Red, White & BOOM! 2018: Street closures, parking, viewing spots & more

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Thousands in downtown for annual fireworks celebration
Red, white & BOOM! prep

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio’s largest fireworks display, Red, White & BOOM!, will light up the Columbus skyline tonight.

The 38th annual event is expected to attract over 400,000 people downtown.

The tradition began decades ago in 1981 with a fireworks display in Bicentennial Park that drew in 30,000 people. Now, Red, White & BOOM! is known as the “largest single-day event in Columbus and features the most recognized firework display in the Midwest.”

Columbus Police hold a press conference ahead of Red, White, Boom Tuesday:


Thursday, June 28 from 9 am through Wednesday, July 4 at TBD

  • Washington Blvd from Broad st to Main St.

Saturday, June 30 from 9 a.m. through Wednesday, July 4.

  • Civic Center Dr. from Broad St. to Main St. (Civic Center access to Supreme Court of Ohio must be maintained to garage and loading dock until noon on July 3rd

Saturday, June 30 from 9 a.m. through Wednesday, July 4 at 6 a.m.

  • Spring St from Neil Ave to Marconi Blvd (on Monday morning and event morning one lane will open for rush hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.) Spring needs to be open from Neil Ave to the west until 7pm(ish) on Tues. Which means Neil is open until the same time.
  • Long St. from Hocking St. to Marconi Blvd. (on Monday morning and event morning one lane will open for rush hour from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.) Southbound Neil Ave will need to be able to make the left on Long St Tuesday morning from 6a-9a.

Monday, July 2 from 5 p.m. through Wednesday July 4 at 6 a.m.

  • Marconi Blvd. from Long St. to Broad St. · North curb lane of Broad St. from Cumberland Trail marker to Belle St.

Tuesday, July 3 from 2 p.m. (for parade formation) through 7 p.m.

  • Main from 2nd to River
  • Rich from River to McDowell
  • Starling from Rich to Town
  • Belle from Rich to Town
  • Lucas from Rich to Town
  • Civic Center from Mound to Main
  • Depending on the size of the parade additional space may be requested

For Parade Movement Only – July 3 from 5:15 p.m. until approx.7:30 p.m.

  • Lynn St. from Front St. to High St.
  • Main from River to High
  • Gay St. from Front St. to High St.
  • Long St. from Marconi Blvd. to High St.
  • Spring St. from Marconi Blvd. to High St.
  • Lafayette St. from Front St. to High St.
  • Nationwide Blvd. from Ludlow Ave. to High St.
  • Spring St. from High St. to Neil Ave.
  • Hickory St. from Front St. to Marconi Blvd.
  • Rich St. from High St. to Civic Center Dr.
  • Town St. from Belle St. to High St.
  • Front St. from Main St. to Spring St.
  • State St. from High St. to Front St.
  • Rich St. from McDowell to River

Monday, July 3 from 5:30 p.m. (for fireworks) through midnight

  • All streets south of Spring St., north of Mound St., east of McDowell St. and west of Third St.


  • The Broad Street Bridge will CLOSE to drivers at 5:30PM on Tuesday, July 3 and will close to pedestrian traffic at 9PM.
  • Coleman’s Point (grass area west of Civic Center Dr, along the river) will also be unavailable for pedestrians.


The fireworks launch site is in Genoa Park on the east side of COSI. The fireworks will be launched over the river.

For the best viewing downtown, head to Bicentennial Park, along Long St, Spring St., Marconi Blvd., Washington Blvd. or along Civic Center Dr. All spots are a first come, first serve basis.


  • Berliner Park – Southwest of downtown
  • 325 Greenlawn Ave, Columbus, OH 43223


You can head downtown to claim a spot as early as Monday, July 2 after 6PM. Do NOT use stakes to mark your area or they will be removed.


Starts: Corner of Main St and 2nd St, then turns north on Front St and ends at Spring St.


The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) will provide expanded public transportation to Red, White & BOOM! on Tues., July 3 with express service from Park & Rides, local service and extended CBUS service.

Visit for more information.


  • COSI: Parking lots located on the west side of COSI
  • Arena District: Front St Garage, Neil Ave Garage, McConnell Garage and Arena Garage, visit for maps and additional information.
  • Columbus Commons garages can be accessed from 3rd St and Rich St.

Surface lots: Capital Plaza, Central Parking, Franklin County (Veterans Memorial), Standard Parking (Arena District)

Click here for reserved parking options.


  • North side of 2nd St from Mound St to Civic Center Dr
  • Gay St between High St and Front St

For more information on Red, White & BOOM!, click here.