July 11, 2015 (Rain Date July 12)

Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

Great River Park, East Hartford


4 to 10 p.m.


What a celebration of our nation's freedom! Thanks for joining us and enjoying the great entertainment, activities, and of course, fireworks.

Photo gallery by Alex Syphers, Hartford Courant


Entertainment and activities - East Hartford


Entertainment and activities - Hartford


WFSB-TV advance coverage


Special Note 


Boat launches in Great River Park and Charter Oak Landing will be closed from dusk July 10 to dawn July 12.

Riverside Park boat launch is open, with limited access to the south from dusk July 10 to dawn July 12. On July 11, boats may enter until 8 pm, but must stay on the river until ½ hour after fireworks end that evening; the Riverside Park boat launch will remain open.


9 p.m. Fireworks

Montreal International Fireworks Competition Gold medal winner, Atlas Pyrovision, will highlight the largest one-day fireworks celebration in Connecticut. 

Directions & Parking


Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford 

Click HERE for Downtown Hartford Interactive Parking Map

  Handicap Parking, Hartford

Science Center/Riverfront Garage  

CT Convention Center Garage  

(Note: a major convention is using this garage July 9-12)


Charter Oak Landing

(Handicap parking ONLY with State of Connecticut issued permit)

Great River Park, East Hartford

Parking is available in private and public lots

  Handicap Parking, East Hartford

Commerce Center One (Handicap parking ONLY with State of Connecticut issued permit)

Road Closures - all closed at 6 p.m.


  • Route 2 West-bound, Off Ramp to Pitkin Street (Exit 3)
  • Route 2 West-bound, Darlin Street Off Ramp, on approach to the Founders Bridge
  • Route 2 East-bound, at the Pitkin Street Off Ramp, from the Founders Bridge
  • I-84 East-bound, Exit 53 off ramp to East River Drive. The Connecticut Blvd. exit shall remain open to exiting traffic.
  • I-84 West-bound to the Charter Oak Bridge (Rte 5/15 s/b), Exit 90
  • Eastbound Founder’s Bridge 

Dash shuttle schedule July 9-11

During ConnectiCon and Riverfest celebrations, dash will operate the following extra hours of service in Hartford:

Thursday, July 9 dash service from 7 a.m. to midnight
Friday, July 10 the shuttle operates starting at 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. (Saturday)
Saturday, July 11 the dash will be in service from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. (Sunday)


Going to Riverfest in Hartford and East Hartford on July 11? Got a bike? There is a group cycling to and from Riverfest fireworks.  

Ride there from Parkville with Slow Roll - www.facebook.com/events/1675119252716587/

  • Meeting at 6:30pm at 1429 Park Street in Hartford's Parkville neighborhood.  Riding at 7pm.

Ride back to Parkville with Make Hartford - www.facebook.com/events/401211486747751/

  • After the fireworks conclude, the group will be riding back to Parkville.


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!

2015 Sponsors:

Presented by:




Fireworks by:

Mohegan Sun


Site Sponsor - Mortensen Riverfront Plaza:




Festival Series Sponsor:



2015 Arts Partner:

Greater Hartford Arts Council


Family Activities Sponsor:

Price Chopper Supermarkets


Gold Sponsors:

Hartford Steam Boiler/ Munich RENewAlliance Foundation



Silver Sponsor:

Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Trust Fund



Timbersports Competition Sponsor:

Northern Tree Service


Spirit Sponsors:
Alfred Benesch & CompanyChase Glass CompanyConnecticut Lighting CentersCT Neurosurgery & Spine Associates LLC
Cowdery & MurphyFA Hesketh & AssociatesPrudential RetirementRoofs by Welch Russo Brothers


Media Support:


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