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Details were released today for the return of the Louisville Orchestra Waterfront 3rd … fueled by Thorntons. The event is free and open to the public.
LOWF3rd will feature a full Louisville Orchestra concert on the Great Lawn conducted by Teddy Abrams, the Fifth Third Family Fun Zone, and food and fireworks over the Ohio River. The concert will include patriotic favorites, as well as a special guest performance by garage rockers Houndmouth, a nationally acclaimed act with local roots in New Albany, Indiana, and soulful singer Callie Day. Also featured will be two original scores by the #SingfortheCity contest winners. A fireworks display sponsored by the Louisville Bats will top off the evening, accompanied by the Louisville Orchestra. The event will take place on Sunday July 3rd as the anchor for a busy weekend of activities in the Louisville Waterfront neighborhood.
The family-friendly event will open at 5pm with a variety of activities produced by popular arts and cultural attractions in the Fifth Third Family Fun Zone. Families are encouraged to bring one recyclable item from home (example: a plastic water bottle), which will be transformed into a keepsake musical instrument. Children will later be invited to use their newly-made musical instruments to join in with the Louisville Orchestra creating a unique Fifth Third Landfill Orchestra experience. Other family activities will be provided by the Kentucky Science Center, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Friends of the Waterfront, WUOL’s Summer Listening Program, The Boys and Girls Club of Kentuckiana, and the Jug Band Jubilee, among others. These activities will occur from 5-8pm.
Joining LOWF3rd in one of the busiest weekends of the year at Waterfront Park, the Louisville Bats have a game at Slugger Field on July 3rd, and they are joining LOWF3rd as the sponsor of that evening’s fireworks show. Louisville City FC will sponsor fireworks after their game on Monday, July 4th. The Belle of Louisville has cruises on both the 3rd and 4th, which offer the opportunity to enjoy both nights’ fireworks from the deck of the oldest operating Steamboat in the country. On Saturday, July 2, the Vintage Urban Flea Market will bring its Fleur de Flea back to the Festival Plaza, free and open to the public.
Visitors to the LOWF3rd will also enjoy ongoing live music on the main stage beginning at 5:00 p.m., upscale festival food by Festival Cuisine, the Leinenkugal Summer Shandy Beer Garden, and the Old Forester Red, White & Blue Bourbon Bar. The festival menu will include offerings to appeal to the discriminating foodie, including beef brisket, Kimchi tacos, bbq ribs, and vegetarian Greek salads, as well as traditional festival favorites like corn dogs and funnel cakes.
At 8:30 p.m., the Louisville Orchestra will take the stage with patriotic favorites, classics and new works for Orchestra and a brand new musical finale to accompany the fireworks display at approximately 10pm.
Additional LOWF3rd amenities will include a modern photo booth sponsored by Thorntons and free ice cold Louisville Pure Tap water provided by the Louisville Water Company. Visitors can bring their own re-fillable container or purchase a B.P.A free refillable container from Louisville Water Step and receive free water. Bicycling to the event is encouraged and there will be ample bicycle parking. Visitors with mobility issues and an appropriate hang tag can be dropped off curbside at the dancing waters along Witherspoon Street.
Thorntons is joined by more than 25 community partners whose contributions are critical to providing this free event to the community. These partners include: Louisville Metro, Louisville Orchestra, Waterfront Development Corporation, Courier Journal, Fifth Third Bank, Galt House Hotel & Suites, Louisville City FC, WHAS 11, The Louisville Bats, Louisville Downtown Partnership, Greater Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau, LG&E, Brown-Forman Corporation & Old Forester, River City Distributing & Leinenkugal’s Summer Shandy, Yum! Foundation and KFC, Waterside at RiverPark Place, WUOL Classical 90.5, Belle of Louisville, Bearnos Pizza, Friends of the Waterfront, Simon Signs, Boys and Girls Club of Kentuckiana, Jug Band Jubilee, Kentucky Science Center, Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Nugent Sand Company, Louisville Water Company