A scene from last year's Waterfront Fourth | Photo by Frankie Steele/Louisville Orchestra
A scene from last year’s Waterfront Fourth | Photo by Frankie Steele/Louisville Orchestra

For the second year, the Louisville Orchestra is partnering with the city of Louisville, the Waterfront Development Corporation and Thorntons to bring the community a free evening of music and fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July. Titled “Louisville Orchestra Waterfront 3rd,” or LOWF3rd as the kids say, the event takes place at Waterfront Park from 5-10 p.m. on Sunday, July 3.

Festivities include upscale festival food; adult beverages available at the Leinenkugel Summer Shandy Beer Garden or the Old Forester Red, White & Blue Bourbon Bar; the Fifth Third Family Fun Zone; and live music by Teddy Abrams and the Louisville Orchestra, Houndmouth, Callie Day and the #SingfortheCity contest winners Carly Johnson and Justin Lewis.

The free event runs from 5-10 p.m. on Sunday, July 3. | Courtesy of Louisville Orchestra
The free event runs from 5-10 p.m. on Sunday, July 3. | Courtesy of Louisville Orchestra

Earlier this year, Abrams put out a call for local artists to submit videos of themselves singing an original song and use the hashtag #SingfortheCity. He then chose two winners to perform at Sunday’s event along with the orchestra.

“I am very excited to be able to bring a new element to this celebration,” Abrams said in a press release. “We had a wonderful amount of talent apply … These two local musicians put their music to the test and succeeded! We are at this moment working with the professional arranger, Brad Ritchie, to orchestrate these two songs, and the city will hear them for the first time.”

Waterfront Development Corp.’s president David Karem said this weekend is one of the busiest for the park — with Belle of Louisville cruises and Louisville Bats games as well — and he is thankful for the community partners who stepped up to make it happen.

“One of the most powerful moments for me in my time at the Waterfront was the opening of the concert in 2015,” said Karem. “Teddy Abrams led the Louisville Orchestra performance of the National Anthem, and it gave me chills. This is precisely the experience our community deserves to enjoy at our Waterfront, and we are incredibly grateful to the more than 25 organizations that have … (offered) their financial and in-kind support to provide this great event for Louisville and the commonwealth.”

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Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle (barbelleblog.com). She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."