Boom Is Back

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Get ready for the 36th annual Red, White & Boom! to take over downtown Columbus.

The daylong celebration along the Scioto riverfront will be held Friday, July 1. (Boom is never held July 4 to avoid competing with suburban fireworks, and it's also not held on weekends-hence the early date this year.)

In addition to a high-impact fireworks show, there's plenty of other activity on tap, including a children's area, a parade, food vendors and on-stage entertainment.

The Columbus Gas Children's Park will be open from noon to 8 p.m. at the corner of Neil Avenue and Long Street. For the sixth year, the area will offer interactive activities for all ages, including inflatables, a dunk tank, COSI on Wheels, Columbus Blue Jackets Slap Shot, face painting and more.

Taste of Boom, which features various food vendors, will be held along Arena District streets from 3 to 11 p.m. The parade steps off at 6 p.m. from the Main Street Bridge and follows a one-mile route north on Front Street before ending at Front and Spring streets. Fireworks are scheduled to start at 10 p.m.

For more information, including the entertainment schedule, parade route and road closures, go to