JULY 3 | Red, White & BOOM!

The biggest and best Independence Day fireworks celebration in the Midwest will be fired from Veterans Memorial in downtown Columbus on July 3. Enjoy great food, live music, parade and fireworks at the annual celebration of Red, White & BOOM! Admission is free.

Do NOT claim your spot until after 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 2

The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is asking people to not “claim their spots” in any of the parks for Red, White & Boom prior to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2 as our Park Maintenance staff still have to maintain the parks prior to the event. Thus, if anyone places blankets, tarps, ropes, tents, canopies, caution tape, etc. prior to that time, it may be removed by department staff in order to complete mowing and trash pick-up cycles. In addition, all downtown parks have irrigation systems, and therefore, there is absolutely NO “staking” of any kind allowed. The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department sincerely appreciates everyone’s anticipated cooperation.

Boating Restrictions

Planning on boating during Red, White & BOOM!? Click HERE to read about watercraft restrictions for the event before heading out on the water.

Scioto Mile Fountain will be closed

The Scioto Mile Fountain presented by American Electric Power Foundation will close at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2 and will remain closed throughout Red, White & BOOM! on Wednesday, July 3. The Fountain will resume operation at 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 4.

Park restrooms will be closed

Bicentennial Park restrooms are not able to handle the high volume of usage during Red White & Boom!, however there are portable restrooms available throughout the event site. Please visit the Red, White and BOOM! website for more information or follow the link to the event map with restroom locations. http://www.redwhiteandboom.org/info/maps-directions/


Activities and live entertainment – 11:00 a.m.
Independence Day Parade – 6:00 p.m.
Fireworks – 10:00 p.m.


The Scioto Mile and Downtown Riverfront

For more information, go to http://www.redwhiteandboom.org.

FRIDAY | Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul, & Mary

As a successful artist and activist, Peter Yarrow’s talent is legendary.  From the trio Peter, Paul & Mary, Yarrow produced some of the most influential songs including “Puff the Magic Dragon,” “Day is Done,” and “Light One Candle.” Touring as a trio for nearly 10 years, the group separated in 1970 to pursue individual careers. After the split, Yarrow continued to write music and earned an Emmy Award for the television series based on “Puff the Magic Dragon.”

Yarrow’s work as a solo artist is stellar, turning any venue into a living room and encouraging the audience to change their part of the world.  Yarrow has earned many gold and platinum albums, been awarded numerous Grammy Awards, and nominated for several more. The most important aspect of Yarrow’s musical career is that he aims to bring the folk renaissance of the 1960s to the hearts and homes of the American public.

His musical creativity has always gone hand-in-hand with his commitment to social justice and equality in society. Since the 1960s, he has organized, produced and performed at charitable and political events. Yarrow founded Operation Respect in 2000, a nonprofit organization that aims to reduce school violence by teaching children respect for diversity. Yarrow believes that meaningful alterations in educational policy could play a critical role in preventing the next generation from bias and discrimination.

Through a peace-seeking initiative, Yarrow’s 50 years of activism has led him to believe that if people express their voices, they can become a powerful force to transform society. At the age of 73, Yarrow continues to focus on current issues that call him to activism while delivering memorable performances to audiences of all ages.

Joining Yarrow on Friday will be Mustard’s Retreat, a duo including David Tamulevich and Michael Hough. As short order cooks, they discovered a mutual interest for music and performing in 1974. One day after work, they put together three songs to perform at a local coffeehouse’s open mike night. Thirty-seven years later, they have nine highly acclaimed recordings of their own and have performed more than 4,000 shows. Together, Yarrow and Mustard’s Retreat are sure to bring an enjoyable show to Bicentennial Park.

6:30 p.m. – Food and beverage sales begin
8:00 p.m. – Performance



THIS FRIDAY (6/21) | Golden Dragon Acrobats

Recognized around the world as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today, the Golden Dragon Acrobats are sure to bring a performance of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty to Bicentennial Park. The Golden Dragon Acrobats continue to represent a time honored tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago. Through a combination of award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, authentic costumes, and a variety of music and effects, the Golden Dragon Acrobats never cease to amaze an audience.

Officially established in 1967 by Lien Chi Chang, the Golden Dragon Acrobats are currently produced by Danny Chang and choreographed by Angela Chang. Since 1985, the Golden Dragon Acrobats have performed in all 50 states and present about 200 shows each year across the U.S. The company is most honored to have performed in the nation’s capital, twice at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and for a six-week engagement at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C.

As a seven-time recipient of the National Association of Campus Activities Entertainer of the Year Award, the Golden Dragon Acrobats also received the honor of Campus Activities Today’s Performer of the Year. Most recently, the talented acrobats have been nominated for two prestigious New York Drama Desk Awards for their Broadway appearances.

The reputation of the company is rooted in their commitment to performance values and unparalleled attention to artistic detail. The Golden Dragon Acrobats pride themselves in dedication and that is evident based on the acclaim they receive worldwide.

6:30 p.m. – Food and beverage sales begin
8:00 p.m. – Performance



THIS FRIDAY | Booker T. Jones

Booker T. Jones is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Musicians Hall of Fame inductee, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and arguably the most famous Hammond B3 player in history. As leader of the legendary Booker T. & the MG’s, this pillar of soul music collaborated with Otis Redding, Albert King, Eddie Floyd and Sam and Dave during his tenure at the renowned Stax Records label. Since then, Booker has lent his trademark keyboard chops to artists as diverse as Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Neil Young and produced classic albums such as Willie Nelson’s triple platinum hit Stardust and Bill Withers’ Just As I Am featuring the hit song “Ain’t No Sunshine.” Booker’s 2009 solo release on Anti Records, Potato Hole won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album in 2010. Booker followed Potato Hole with The Road From Memphis, a soulful return to the classic Memphis sound recorded with The Roots and released in 2011 with Anti Records.

Booker will follow back-to-back Grammy wins for his previous two albums with Sound The Alarm out June 25 on Stax/Concord Music Group. This marks Booker’s return to Stax, a label revered for the gritty soul sound he helped create with Memphis’ first integrated band in the early ’60s, and features collaborations with some of the finest talents in modern soul and R&B including Mayer Hawthorne, Anthony Hamilton, Vintage Trouble, Estelle, Gary Clark, Jr., Luke James and more.

Sound The Alarm is a celebration of the past, present and future of R&B with flares of hip-hop bravado on the title track with Mayer Hawthorne and “Gently” with Anthony Hamilton, plus an explosive performance from Vintage Trouble’s Ty Taylor on “Your Love Is No Love.” Booker’s B3 is front and center, especially on instrumentals “Feel Good,” “Austin City Blues” with Gary Clark, Jr. and “Fun,” a joyous, pulsing jam. “Watch You Sleeping” features Bill Withers’ daughter Kori on a vocal duet with Booker, and an instrumental with his son Ted on guitar on “Father Son Blues” closes the album.

Booker T wrote or co-wrote all twelve songs on Sound The Alarm. He co-produced the album with brothers Bobby Ross and Issiah “IZ” Avila, who have worked with Usher and Mary J. Blige. The Avila brothers also play in the rhythm section on most of the tracks.

6:30 p.m. – Food and beverage sales begin
7:30 p.m. – Phil Clark & The Soul
9:00 p.m. – Booker T. Jones