All the Details on Red, White & BOOM!


UPDATE 6/30/2016 – An important note about river access:
With the recent rain storms, the cable supporting the buoys near the Greenlawn Avenue Dam on the Scioto River was broken due to swift water.  In addition, the river’s water levels are very high, with a swift current and low visibility of the Greenlawn Dam, making boating on the river dangerous at this time. As a result, the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department (CRPD) and Columbus Metro Parks have closed the launch ramp in Scioto Audubon Park. 


Festival season is in full swing, and Red, White & BOOM! will energize downtown Columbus with a day of music, food, activities and of course – fireworks. The Scioto Mile provides an outstanding backdrop for one of the largest displays of Independence Day fireworks in the Midwest. The event begins Friday, July 1 at noon. For more information, a full schedule of performances and a list of activities, visit You won’t want to miss it!

WHAT: Red, White & BOOM!
WHEN: Friday, July 1 | noon to 11 p.m.
WHERE: Downtown Riverfront

Scioto Mile FOUNTAIN and Park information:

  • The Scioto Mile Fountain will be turned off Thursday, June 30 at 6 p.m. and will resume operation Saturday, July 2 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Bicentennial Park restrooms will be closed on July 1 during Red, White & BOOM!
  • Genoa Park will be closed to the public from Monday, June 27 through Saturday, July 2 for fireworks operations.


  • Public set-up for Red, White & BOOM! may begin at 5 p.m. on June 30. Anything placed before 5 p.m. on June 30 will be collected and taken to Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Dr.
  • To keep your parks beautiful, we request that personal canopies, tarps and blankets not be set-up until July 1.
  • Areas should be marked with items that don’t present a danger to the public. STAKES AND POSTS ARE PROHIBITED as they pose a danger to playing children and can cause damage to irrigation systems.


  • Beginning Monday, June 27, the trail on the west side of the Scioto River between the Rich St./Town St. Bridge and Broad Street Bridge will be closed until Saturday, July 2.
  • Beginning Thursday June 30, the trail on the east side of the Scioto River between the Rich St./Town St. Bridge and the Broad Street Bridge will be closed until Saturday, July 2.


  • On July 1, from 11 a.m. until after the fireworks, all public watercraft will be prohibited on the Scioto River between the railroad trestle at the south end of North Bank Park to the railroad trestle south of the Main Street Bridge. Columbus Fire and Columbus Police will be on the water for enforcement.
  • The Nationwide Blvd. launch area will be available for hand-carry watercraft only, due to current water level. The Lower Scioto ramp at the Scioto Audubon Metro Park  is temporarily closed and will not be available during Red, White and BOOM!


Additional event information can be found at

Happy Independence Day!