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It’s been 50 years since the Cuyahoga River burned, here’s how you can celebrate

Posted at 10:08 AM, Jun 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-21 19:30:29-04

CLEVELAND — The last time the Cuyahoga River caught fire was June 22, 1969. This week marks 50 years since that fire sparked an environmental movement.

There are events throughout the week and into the weekend to celebrate the cleanup of the water.

When the river caught fire, it wasn’t the first time it had happened but it was the first time the world paid attention. The fire helped create the Environmental Protection Agency.

Wednesday night there will be a unique way to see the water and the city—there’s an immersive lighting installation on the street car level of the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge on West Superior Avenue.

The event is free, but you will need a reservation. It begins at 8 p.m.

For more information or to see other events celebrating the river’s 50th anniversary, click here.

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