Thunder over Louisville details. Parking, viewing, etc.
Thunder is, I am told, the largest fireworks display in the US. It is really incredible, especially when viewed from the nearby Waterfront. It is preceded by an afternoon air show, with lots of interesting planes (often including a stealth bomber, which is just incredible to see). There are several alternative ways to see Thunder. Most people -- and the crowds are indeed enormous -- bring picnic blankets and folding chairs to the waterfront, and arrive early to stake out their territory. Nearby restaurants with a suitable view charge hundreds of dollars for a table. The disadvantage of viewing from the waterfront is getting home afterwards. We live in Louisville and it took us three hours to get home, since traffic is intense and routed in the wrong direction for us. An alternative, mentioned by another person, is to rent a downtown hotel room for the night. Some people watch from a boat, although that can be dangerous because there are lots of boats and lots of alcohol consumption (causing at least one death that I know of). Watching from upriver is possible but still inconvenient, since lots of people do that. I suspect that watching from upriver is less satisfactory that watching on TV. Finally, if you plan to book a hotel room or a restaurant table, book as early as you can, since I'm sure demand is high.
Ok. He got back with me and said River Road and the Boat Ramp are other areas that are likely to be less crowded for viewing.
I've never been myself, but have heard the number of people is incredible. My brother lives outside of Louisville and said the traffic is a nightmare.
There's an FAQ section on their website that provides parking and viewing information.
If you're staying in town and don't want to go anywhere else during the event, it might be best to just stay downtown and walk from your hotel. Otherwise, I'd imagine you could expect to park and walk for quite a distance. Another option would be to stay and/or view from the Indiana side; but, I would only do that if you didn't have to try to go back through Louisville at the end of the event.
I've asked my brother for some additional tips, and will get back to you once I hear from him.
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