Celebrating Derby Day, Even If It’s Not, Well, Derby Day

And they’re off……

The Derby may be postponed, but Kentuckians can still observe the first Saturday in May! We like to think of Derby Day as a state of mind and a celebration of our rich history. We’re helping to kickstart your Derby Day party at home with your family with our favorite ways to celebrate the Run for the Roses during this time of social distancing.

  1. Serve drinks to your family that ooze southern. Think sweet tea, lemonade and Mint Juleps!
  2. Derby Day brunch wouldn’t be complete without southern cheese grits, sliced apples baked with cinnamon and a little Kentucky bourbon, biscuits (from the can, we won’t tell) and country ham, then top it off with a slice of chocolate and pecan pie (the name of which escapes us… ha!);
  3. Download a playlist to include:
    • My Old Kentucky Home (John Prine)
    • Kentucky Woman (Neil Diamond)
    • Run for the Roses (Dan Fogelberg)
    • The Race Is On (George Jones)
    • Beer for My Horses (Toby Keith & Willie Nelson)
    • Kentucky Gambler (Merle Haggard)
  4. Guys, dress in your Derby best seersucker and bow tie. Ladies, go big and stay home in a large hat or fascinator.  And on a positive note, your stiletto heels won’t sink into the mud in case of rain.
  5. The most important element of a Derby Day party? Spending time with those you hold dear. Break out the yard games and enjoy time together!

Horse racing enthusiasts can enjoy the thrill of Thoroughbred racing right here in Henderson, Kentucky at Ellis Park. With free admission and a family-friendly atmosphere, the tradition of Ellis Park has been strong since 1922, and the future of the track is brighter than ever. For the most up-t0-date information, follow our friends at Ellis Park on Facebook.