River Ruckus

Don’t miss River Ruckus 2014 on September 6th!

Haverhill River Ruckus LogoWe’re looking forward to this year’s River Ruckus, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 6th on Haverhill’s Riverwalk and Washington Street from 2:00-9:30 p.m. Check out the exciting events and schedule below, or download the Schedule of Events flyer. The day will be capped off by a fabulous fireworks show over the river!

Live Music
Boat Rides & Kayaking
Classic Car Show
Rubber Duck Regatta
Family Fun
Local Food Vendors
Fireworks Spectacular

Live Music

92.5 the River is again providing a great lineup of live music on the Riverfront Park Stage.

Riverfront Park Stage
Time Appearing
2:00 – 3:00 PM MB Padfield (website | video)
2:45 – 3:30 PM Liz Frame and The Kickers (website | video)
3:30 – 4:00 PM DUCK DROP – Rubber Duck Regatta
4:00 – 4:45 PM Dan & the Widlfire (website | video)
5:00 – 6:00 PM Jamie Kent (website | video)
6:30 – 7:30 PM Aldous Collins Band (website | video)
7:45 – 9:00 PM Saints of Valory (website | video)

Classic Car Show

Team Haverhill appreciates the ongoing support of Haverhill Bank as the sponsor of the Classic Car Show for the fourth year. Once again, HC Media’s Frank Novak will do a classic car commentary that goes “live” on Channel 22.

Boat Rides and Kayaking

Rockingham Boat and the Clean River Project are once again coming to River Ruckus to provide Pontoon Boat Rides on the Merrimack River. Plum Island Kayak will also providing the opportunity to enjoy kayaking on the river.

Rubber Duck Regatta

The Annual Rubber Duck Regatta, presented by Haverhill Rotary, takes place at approximately 3:00 pm depending on the tides. Watch as 10,000 plus rubber ducks are dropped from the Comeau Bridge into the river in a float to the finish! The adopter of the first duck to cross the finish line wins a $10,000 cash prize, generously donated by Rockingham Toyota of Salem, NH. To adopt a duck and have a chance at winning the prize visit facebook.com/rubberduckregatta.

Family Fun

Children’s Activities offered by Girls, Inc., Trinity Episcopal Church and Haverhill YMCA including face painting, bouncy house, sidewalk chalk, balloon artist, arts & crafts, and more. Complimentary natural snacks and beverages from Whole Foods Market will be provided. MassAudubon’s Joppa Flats will provide a touch tank. It all adds up to a fun-filled day of family entertainment in historic downtown Haverhill. Join us!

Local Food Vendors

The list of food vendors keeps growing, so check back often for the latest on the mouth-watering food offerings. Romano’s will be selling pizza, SoulFire out of Allston, MA will be dishing out pulled pork sandwiches with cole slaw, and Kona Ice will be selling shaved ice. Haverhill Beef will be selling sausages, hot dogs, shrimp scampi over pasta, seafood chowder and meatball subs. Carter’s Ice Cream will be selling its delicious freshly made ice cream. The Barking Dog Ale House has signed on too – check them out for mac & cheese, BLTs and cotton candy.

Fireworks Spectacular

The celebration will be capped off by a spectacular fireworks show over the river, sponsored by New York Life.

Full Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events
Time Event
1:00 – dusk Kayak Rentals & Rides – provided by Plum Island Kayak (Plum Island Kayak booth)
2:00 – 4:00 PM Children’s Activities – face painting, bouncy house, sidewalk chalk, balloon artist, arts & crafts, and more! (Gazebo Area)
2:00 – 5:00 PM Classic Car Show sponsored by Haverhill Bank (Washington Street)
2:00 – 6:00 PM Juried Art Exhibition – local artwork on display (Sage Art Gallery, 22 Washington St.)
2:00 – 7:00 PM Pontoon Boat Rides provided by Rockingham Boat and the Clean River Project (Team Haverhill Booth)
2:00 – 9:00 PM Beer & Wine Garden (Sponsored by Team Haverhill)
2:00 – 9:00 PM Live Music – Great live acts brought to you by 92.5 the River (Riverfront Park Stage)
2:00 – 9:30 PM Taste of Haverhill – food for sale form local restaurants (Various locations)
9:00 PM Fireworks Spectacular sponsored by New York Life (Downtown Waterfront)

Connect with us on Facebook

For a peek at this zany and beloved event, view the photo gallery on this page for some memories of River Ruckus or connect with River Ruckus on Facebook. Don’t forget to tag us (please use #haverhillriverruckus) in your pictures! We’d love to see them!

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