Riverfront Recapture has announced that the Riverfest activities will not be held as scheduled Saturday because flooded river conditions make it unsafe to hold events along the Connecticut River.
“The recent heavy rains up and down the Connecticut River Valley have caused the river to rise, creating unsafe conditions,” said Joe Marfuggi, Riverfront Recapture’s president and CEO. “It was a tough decision to make because Riverfest is such a popular event for the community – and so many people look forward to it each year.”
The strong river current and heavy floating debris in the river made it impossible to safely launch and secure the three barges from which the fireworks would have been shot, said Charlie Myers, Riverfront Recapture’s Director of Events and Programs.
“We had numerous conversations with public safety officials in Hartford and East Hartford before we unanimously concluded that Riverfest could not go on as scheduled,” Myers said. Among their concerns was the potential danger to crowds of spectators lining the banks of a swollen river with its swift and dangerous current.
He added that Riverfront Recapture is working with officials to come up with an alternate date for the festival. “We’ll still have the spectacular fireworks show that Riverfest fans come to see,” Myers added.