Thunder Day MapThunder Over Louisville, the official  kickoff for the Kentucky Derby Festival, is is this Saturday, April 22. Here’s what you need to know:

Air Show starts at 3:00PM 
Fireworks start at 9:30PM

The Louisville Metro Police Department advises Thunder patrons to plan ahead when determining a parking strategy for Thunder Over Louisville. Park as far away as you can comfortably walk and plan on parking in areas that will get you headed in the direction of town you intend to go.

In Downtown Louisville, there are more than 52,000 public parking, off-street spaces within a 10-block walk to the River.  For more information on garage and lot locations visit one of these websites at: www.riversideparking.com/locations.html or www.louisvilleky.gov/PARC/ or contact the Parking Authority of River City (PARC) at (502) 587-PARK.

RV PARKING:  Riverside Parking: RV and camper parking $200.00 to $300.00. Call (502) 584-2459.

The following streets will be closed at the following times:

10 am (Friday, April 21, 2017) – 2 pm (Sunday, April 23, 2017)

  • River Road from Bingham Way to Sixth Street
  • Bingham Way west from Witherspoon Street (Joe’s Crab Shack) to River Road

1 pm (Friday, April 21, 2017) – 9 am (Sunday, April 23, 2017)

  • Witherspoon Street from Preston Street to Brook Street
  • Floyd and Washington North closed – only open to residents
  • River Road from Preston Street to Witherspoon Street

12 am (Saturday, April 22, 2017) – 9 am (Sunday, April 23, 2017)

  • Ramp from westbound Interstate 64 to Third Street  (cannot turn east or west on River Road)
  • Ramp from Second Street to eastbound Interstate 64

9 am (Saturday, April 22, 2017) – 1 am (Sunday, April 23, 2017)

(Local traffic and pass traffic will be allowed provided there are no pedestrian safety issues. Residents and businesses within the closure area will need to contact LMPD Support Operations (502-574-7565) for passes.)

  • River Road from Witherspoon Street to Preston Street
  • Frankfort Avenue from River Road to Story Avenue (local and Vehicle Impoundment Lot traffic only)
  • Witherspoon Street from Brook Street to Second Street
  • Witherspoon Street from Preston Street to Adams Street
  • Washington Street from First Street to Second Street
  • Preston Street from Main Street to Witherspoon Street
  • Floyd Street from Main Street to Witherspoon Street
  • Brook Street from Main Street to Witherspoon Street
  • First Street from Main Street to Witherspoon Street
  • Second Street from Main Street to River Road
  • Third Street from Main Street to River Road (access will be allowed to parking garages)

9 pm (Saturday, April 22, 2017) – 1 am (Sunday, April 23, 2017)

  • Market Street from Sixth Street to 10th Street will be reversed from eastbound traffic to westbound traffic

6 pm – 11:30 pm (Saturday, April 22, 2017)

  • Ramp from Muhammad Ali Boulevard to Interstate 65 northbound

9 pm – 11:30 pm (Saturday, April 22, 2017)

  • Interstate 65 northbound from Interstate 264 (Watterson Expressway) to Interstate 64
  • Interstate 65 southbound from Interstate 265 (Indiana) to Interstate 64
  • Interstate 64 westbound from Interstate 264 (Watterson Expressway) to 22nd Street
  • Interstate 64 eastbound from Interstate 264 (Shawnee Expressway) to Interstate 65
  • Interstate 71 southbound from Interstate 264 (Watterson Expressway) to Interstate 65

Clark Memorial Bridge (Second Street Bridge) Closures

Thursday, April 20, 2017 9:30 am – Midnight
Friday, April 21, 2017 All day
Saturday, April 22, 2017 All day
Sunday, April 23, 2017 Midnight – 2 pm

Emergency Route

Only authorized emergency vehicles can use the following routes from 6:30 pm on Saturday, April 22, 2017:

  • Muhammad Ali Boulevard from Roy Wilkins Boulevard (9th Street) to Clay Street
  • Second Street from Main Street to Jacob Street
  • Northbound Second Street traffic will be diverted at Breckenridge Street