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Celebrate 4/20 in style with 502 Hemp Wellness Center at Thunder Over Louisville. | Photo provided by 502 Hemp Wellness Center
What could possibly make Thunder Over Louisville even better? This year, the event will be held on Saturday, April 20 (yes, that’s tomorrow).

The 35th annual festival will illuminate Derby City’s skies with spectacular fireworks displays, air shows, and drone formations to kick off the Kentucky Derby Festival with a bang. It happens to fall on 4/20 — making it even more special.

Here’s what not to miss during the day-long event:

✈️ Elevate your experience

502 Hemp Wellness Center is the only official CBD + hemp products partner of the Kentucky Derby Festival — so grab your best buds and elevate your experience.

Stop by 502 Hemp’s booth at Thunder Over Louisville to shop for high-quality CBD and hemp-derived products designed to help Louisvillians soothe, de-stress, and reach new heights. They will have a multitude of legal products available, including their award-winning DZD8 or DZD9 edibles. Prepare to blast off into fun, but remember that a little bit goes a long way, and you must be 21+ to purchase.

Although pets can’t attend the festival, they can probably hear it at home. 502 Hemp can help your four-legged family relax, too. Their Mireya Extracts, CBD for pets, is designed to help dogs + cats chill out — especially during anxiety-provoking events like loud air shows and fireworks displays, even for thunderstorms.

Want to plan ahead? Shop in-person or online. Pro tip: Use code “420fun” to save 25% on your entire purchase, now through April 22. (Hint: This sale only happens once a year.)

🎆 Festival must-dos

Make your way to Waterfront Park for:
  • Thunder On the Ground | All day | Enjoy bites from 115+ food and drink vendors, numerous activities in the Family Fun Zone, and a beer garden. Don’t forget to snag your fireworks viewing spot.
  • Air Show | 3 p.m. | This year’s lineup features both military and civilian aircraft.
  • Drone & Night Show | 9 p.m. | More than 300 drones will fly over the Ohio River in different formations.
  • Fireworks | 9:30 p.m. | This spectacular lights show is choreographed to an original soundtrack every year.
†Please note: Legalities in your state may vary. 502 Hemp Wellness Center advises consumers to read the company’s terms and conditions, consult a physician before trying products, start only with small amounts, and to not consume products before driving or before a drug test. The information about providers and services contained in this newsletter does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by LOUtoday.
 
 
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Friday, April 19
  • Kentucky Derby Festival Luncheon | Friday, April 19 | 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Galt House East Grand Ballroom, 140 N. 4th St., Louisville | $130 | Hear boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard speak to kick off the Kentucky Derby Festival.
  • Dusty Slay: “The Night Shift Tour” | Friday, April 19 | 7 p.m. | Kentucky Center for the Arts, 501 W. Main St., Louisville | $41.83-$53.53 | Get a laugh from this standup comedian, who has a 30-minute special available on Netflix.
Saturday, April 20
  • Thunder Over Louisville on the Belle | Saturday, April 20 | 3-10 p.m. | Belle of Louisville, 401 W. River Rd, Louisville | $199.99 | Enjoy a BBQ buffet before taking in the Thunder Over Louisville fireworks from the deck of Derby City’s most famous watercraft.
  • Thunder Over Joe’s | Saturday, April 20 | 3:30-11 p.m. | Joe’s Crab Shack, 131 W. River Rd., Louisville | $150-$275 | Claim a front-and-center spot to view Thunder, at this waterfront restaurant.
  • Spirits, Squatches, and Stories Around the Campfire | Saturday, April 20 | 7 p.m.-2 a.m. | Fort Duffield Park & Historic Site, US 31W/Dixie Highway at Salt River Rd., West Point | $50 | Enjoy a cookout before gathering around the campfire for ghastly stories from this Civil War-era fort.
Sunday, April 21
  • Wildflower Walk: Mid-Season Woodland Beauties | Sunday, April 21 | 1:30-3 p.m. | Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, 2075 Clermont Rd., Clermont | $10-$15 | Learn about wildflower adaptation, ecology, folklore, uses, and history as you take a stroll.
Monday, April 22
  • Coffee & Conservation | Monday, April 22 | 9-10 a.m. | Waterfront Botanical Gardens, 1435 Frankfort Ave., Louisville | Free | Sip your morning coffee while you hear from the Louisville Metro Department of Public Works about preventing food waste — $5 donation suggested.
Saturday, April 27
  • Wine, Whiskey & Ale Fest | Saturday, April 27 | 3-8 p.m. | Shepherdsville First Street Park, 1100 West First St., Shepherdsville | $10 | This ultimate tasting experience features vendors including James B. Beam Distilling Co., Forest Edge Winery, and Gallant Fox Brewing Co., plus live music, food trucks, and yard games.*
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The YMCA could be a great way for your child to enter the workforce. Beyond simply earning a paycheck, working at the Y offers invaluable opportunities for personal growth + development in a safe and supportive environment.

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News Notes
 
Arts
  • A new sculpture depicting an influential Louisvillian is now on display in downtown Louisville. The bronze sculpture of Humana founder David Jones, Sr. is located outside the company’s Waterside Building (201 N. Brook St.). It was created by artist Ed Hamilton — you may have heard of him. (WHAS11)
Biz
  • Five Iron Golf, a new indoor golf venue coming to NuLu, is set to open on Monday, April 22. The 9,000-sqft facility is located at 836 E. Market St. and will feature 10 golf simulators and two outdoor patios. It’s not the only business that’s coming soon to LOU.
History
  • A planned Revolutionary War museum in downtown Louisville is closer to becoming a reality, thanks to state funding. The Kentucky General Assembly allocated $5 million to The Sons of the American Revolution, a national organization headquartered in Louisville. The organization hopes to open its museum by June 2026. (Louisville Business First)
Outdoors
  • Workers have broken ground on a $5 million project at The Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood. The Castle Gardens Project will build new gardens + water features around Yew Dell’s castle. Construction is set to be completed next year. (WLKY)
Louisvillian
  • The Muhammad Ali Center has some new memorabilia to display after the WWE inducted “The Greatest” into its Hall of Fame. The pro wrestling organization delivered a ring + two medals to the Ali Center earlier this month following the ceremony.
Plan Ahead
  • The Ultimate Fighting Championship is set to return to Derby City this summer for the first time in 13 years. The mixed martial arts event will take place on Saturday, June 8 at the KFC Yum! Center. Details, including which fighters will participate + ticket information, are TBD.
Sports
  • Louisville running back Peny Boone is leaving the Cards’ football program. Get game coverage, analysis, insights, interviews, and more from local experts of the Louisville Cardinals with Locked On’s daily podcasts.
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    Have you decided where you’ll be watching Thunder Over Louisville tomorrow? I’m thinking I might find my way down to Lynn Family Stadium to check out Racing Louisville before the show. There’s the potential for a record crowd for the game — talk about fireworks.
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