The signature event for the weekend and for the 250th celebration occurs on Saturday, June 22 at Wheeling’s beautiful Heritage Port. To celebrate the 170th anniversary of the city’s iconic Suspension Bridge, a National Historic Landmark, a full day of activities are on tap with something to offer for all ages. Artists will be set up in various locations near the river to participate in a Plein Air painting event in which each of them will demonstrate their craft as they paint the historic bridge. Coloring pages and art activities will be available for children. Live music from several genres will be provided throughout the day on the stage, while storytellers will present interesting history and anecdotes about the Suspension Bridge. Cultural ambassadors in 19th century costumes will be on hand to interact with visitors, along with first-person historic character programs. Several delicious food options will be available as the celebration is being held in conjunction with the Ohio Valley Rib and Chicken Cook Off, and adult beverages can be enjoyed in the beer garden. Perhaps most exciting, a Gateway Clipper riverboat will be on hand to offer ticketed tours throughout the day and evening to provide a fun and unique perspective of the Bridge and the mighty Ohio River. As dusk falls, attendees will be treated to a robust fireworks display to finish the day.