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 25, 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.


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 – 4:00 pm Kids Zone  Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Traveling Touch Tank, Bouncy House Basketball, Professional Balloon Artist, Face Painting, Arts & Crafts, and more! | Gazebo Area
12:00 – 8:00 pm Beer & Wine Garden  Featuring… big announcement of this year’s beer list coming soon.  | Riverfront Park
12:00 – 8:00 pm A Taste of Haverhill  Food for sale by local restaurants & vendors | Riverfront Park
1:00 – 3:30 pm

Riverfront Cultural District Tours & Talks 

Awesome walking tours coming – To be announced

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
12:00 – 7:00 pm 50/50 Cash Prize Raffle  1 ticket/$5 – 3 tickets/$10 – 10 tickets/$20  One cash prize winner, splitting with Team Haverhill’s River Ruckus | The Team Haverhill Booth in Riverfront Park
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 2021 – Platinum Sponsors

Haverhill Bank
New York Life


Team Haverhill’s River Ruckus 2021 – Gold Sponsors

Trinity EMS STEM Haverhill Greater Haverhill Foundation
Pentucket Bank


Team Haverhill’s River Ruckus 2021 – Silver Sponsors

Covanta Energy Cedars Foods Dunkin Donuts


2021 Schedule of Events

Live Music
Classic Car Show
Crew Exhibition
Kids Zone
Historic Walking Tours
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
1:00 pm TBD
2:00 pm TBD
3:00 pm TBD
4:00 pm TBD
5:00 pm TBD
6:30 pm TBD

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 – 4:00 pm, Gazebo Area in Riverfront Park

Kids Zone activities include Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Traveling Touch Tank, a bouncy house basketball, sidewalk chalk art, a balloon artist, arts & crafts, games 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 Tours

1:00 pm, Team Haverhill Booth

You are invited you to stroll through Haverhill’s history along the streets of Downtown Haverhill.  The tours are a fun and educational way to do something different at River Ruckus!

Tours will leave from the Team Haverhill Booth and will take about one hour.


50/50 Cash Prize Raffle

12:00 – 7:00 pm, Washington Street & Riverfront Park

The CASH PRIZE grows over the course of the day! Tickets will be sold at the Team Haverhill’s River Ruckus booth. Tickets are $5/one ticket, $10/three tickets and $20/ten tickets. Cash prize will be split 50/50 with Team Haverhill’s River Ruckus. Additional prize baskets containing local restaurant gift certificates and more will be given away between music sets throughout the day with winning tickets being thrown back in for the CASH PRIZE to be drawn on the Riverfront Park stage just before the fireworks!


River Ruckus Beer & Wine Garden

Beer and wine list to be available very soon… hang in there!

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, Homemade Soup, Baklava, drinks
Kona Ice Shaved Ice with Do-It-Yourself Flavorwave
Chicken Connection Chicken fingers, hamburgers/cheeseburgers, and fries
Carter’s Ice Cream Homemade Ice Cream
Casa Blanca Burritos, Guacamole, Nachos, Chips & Salsa, Mexican Sodas

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 new 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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