Frequently Asked Questions

the festival & Fireworks display

Who organizes Red, White & BOOM!?

Red, White & BOOM! is an independent non-profit produced by Elmwood Consulting and primarily funded by BOOM’s four presenting sponsors, – Encova Insurance, NBC4, Pepsi, and WNCI 97.9.

How long is the fireworks show?

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

Where are the fireworks launched from?

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

Is there a rain date for BOOM!?

No. If the weather prevents Red, White, & BOOM! from shooting the fireworks show at the designated time of 10 p.m., every effort will be made to fire the show by midnight. However, if it is not possible, the fireworks show will be canceled.

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

Future dates to be announced.

the Parade & Music Entertainment

What streets are utilized for the parade route?

The parade route kicks off at the corner of Main St and 2nd St, turns north on Front St and concludes at Spring St.

Where are the music stages located?

The stages are located in Bicentennial Park and on Long St – at the corner of Hanover St.

Is musical entertainment still being booked?

All stage line-ups have been filled. To be considered for future BOOMS! Please send promotional information to PO Box 2816, Westerville, Ohio 43082.

Viewing Areas & TV Broadcasts

Where are the best viewing areas located?

The best BOOM! viewing areas are Bicentennial Park – along Long St, Spring St, Marconi Blvd., Washington Blvd., and Civic Center. Spots are on a first come first serve basis.

How early can I claim my spot?

Spots can be claimed as early as June 30 after 6 p.m. Anything placed before 6 p.m. on June 30 will be removed. Areas should be marked with items that don’t present a danger to the public. STAKES AND POSTS ARE PROHIBITED as they can cause damage to irrigation systems.

Are there any other areas to view BOOM! besides downtown?

Yes, Berliner Park – southwest of downtown – 325 Greenlawn Avenue Columbus, OH 43223.

Is BOOM!’s firework show played on television?

Yes, NBC4 broadcast the fireworks show live on television and online at nbc4i.com. A recording of the fireworks show is played on July 4 at 7 p.m.

Bridge Closures, Boats & Construction

What time does the Broad St. bridge close?

The bridge will close to vehicular traffic at 5:30 p.m.* and to pedestrian traffic at 9 p.m.* Viewing the fireworks from Broad St. bridge is prohibited. *Times are subject to change per CPD or CFD discretion

Are boats allowed on the river?

For information on boating please reach out to Columbus Recreation and Parks Scioto Mile, sciotomile.com.

Where can more information be found about construction around downtown Columbus?

For construction updates, please visit pavingtheway.org. You may also want to check out ohgo.com for current ODOT highway projects.