Kentucky is the gateway to the South, with a hospitable ambiance and loads of arts, culture and outdoor activities for both residents and guests to enjoy. You may think of horse racing or bourbon when you imagine Kentucky living – but what about Kentucky-style fireworks?! Of course, pyrotechnic displays are always a top pick for fun with family and friends, and the state of Kentucky obliges with lots of holidays, sporting events and festivals that feature amazing Kentucky fireworks shows.
One most well-known events in the state is the Kentucky Derby, an annual thoroughbred horse race in Louisville that’s part of the sport’s Triple Crown. For firework fans, the event isn’t just about the fast horses and socialites in big hats; it’s also about the firework shows that are part of the festivities. Thunder Over Louisville is part of the opening ceremonies of the Kentucky Derby Festival, a dazzling way to start off the two week celebration that takes place all over Louisville. Zambelli Internationale and Visual Presentations put on the show that is attended by more than one-half a million people and launches nearly 60 tons of firework shells! Thunder Over Louisville is a Kentucky fireworks display you won’t want to miss if you are in the Kentucky area during May.
For Independence Day, Louisville pumps up the patriotism with lots of festivals, fairs and firework shows. Spread out blankets on the Great Lawn to watch the Waterfront Independence Festival, another firework show put on by Zambelli Fireworks Extravaganza. The Louisville Orchestra Independence Day Celebration is another great firework event featuring toe-tapping tunes such as marches by John Philip Sousa and the patriotic "1812 Overture." Fireworks are shot off from a floating barge on the Ohio River. In Lexington, the renowned Zambelli Fireworks Internationale puts on a 20-minute July 4th showstopper called ‘Red, White and Boom!’ In Bowling Green, the local Kiwanis Club sponsors the 2011 Citizens First Thunderfest Independence Day Celebration, always a thumbs up from spectators.
For more than 30 years, Light Up Louisville has brought dazzling lights to the downtown area. The event features a holiday parade, a visit from Santa, seasonal music, charity toy collections and after the official tree lighting, a fabulous winter season firework show. To wind down the holiday season and ring in the New Year, there are many firework shows across Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green and other towns that will put folks in a festive mood.
When heading out to Kentucky fireworks shows, it’s always a smart idea to check in with your hotel concierge or the Kentucky Visitor Center beforehand for firework watching opportunities that are on the calendar. Always on the pulse of what is happening all over the city, including firework shows, you’ll find quick and accurate information from these arts and entertainment resources. Kentucky, from big town to little city, is a special place to watch fireworks embellish out the night sky. The fireworks in Kentucky are spectacular; you create life-long memories enjoying the beautiful bursts.