Sunday marks unofficial start of Red White & BOOM!

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Half a million people will be in downtown Columbus Monday for one of the biggest Fourth of July festivals in central Ohio. Organizers called Sunday the unofficial start of Red White & BOOM! as a pre-start to the big celebration.

BOOM! draws in people from all over the country. This year, organizers got a jump on celebrating, starting with the charity 5K afterparty.

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Before Monday night’s fireworks show, take time out to honor American heroes at the Ford Oval of Honor parade. And before the night’s main event, enjoy street fair food, entertainment, and wait for the big show to begin. 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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