Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and the Kentucky Derby!

By Jenny Hale, The Military Social Media Guru

Fort Knox is a great place to live in the spring.  First, you’re in horse country and the Kentucky Derby is held less than an hour away in Louisville, Kentucky! This is the biggest event of the year for the state attracting visitors from all over the country!  Leading up to the Derby is another big holiday for the city – St. Patrick’s Day.  Over the March, April, and May months, Kentucky is the place to be, and Fort Knox sits just outside of the heart of the events. Here is our list of things to do Fort Knox.

Things to do Fort Knox

St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is such a big deal in the Fort Knox area, that it’s celebrated for two weekends straight!  Double the celebrations!

  • The annual Patrick’s Day Parade in Louisville, Kentucky will be held on Saturday, 10 March 2018. The parade starts at 1500 and ends at 1800 Eastern Time.  The parade route takes place through “The Highlands” neighborhood in Louisville on Baxter Avenue.  Finish off March 10th and the weekend before celebration with local bands and bar events all along the parade route.
  • On 16 March, the Samuel Adams Brewhouse located on Fort Knox will be hosting a Shamrock Shuffle 5K at 1800.  The event costs $20 for those over 13, $15 for those from five to 12, and is free for those under five.  Pre-registration prior to 14 March with the Leisure Travel Services is encouraged, as day-of registration adds an additional $5 to your participation fee.
  • On St. Patrick’s Day, join Fort Knox in celebration at the Saber and Quill for a St. Patrick’s Day Party with trivia, karaoke, green beer, and an Irish menu.  There is no cover charge to attend and the event begins at 1830.
  • St. Patrick’s Day will be huge on 4th Street Live in Louisville, Kentucky.  4th Street features SHAMROCKED on 17 March, with a bar crawl.  The admission costs $11 and includes a t-shirt, mug, and the drink specials at participating restaurants and bars.  Howl at the Moon, Hard Rock Café, Tavern on Fourth, The Sports and Social Club, PBR Louisville, and more will be participating.
  • Some of the best bars in Louisville will also be hosting events too on St. Patrick’s Day.  Check out Molly Malone’s in St. Mathews, hosting a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, and Baxter’s 942 Bar and Grille, hosting an AC/DC tribute band.   O’Shea’s Public House will also be having live music and traditional Irish food.

The Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is huge for Louisville and for anyone spending their first year in the area, it is an absolute must.

  • Events surrounding the Kentucky Derby start well before the Derby and continue after. The big start to Derby is Thunder Over Louisville.  An air show begins at 1500 and fireworks start at 2130 on 21 April.  This is a don’t miss event for the region and the city becomes packed!
  • From 27 April to 4 May, Fest-a-ville is held on the waterfront. It features multiple events over the course of each day leading up to the Derby, including the waterfront concert series, the Hot Air Balloon Fests, and many other events.  The festival also has food and vendors.
  • On 2 May, Louisville has the Great Steamboat Race down the Ohio River. You can purchase tickets for The Belle of Louisville boat or the Belle of Cincinnati and join the food, entertainment, and bourbon tastings.
  • On 3 May, Louisville hosts The Pegasus Parade. The parade is led by the “Peggy Bank” inflatable balloon down Broadway Street.  The parade lasts two hours and has featured celebrity grand marshals in past years, including Diane Sawyer, Loretta Lynn, KFC’s Colonel Sanders, and Muhammad Ali.
  • Derby Week at Churchill Downs is the main week for horse racing in the area. Opening night is Saturday 28 April, followed by Dawn at the Downs 1 – 3 May, which allows viewers to watch Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders conduct morning workouts. Derby Week racing is the 1st and 2nd, followed by Thurby on Thursday, featuring music and 11 races throughout the day.  Friday features the Kentucky Oaks, the fourth highest attended horse race in the U.S.  All of this leads up to the grand finale, the Kentucky Derby on 5 May.  You don’t want to miss this event!

There is so much to do in Louisville during these exciting spring holidays and events.  Enjoy exploring the areas surrounding Fort Knox and the great things you can do here!

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PCSgrades Author: Jenny Hale is a civilian working with the military at Fort Knox. When she’s not working as a military marketing strategist for military spouse and veteran entrepreneurs, she spends her free time traveling and exploring the south and mid-west. After moving six times to four states in two years, Fort Knox is the longest location Jenny has stayed at, falling in love with the community and activities available in the area.