Thunder Over Louisville is such a massive show, it can be seen from just about anywhere in the Downtown Louisville area and Southern Indiana waterfront. Even some of the hills of local parks offer stunning views of the fireworks. However, if you want to fully appreciate the show, you need to be in eyesight of the Second Street Bridge. This is the stage for one of Thunder's signature effects, the fireworks waterfall. The entire bridge serves as a backdrop for this dramatic effect that is always a show highlight.
Waterfront Park on the Louisville side is probably the most preferred viewing location. The best part is that it's absolutely free public viewing for Thunder. The Derby Festival provides vending units and portacans (Thunder Pots!) along River Road. Park as far away from the park as you can comfortably walk. This will help you get out of the traffic that is just a fact of life with the show. Please be patient when exiting. Remember, around 500,000 of your closest friends and neighbors are trying to leave the venue at exactly the same time you are!
The Derby Festival Chow Wagon at Waterfront Park will have additional entertainment on the Talent Stage. The Waterfront Park location admission is free with a Pegasus Pin ($3 sponsorships available at the gate) and offers the shortest lines to food, beverage and Thunder Pots! Listen to live music in between your favorite air show acts. The Chow Wagon also offers air show commentators and the fireworks music soundtrack over the Thunder Sound System.
Official Website: http://www.thunderoverlouisville.org/
Added by folkie on June 8, 2009