Park Boat Ramp) to mile 463 and on the Licking River from mile 0.0 to mile 0.3 and will be enforced from Noon on Sunday September 1st, 2019 to 3:00 a.m. on Monday, September 2nd, 2019.

Additionally, the river will be closed to all commercial and recreational vessel traffic in the downtown Cincinnati area from Ohio River mile 469.2 to mile 470.5 and Licking River mile 0.0 to 0.3 from 7:00 p.m. until 10 p.m.. During the river closure, no vessel traffic, including commercial or recreational vessels, personal water crafts, or sailing vessels will be allowed to transit, launch, or leave any Kentucky or Ohio harbors or ramps located within this river closure without the permission of the U.S. Coast Guard “PATCOM.” There will be 3 anchorage areas within the river closure and vessels intending to anchor in those anchorage areas must do so before the river closure announcement is made at 7:00 p.m. Anchorage 1 will extend 300 feet from the Kentucky shoreline between Ohio River mile 470.5 to 470.7, Anchorage 2 will extend 300 feet from the Ohio shoreline between Ohio River mile 469.2 and 469.6, and Anchorage 3 will extend 300 feet from the Kentucky shoreline between Ohio River mile 469.2 and 469.6.

Vessel movement within this river closure area prior to 7:00 p.m. must be with the sole intent to anchor or transit through. All vessels in these anchorage areas MUST remain inside the buoys marking the anchorage. Event vessels will be maintaining the anchorage areas within the closure zone.

The U.S. Coast Guard “PATCOM” may be reached on channel 16 VHF-FM between 10:00 a.m. and midnight the day of the event. Listen to Marine Channel 16 and 22A VHF-FM for river closure and opening announcements. Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies will be patrolling the river and enforcing the no wake zone, river closure, and federal, state, and local laws. Vessel OPERATORS are reminded to not consume alcohol before or during operation of a vessel.

Covington InformationCOVINGTON, KY - The annual Labor Day weekend fireworks show is just around the corner. This year's Western & Southern / WEBN Fireworks at Riverfest is set for Sunday, September 1, 2019 at the riverfront.

The City and the Covington Police Department (CPD) want to provide residents, businesses and visitors with the following information to ensure a safe and orderly Covington, as well as awareness of the event’s impact on traffic flow and neighborhoods.

The Riverfest Impact Area includes all streets north of East Fourth Street and east of Madison Avenue and West Rivercenter Blvd. from Johnson Street to Madison Avenue. All times listed are for September 1, 2019. 

The CPD Command Center will be located at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. Rivercenter Blvd.

The CPD will have a cart and driver located at the Command Center to assist with ADA accessible entrance into the Impact Area. For those interested in utilizing this service the day of the event, please contact the CPD Command Post at 859-428-7943 upon arrival.

Road Closures

All streets north of East Fourth Street and east of Madison Avenue to the Licking River will be closed to vehicular traffic at 6 p.m. The Roebling Suspension Bridge and the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge will be closed to all traffic beginning at 6 p.m. The Fourth Street Bridge to Newport will close at 8 p.m.

Madison Avenue will remain open to allow access to public parking lots and garages until they are full or 6 p.m., whichever occurs first. Once the parking lots and garages have reached full capacity, Madison Ave. will be closed to through traffic north of East Fourth Street. There are exceptions for TANK buses, invitation holders to the Metropolitan Club and hotel guests with room keys and parking passes.

Devou Park, Kenton Hills, and The Bluffs will have restricted traffic beginning at 2 p.m. Access to these areas will be restricted to residents and their guests only.

Streets inside of the Impact Area will not reopen and residents and guests will not be permitted to exit the Impact Area in a vehicle until the CPD Event Commander determines that it is safe to do so. This may be up to an hour after the fireworks are completed.

The safe evacuation of the pedestrian traffic leaving the Impact Area will be the first concern of CPD. Traffic movement will be coordinated as soon as all pedestrians have safely cleared the area.


The following areas within the Impact Area will be posted as "No Parking Tow Away Zones". Vehicles parked in these areas will be towed starting at 7 a.m.:

Riverside DriveGarrard Street between East Second Street and Riverside DriveKennedy Street between East Second Street and Riverside DriveShelby StreetScott Blvd. north of East Fourth Street (including parking meters)Greenup Street north of East Fourth Street (including parking meters)East Third Street east of Madison Avenue (including parking meters)Park Place (including parking meters)Court Street (including parking meters)Surface lots along the floodwall on Rivercenter Blvd. between Madison Avenue and Johnson Street and below the Roebling Suspension BridgeGrass areas in Devou ParkAll vehicles parked in garages and parking lots located in the Impact Area will not be permitted to leave until pedestrian traffic has cleared and the CPD Event Commander has determined that it is safe for vehicle traffic.

Alcohol & Other Restrictions

Alcohol is prohibited on City property and in public places at all times. All coolers and beverage containers are subject to inspection by CPD officers and will be checked at designated checkpoints.

For guests attending private events, no alcohol is permitted in the Impact Area after 6 p.m. Anyone wishing to bring alcohol to a private event must have it in the Impact Area before 6 p.m. After 6 p.m., Police officers will not allow anyone, including residents, with alcohol to enter the Impact Area.

Glass containers, bicycles, skateboards, pets, roller blades, roller skates, and fireworks are all PROHIBITED in the Impact Area. Motorized vehicles or scooters are not permitted on floodwalls. Swimming in both the Ohio and Licking Rivers is also prohibited during Riverfest.

Mooring along the Covington shoreline is prohibited. Vendors are not permitted to enter the Impact Area.

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