Kicking off KDF: Thunder Over Louisville tips


Bryce Grant

Thunder Over Louisville, the second largest fireworks display in the country, will take place from 9:30-10:00 p.m. on Saturday April 13.

The airshow will begin at 3:00 p.m. over Waterfront Park

Thunder begins three weeks of the Kentucky Derby Festival (KDF) that all lead to the Kentucky Derby, on Saturday, May 4.

KDF highlights some of the best viewing spots that have free admission with the purchase of a 2019 Pegasus Pin.

If you are unable to purchase a Pegasus Pin, there are many other spots that can be accessed for free.

The Great Lawn is a popular spot that offers one of the closest views of the fireworks putting you between the Second Street Bridge and the Kennedy Memorial Bridge.

But if you want to secure a spot on the South Great Lawn, it’s best to arrive several hours before the firework show typically with over 500,000 people attending.

Iroquois Park offers a vantage point to view the fireworks without the crowds and traffic.

Riverside Drive in Jeffersonville, Indiana offers a close view of the fireworks with less traffic and people.

Waterfront Park is usually crowded but it offers a view right in front of the fireworks.

You can find vendors and portable restrooms all over Waterfront.

For information on road closures, Thunder etiquette, and other useful information, visit Thunder Over Louisville’s website.

If you’re unable to go to the displays, the airshow and fireworks will be broadcast on WAVE 3 starting at 2:30 p.m.