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Riverview Park Independence Festival to bring fun, music and fireworks to the Ohio River

Friday June 14, 2013

For Immediate Release:
Democratic Caucus
Louisville MEtro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622

Louisville – The scenic beauty of the Ohio River will serve as the backdrop for a great patriotic celebration when the Riverview Park Independence Festival presented by Brown- Forman gets underway on Saturday, June 29th.

It will be an evening of music, fun, activities for families and a barge load of fireworks on the Ohio River.

“This is the Independence Festival’s second year and we have expanded the fun and entertainment for everyone’s enjoyment,” said Councilman Rick Blackwell (D-12). “This is the only Independence Day Celebration of its kind in Southwest Louisville.”

“This festival is a great chance to build community and bring families out to one of the Southwest’s crown jewels,” says Councilwoman Cindi Fowler (D-14) “Riverview Park is the perfect setting for a festival and fireworks show.”

The Riverview Park Independence Festival will run from 5:00pm to 11:00pm on Saturday, June 29th. It is a free event. Joining Blackwell and Fowler as Metro Council sponsors are Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) and David Yates (D-25).

Among the highlights of this year’s Festival:

· Events emcee’d by Southwest Louisville’s own Dawne Gee

· Performances by 31W (6:00pm – 8:00pm) and Ode 2 the Gnu (8:30pm – 10:30pm)

· Kids’ activities include appearances by Louisville League of Mascots, “Make your Own Slime” and “Make your Own Cotton Candy” provided by Mad Science of Kentucky; and the wonderful Riverview Splash Park!

· Louisville Water Company providing the “Bubbler” – refillable water station – so be sure to bring your own Louisville Pure Tap refillable bottles

· Food Vendors include Traveling Kitchen and Genius in a Box from Louisville Food Truck Association and Ron’s Hot Dogs and Ehrler’s Ice Cream

· Fantastic Fireworks Show on the Ohio River at 10:30 pm!

Limited parking is available at the park. Additional parking will be available at PRP High School (5901 Greenwood Road) and TARC will be providing a Trolley shuttle service for attendees.

“As we celebrate the birth of our country, this festival is also a celebration of the good things that can be found south of the Watterson Expressway, “says Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13). “Riverview Park, like the Jefferson Memorial Forest and the Iroquois Amphitheater, is a source of pride for all of us and something that should be enjoyed.”

“It takes many people to put on such a great Festival and we could not do it without the help of some very good corporate citizens out here in the Southwest,” says Councilman David Yates (D-25). “They share the same goal as we on the Council to help build community spirit in the Southwest.”

Brown Forman is this Presenting Sponsor of this year’s Independence Festival. Café Press and Atlas Machine & Supply have contributed as Lead Sponsors. Proud Patrons include Owen Funeral Home, E-Z Construction, Riverport Business Association and Mary Hatfield Oliva Tax & Bookkeeping Service and the festival owes a special thanks to Vince Jarboe State Farm Insurance, Fort Knox Federal Credit Union and Louisville Water Company.

“We’re excited to be a part of the fun this year,” says Phil Lynch, VP Director of Corporate Communications with Brown-Forman. “This is a great community festival and we’re sure it will turn into a long-standing holiday tradition in Southwest Louisville.”

To see a listing of all the events for the Riverview Park Independence Festival Presented by Brown-Forman go to or follow the event on Facebook.

Rick Blackwell (D) 12
Vicki Aubrey Welch (D) 13
Cindi Fowler (D) 14
David Yates (D) 25