Team Haverhill Cancels This Year’s River Ruckus Because of COVID-19 Concerns

Team Haverhill President Kevin Burke addresses the Haverhill City Council. (WHAV News file photograph.)

River Ruckus, Team Haverhill’s downtown event for the past 10 years, is being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A subcommittee has been working for the last two months in the anticipation of celebrating River Ruckus’ tenth anniversary in September.

River Ruckus Chair Joseph LeBlanc said in an announcement released late last night, “Our subcommittee of incredibly hard-working volunteers were determined to make this year’s festival the best ever. Unfortunately, the pandemic presented us with too many public health challenges. Regretfully, it’s just not possible to do it this year, but we’re looking forward to seeing everyone in 2021.”

Since 2010, tens of thousands of attendees have enjoyed the classic car show, children’s activities, local food, beer garden, local and national music acts and the biggest fireworks display north of Boston. It has become the most popular festival in the city.

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