NEWPORT, Ky. — Fourth of July festivities are starting a day early for several Tri-State communities, including a new event at Newport on the Levee.

“Since the Coney Island event took place earlier on July 3, we thought this would be a great way to kick things off with a focus on Northern Kentucky,” said Amanda Johannemann, Director of Destination Marketing and Communications for MeetNKY.

Newport Blast is focused on family fun, but MeetNKY also hopes the event will provide a boost to nearby businesses.

Shiner’s hosts cornhole and beer pong tournaments, and a rubber duck race for the kids. The bar and restaurant opened in 2022.

“The gate attracted a lot of attention at first, but then the attention faded,” said owner Kevin Dailey.

He said other businesses are experiencing the same thing and are therefore working together to organize events and special promotions to attract people to the Levee.

“I often hear, ‘Oh, I haven’t been there in 15 years.’ A lot has changed in 15 years,” Dailey said.

Since it is the first time the event is taking place, they don’t know how much impact it will have.

“We believe that if you build it, they will come,” Johannemann said.

But the hope is that the event will become an annual tradition for families.

“People here, people seeing what we have to offer, it’s free marketing for us anyway,” Dailey said.

Click here for a complete list of July 4th events in the Tri-State.

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