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Thunder over Louisville is a huge airshow and fireworks display held
each year in Louisville as the official start of the Kentucky Derby
festival, with the famous derby horse race coming a couple of weeks
later. The show has been taking place since 1989 and continues to expand
in popularity, with crowds over well over half a million crowding into
the riverside areas of the city to watch the spectacular fireworks and
the breathtaking aeronautical air displays.
With huge crowds gathering for such a large scale all day event the top recommendation for enjoying Thunder over Louisville is to pick a spot to watch from and get there early. Also give some thought to your food and drink requirements for the day, as well as bathroom locations, as getting moved around the area can be pretty tricky once the crowds build up!
The event gets underway around 12 noon, and there will be air displays throughout the afternoon, with the fireworks display usually kicking off around 9.30pm and lasting for about 30 minutes.
Popular viewing areas include:
Thunder Chow Wagon
North Great Lawn
Meijer family fun zone on West Belvedere
Big Four Bridge on East River Road
One of the best vantage points to be had is at the Thunder over Louisville VIP Rooftop Party, which offers all day long food and drink as well as the best views of the air show and the fireworks. Get your tickets for this event here:
VIP Rooftop Party
There is live TV and radio broadcast coverage of the event each year,
making it easy to watch live online streaming if you can't make it in
person. The official television broadcaster for Thunder over Louisville
this year is local network channel WRDB who will be broadcasting on
TV and via live stream in HD all day, right through until 11.30pm. You
can watch the webcast coverage live via their website:
WDRB Thunder over Louisville coverage
There is also live radio feed via local station WVEZ 106.9 PLAY, who will be broadcasting a live feed of the entire Thunder over Louisville soundtrack:
Louisville is generally busy throughout the Kentucky Derby festival, and in terms of sheer numbers the Thunder over Louisville weekend is the busiest time so we recommend you make your hotel reservation as soon as you can to get the best prices.
You can check availability and make reservations for local hotels here.
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