Remember the burn.
Riverfest commemorates the burning of the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge during the Civil War. On the last Sunday in June 1863, locals prevented Confederate troops from crossing the river and moving toward Harrisburg or Philadelphia by burning the longest covered bridge in the country. Confederate troops were forced to turn back and just three days later the Battle of Gettysburg erupted.
From dawn to dusk, riverfront activities will take place to celebrate the Susquehanna River’s place in America’s history; showcase our river’s recreation opportunities; and learn how to protect the river for generations to come. Events include the Bridge Burner Challenge Run & Kayak Race, Outdoor Expo, Riverfront Reenactment, Paddle the Battle Kayak Experience, Ignite Live Music Concert, & Lighting of the Bridge Piers!