LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The stage is being set for what's called the nation's largest firework display. Thunder Over Louisville is just around the corner. While the forecast looks great, the recent rains have caused a bit of a mess on the Great Lawn.
"Hopefully we will have some dry weather before Saturday, so that some of the moisture can leave the area," said Mike Kimmel, Louisville Waterfront Development Corporation Deputy Director.
Kimmel says they've been watching the river closely and believes the entire lawn will be open for Thunder day.
"We shouldn't have any problem with grass being saturated," said Kimmel.
According to the National Weather Service currently the Ohio River is about five feet above normal. By Saturday it is supposed to go down at least two feet.
"There's everything that they could possibly need down here on the day of Thunder," said Kimmel.
That's including beefed up security. Kimmel says families should have no concerns as 1,100 law enforcement officers will be on the ground and in the air. On Tuesday some of the 26 new security cameras were being installed around the park.
This year more officers will be patrolling after recent mob attacks and serious threats.
"It's disappointing. It makes me angry that a few people might cause a lot of people not to use this great public resource that we have," said Jamie Paradis, who plans to attend Thunder.
People we talked to say they still plan to go to Thunder, but are glad for the extra police presence and permanent cameras.
"I think it is a great idea and I hope it is something positive that will be effective for the weekend and just forever, because it is important for people to feel safe," said Sonya Ferguson, another person planning to attend Thunder.
Police encourage everyone if you see something suspicious to tell one of the many officers.
For safety reasons the following are not permitted in the event area, which goes south from the Ohio River to Main Street between Clay Street and 10th Street and includes the Thunder Chow Wagon and North Great Lawn viewing area:
No Tents or canopies of any kind
No Tape, rope or pennant lines allowed
No glass bottles are allowed at the event site.
Picnic blankets (and tarps limited to 10′ x 10′) and lawn chairs are permitted.
Plastic bottles and food are permitted. There is also plenty of food and soft drink stands to take care of any needs you may have. Beer is available at the Chow Wagon at Waterfront Park, North Great Lawn, the West Belvedere Beer Garden and River Road Beer Garden.
No alcoholic beverages are allowed.
No bikes, skateboards or skates are allowed in the event venue. You will be asked to walk them in for pedestrian safety.
Please leave any pets at home.
Due to increased security – all persons and parcels are subject to search.