CBUStoday’s guide to Red, White & BOOM! in Columbus, Ohio

Your guide to Red, White & BOOM! | Photo by Designecologist via Pexels
Your guide to Red, White & BOOM! | Photo by Designecologist via Pexels

The largest firework display in the midwest is back and itโ€™s boominโ€™.

Red, White & BOOM! is on Fri., July 1 along the Scioto Riverfront where 400,000+ people will gather to watch the sky light up. Today, weโ€™re bringing you the hoosker doos and hoosker donโ€™ts of this massive fireworks display.

A map to find all the action in downtown | Map via Red, White & BOOM!
A map to find all the action in downtown | Map via Red, White & BOOM!

Boom basics ๐ŸŽ†

Now in its 40th year, RWB completely takes over downtown with two stages for music, food trucks, drink stands, and activities for kids. While itโ€™s totally free to watch the fireworks, VIP tickets are available which grant access to VIP Village. The VIP area is located south of COSI between Town Street and Washington Street โ€” and offers the closest view to the fireworks.

Know when to go ๐ŸŽ†

Fireworks start at 10 p.m., but this is the grand finale of an all day event. Hereโ€™s a quick look at some of the must-do events we think you should check out:

  • BOOM! Street Festival, 11 a.m. โ€” Browse 108 different vendors offering food, drinks, merchandise, and toys for kids.
  • Live music, 12 p.m. โ€” Listen to 14 local musicians across two stages, the Long Street Stage and the Bicentennial Stage, with late night performances after the fireworks.
  • BOOM! Parade, 5:30 p.m. โ€” Watch this parade step off from the E. Main Street Bridge and march towards Front Street followed by Spring Street.

Know where to watch ๐ŸŽ†

If you want to be right in the action, we recommend heading downtown. But, if you prefer to avoid the traffic jam afterwards, here are some watch spot alternatives: