Red, White & Boom | July 3, 2015


Festival season is in full swing and BOOM! is one that brings huge crowds to downtown Columbus for a night of music, food, activities and of course – fireworks. As one of the largest displays of Independence Day fireworks in the Midwest, the Scioto Riverfront provides one of the best views.  The event officially begins next Friday, July 3 at noon. For more information and a full schedule of performances and activities, visit You won’t want to miss it!

WHAT: Red, White & Boom – the largest fireworks display in Ohio!

WHEN: Friday, July 3
Noon to 11pm

WHERE: Downtown Columbus


The Scioto Mile Fountain will be closed beginning 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 2 and resumes at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 4.  Bicentennial Park restrooms will also be closed during the event on Friday, July 3.

Public set-up for Red, White & Boom may begin after 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 2 – anything placed before 5 p.m. will be collected and may be picked up at the Bicentennial Park office.  Please do not place personal tents/canopies, tarps or blankets until Friday, July 3.

Genoa Park will be closed to the public from Monday, June 29 through Saturday, July 4 for fireworks preparation.


Launch Areas

  • Canoes, kayaks and legal vessels that can be carried will be allowed at the Downtown Lower Olentangy River Boat Launch, located west of Neil Avenue on Nationwide Boulevard. (The ramp has been permanently closed to trailered boats).
  • Power boats, canoes, kayaks may be launched at the Scioto Audubon Metro Park launch area west of Front Street on W. Whittier Street. Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis, with approximately 30 spaces available. (Franklin County Metro Parks will close gate when spaces are full).

General Information

  • Due to the ongoing construction of the Scioto Greenway project, boating will not be allowed in the Scioto River 100’ above the first railroad bridge south of the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy Rivers and the first railroad bridge south of the Main Street bridge. Boats launching from the Downtown Lower Olentangy River launch area will be restricted to the areas north of the railroad bridge 100’above North Bank Park.
  • Boats launching from the Scioto Audubon Metro Park launch area will be permitted to travel north to the railroad bridge south of the Main Street bridge.
  • Boater Safety Inspections and Registration Checks will be occurring at the launch areas. Individuals without proper safety equipment, registrations or proper display of OH numbers will not be permitted to launch. Individuals launching before 2:00pm will be checked by marine officers on the water.