Red, White & BOOM! frequently asked questions

Other than downtown, are there other good vantage points from which to watch the fireworks?
Berliner Park – Southwest of downtown – 325 Greenlawn Avenue, Columbus, OH 43223

When is the earliest time I can go down to claim a spot from which to view the fireworks?
You can go down as early at July 2nd after 5pm. Please do no use stakes when marking your area. They will be removed.

What time does the Broad Street bridge close to pedestrian foot traffic?

The bridge will not close this year however it must remain clear until 8:30 p.m.

What is the parade route?

It kicks off at the corner of Main St. and 2nd St.; heads across the Main St. Bridge toward Front St.; turns north on Front St. and concludes at Spring St.

Where is the entertainment located this year?

The stages are located in Bicentennial Park, Taste of BOOM! (Nationwide Blvd.), Nationwide Blvd. (Near Nationwide Arena), and on Long St. (at the corner of Neil Ave.)

Are alcoholic beverages, portable grills (gas or charcoal), temporary pools or generators permitted?

NONE of the above are permitted on the event site. Alcohol may be purchased and consumed at Taste of BOOM! and on Nationwide Blvd. in the Arena District, on Long St., Civic Center Dr., Main St. and Washington Blvd.

Where are the fireworks being fired?

The fireworks launch site is in Genoa Park on the east side of COSI. The fireworks will still be shot over the river.

Can entertainment be added to any of the stages?

All stage line-ups have been filled. Please send promotional information to the following address to be considered in 2015 or 2016: 929 Harrison Avenue, Suite 303 Columbus, Ohio 43215.

Why is Red, White & BOOM! held on July 3?

Red, White & BOOM! is held on July 3 so it does not interfere with any of the Central Ohio communities’ firework displays and events on July 4.

When are the future dates of Red, White & BOOM!?

Friday, July 1, 2016
Monday July 3, 2017

Can I hold an event (i.e. reunion, wedding, birthday party) in conjunction with Red, White & BOOM!?

No. Red, White & BOOM! is not able to accommodate special provisions during the fireworks show because of numerous requests.

Is Red, White & BOOM! organized by the city?
No. Red, White & BOOM! is produce by Promotions One, Inc with great help from contributions and promotional support of the event sponsors.

Are boats allowed on the river?

Boats are permitted on the river, but not within the fireworks zone. The clear zone is maintained from the I670 overpass bridge to the Main St. Bridge. The boat ramps will be closed. All boating questions should be referred to the Columbus Recreation & Parks Department at 614-645-3300.

How long is the fireworks show?

The show will begin at 10 p.m. and will last for approximately 26 minutes.

Where are the best places to watch Red, White & BOOM!?

The best views will be at BicentennialPark, along Long St., Nationwide Blvd., Washington Blvd. and Civic Center. Spots will be taken quickly so it will be in your best interest to arrive early.

Is there a rain date for Red, White & BOOM!?

No. If the weather prevents Red, White & BOOM! from shooting the fireworks display at the designated time, every effort will be made to fire the show by midnight. However, if it is not possible, the fireworks exhibit will be canceled.

Will Red, White & BOOM! be re-broadcast on NBC4 after July 3?

Yes. The rebroadcast time for fireworks is 7 p.m. on July 4.

Where can I find information about construction around downtown Columbus?

You can visit for up-to-date information about construction that will affect Red, White & BOOM!

Can I bring a cooler?

Yes, you may bring a cooler. Please have your cooler labeled with your name and cell phone number. Because of security concerns any cooler unattended and not labeled may be confiscated by Columbus Police. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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