Best Places to Watch Thunder Over Louisville Fireworks

Fireworks and Louisville skyline at dusk
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Thunder Over Louisville draws more than half a million spectators every year. Though the Thunder Over Louisville fireworks show can be seen all over Downtown Louisville, not every spot will be a great place to watch the show and hear the music. If you want to enjoy the annual fireworks show to its fullest, then you're going to need to know the best places to watch Thunder Over Louisville. Also, keep in mind these Top 5 Thunder Over Louisville Tips if you are heading downtown. It is worth seeing, but Thunder is a busy day full of people, attend prepared.

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    The Galt House

    Though there are many hotels on the riverfront strip that offer great views of the Thunder Over Louisville fireworks, the Galt House definitely has the best placement for the show. If you're on a high enough balcony, the fireworks explode right in front of your eyes. Unfortunately, tickets for the riverfront rooms at the Galt House during Thunder Over Louisville sell out at nearly a decade in advance, but it's definitely worth planning ahead -- the Galt House Thunder Over Louisville experience is like no other!

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    Waterfront Park

    If you're going to watch Thunder Over Louisville from the riverfront, then you'll want to make sure that you're as close to the Second Street Bridge as possible. Waterfront Park is one of the best places to watch Thunder Over Louisville -- many vendors are there selling food and drinks, there are portable restrooms around every corner, and you'll be able to hear all of the Thunder Over Louisville music and Air Show commentary. 

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    Jeffersonville, Indiana

    Another one of the best places to watch Thunder Over Louisville is in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Jeffersonville is on the other side of the Second Street Bridge, and traffic and crowds there are generally less condensed than they are on the Louisville side. Most of the areas on the Jeffersonville side of the Second Street Bridge are private property, though there are some good pedestrian areas on Riverside Drive. Some of the riverfront restaurants in Jeffersonville also offer reserved Thunder Over Louisville balcony tables for the show.

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    If you want to watch Thunder Over Louisville but aren't interested in dealing with the crowds or traffic, then you may want to try watching the show from the top of Iroquois Park. From there you can see all of the fireworks, and if you bring a radio, you can hear the music soundtrack as well. The show won't bee the same as watching it from downtown, but it's a good alternative as a means of avoiding the other 500,000 Thunder spectators.

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    Special Events

    One of the best places to watch Thunder Over Louisville is at one of the special Thunder Over Louisville events that are hosted all over Kentuckiana by restaurants and businesses close to the river. If you prefer a smaller crowd, private restrooms, and catered food and don't mind spending some money on these amenities, then a Thunder Over Louisville special event is probably the best choice for you.

    Note: Jessica Elliott's article was edited by a current expert. November, 2016.