Team Haverhill’s River Ruckus

Team Haverhill’s River Ruckus is an annual festival featuring live music, Classic Cars, Kids Zone, great local foods, and spectacular fireworks over the Merrimack River.


September 24, 12:00 PM – 8:30 PM, at Riverfront Park in Haverhill’s Riverfront Cultural District and Washington Street

Follow River Ruckus on Facebook for the latest news and announcements about the Band Lineup and Set Schedule, the Classic Car Show, the Fireworks, the Food Vendors, our Awesome Sponsors, and Family Fun.  Please LIKE  and SHARE to spread the buzz!

Please note: Washington Street will be closed to all traffic from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm on Saturday for the Classic Car Show. We will post reminders and parking information as we get closer.

Interested in helping at River Ruckus as an ‘event day volunteer’? Please click here!

Thank you for NOT SMOKING at Team Haverhill’s River Ruckus.

Festival Timeline of Events

12:00 – 8:30 PM, Riverfront Park


Time            Event

12:00 – 3:00 pm Classic Car Show  Sponsored by Haverhill Bank | Washington Street
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Haverhill High School Crew Exhibition – See the HHS Crew show-off their skills live on the mighty Merrimack River  | on the water – Riverfront Park
12:00 – 4:00 pm Kids Zone  Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Traveling Touch Tank, Bouncy House Basketball, Professional Balloon Artist, Face Painting, Master Lego Builder Challenge, Obstacle Course, and more! | Gazebo Area
12:00 – 8:00 pm Beer & Wine Garden  Beer list to be determined.  Hard seltzer, white, red and rosé wines also available. | Riverfront Park
12:00 – 8:00 pm A Taste of Haverhill  Food for sale by local restaurants & vendors | Riverfront Park
2:00 – 4:00 pm

Riverfront Cultural District Tours & Talks 

To be announced soon.

12:00 – 7:45 pm Live Music  Great live performances brought to you by 92.5 The River. See the Band Line-up  for set times  River Ruckus Stage
8:00 – 8:30 pm Fireworks Spectacular A spectacular Fireworks display over the Merrimack River
Best. Fireworks. Ever.
Sponsored by New York Life.  | RiverWalk and Riverfront Park



Our Sponsors

Team Haverhill’s River Ruckus would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors:

Team Haverhill’s River Ruckus 2022 – Platinum Sponsors

New York Life
Edwards Vacuum
Procopio Companies


Team Haverhill’s River Ruckus 2022 – Gold Sponsors

Trinity EMS STEM Haverhill Greater Haverhill Foundation


Team Haverhill’s River Ruckus 2022 – Silver Sponsors

Covanta Energy Cedars Foods Dunkin Donuts


Team Haverhill’s River Ruckus 2022 – Bronze Sponsors


Team Haverhill’s River Ruckus 2022 – Live Music Partner

92.5 The River - Boston


2022 Schedule of Events

Live Music
Classic Car Show
Kids Zone
Historic Walking Tour & Art Talks
50/50 Cash Prize Raffle
River Ruckus Beer and Wine Garden
A Taste of Haverhill: Local Food Vendors
Fireworks Spectacular

Live Music

12:00 pm – 7:30 pm on the River Ruckus Stage
WXRV 92.5 the River once again brings a great lineup of bands to the River Ruckus Stage.

Start Time Appearing
12:30 pm Danielle Miraglia
1:45 pm Liz Bills & The Change
3:15 pm Kurt Baker
4:45 pm Delta Rae
6:30 pm The Jayhawks

Stage management provided by DreamWeaver Presents.


Classic Car Show

12:00 – 3:00 pm, Washington Street

The Classic Car Show brings over 50 cars to Washington Street. Antiques, classics, muscle cars, hot rods, specialty cars and their proud owners gather for the afternoon.

CLASSIC CAR SHOWOnce again, HC Media’s Frank “I’m just along for the ride” Novak will do a car commentary for HC Media, channel 22, Haverhill. Let us know in advance with a post to River Ruckus on Facebook and tell us what kind of car you are bringing and Frank will talk about your car on the air! He will talk to you, too, and you can see the show later on tv!

Team Haverhill appreciates the ongoing support of Haverhill Bank as the sponsor of the Classic Car Show for the sixth year.



Kids Zone

12:00 – 3:00 pm, Columbus Park

Kids Zone activities include Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Traveling Touch Tank, Bouncy House Basketball, Professional Balloon Artist, Face Painting, Master Lego Builder Challenge, Obstacle Course, and more!

The Kids Zone is organized by Haverhill YMCA.


Professional face painting from Fun Face Express will be at the festival as well as Ryan’s Bright Light Novelties, with glow toys before the fireworks.

Historic Walking Tour & Art Talks

To be announced.

River Ruckus Beer & Wine Garden

Beer list to be announced soon.  Hard seltzer, white, red and rosé wines also available.

Thank you for not smoking in the River Ruckus Beer Garden.​


A Taste of Haverhill with Local Food Vendors and Beer & Wine Garden

12:00 – 8:00 pm, Riverfront Park


Vendor River Ruckus Menu
la Pizza di Forno Pizza, fruit cups, baklava
River Street Café Syrian pockets: Chicken salad, caprese,
steak & cheese and veggie
Polish Prince Perogi Pierogi cooked to order
Eclectic Clam Stuffed clams, fish cakes and crab cakes
Kona Ice Shaved ice with do-it-yourself Flavorwave
Chicken Connection Chicken fingers, burgers and fries
Carter’s Ice Cream Homemade ice cream
Casa Blanca Burritos, guacamole and walking nachos
Armstrong’s Gourmet Popcorn Glazed popcorn, theater corn and candy
Hard Body Meals Turkey chili and peanut butter protein balls
The Bakers Rack Brownies, bars and cookies

Fireworks Spectacular

8:00 – 8:30 PM, Riverfront Park

BEST. FIREWORKS. EVER. Boom!…boom boom boom Boom!


Festival Backstory 

River Ruckus was born at Possible Dreams in January of 2010 as a “dream” of bringing the community together for a day of family fun along the Riverwalk and the Riverfront Cultural District; to boost the local economy; and to boast about what Haverhill has to offer. A team of dedicated Team Haverhill volunteers pulled together the first event in August, 2010.

Team Haverhill’s River Ruckus was an immediate success and has grown in numbers of guests, volunteers, sponsors and participants every year.

We have taken two breaks.  A hiatus in 2012 due to the rolling out of the Essex Street Gateway Mural that spring, and another in 2020 due to the CovID-19 Pandemic.

Our original festival mascot was “Sammy the Sturgeon” chosen because there are sturgeon living in the Merrimack River in the environs of the Bassiliere Bridge. While the sturgeon used to be prolific in the river, it is now protected as an endangered species. Sammy is pictured in our former logo and he still appears at the festival to the delight of the children.

Our logo conveys the spirit of the River Ruckus: our love for the mighty Merrimack River, our passion for live music, and the excitement and spectacle of the fireworks over the river. It’s a great representation of the festival – a great day of bringing our community together – on the river.

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