Parkersburg Homecoming Fireworks Aug. 19, 2017 Includes Blennerhassett Island State Park Events

Media Contact: Samantha Smith 304-957-9364

Contact: Pam Salisbury, Event Coordinator, 304-420-4800,

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park is offering two ways to enjoy the Parkersburg Homecoming Fireworks on Aug. 19, 2017. Guests may watch the fireworks from the park or from the Island Belle sternwheeler.

Those who wish to watch fireworks from the park’s riverbank seating area can take a Family Fireworks Adventure to Blennerhassett Island. Guests will be transported to the park at sunset from Civitan Park in Belpre, Ohio. The island snack stand, gift shop and restrooms will be open all evening. No alcohol is permitted. Boarding begins at 7:45 p.m., and passengers will be transported back to Civitan Park following the fireworks at 11 p.m. The Family Fireworks Adventure fee is $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 3 to 12. Reservations are required.

“Adventurers are encouraged to bring a flashlight and a lawn chair or blanket and join the fun,” said event coordinator Pam Salisbury.

A Family Fireworks Cruise allows guest to watch fireworks from the Island Belle sternwheeler. Boarding is at Civitan Park at 8:15 p.m. Passengers will cruise along the Ohio River, enjoy the sunset over Blennerhassett Island and finish the evening by watching the fireworks extravaganza. Light concessions will be available on the boat. Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $18 for children ages 3 to 12. The Island Belle will return to Civitan Park between 10:30 and 11 p.m. Reservations are required. Passengers will remain on the sternwheeler and will not stop or unload on the island.

To purchase tickets for Family Fireworks Adventure or Cruise, call 304-420-4800 or email