Boom! Activities


Ford Oval of Honor Red, White & BOOM! Parade (6 p.m.)

presented by the Central Ohio Ford Dealers

The 2016 Ford Oval of Honor Red, White & BOOM! Parade presented by the Central Ohio Ford Dealers will be one of the most exciting events to hit the downtown streets all summer long. We hope you will join us in saluting America with your new, creative, unique entry that will make a statement, like our great event. Over 100,000 cheering spectators will line the one-mile parade route while the NBC4 announcers introduce each entry as you pass by this popular viewing area.
The parade will step off at 6 PM from the Main St. Bridge, turn north on Front St., and disband at the corner of Front St. and Spring St.

Columbia Gas’ Children’s Park (noon-8 p.m.)

sponsored by: Stars Indoor Sports

Columbia Gas’ Children’s Park is celebrating it’s sixth year at the corner of Neil Ave. and Long St. This area will feature interactive activities for kids of all ages including: Stars Indoor Sports will be providing a variety of inflatables including a bounce house, slides, obstacle course and much more! You will also want to check out the Dick’s Last Resort “Dunk Tank”! Columbia Gas Children’s Park will include all of this PLUS COSI on Wheels, Columbus Blue Jackets Slap Shot, Face Painters and all sorts of other activities.

Arena District’s Taste of BOOM! (3-11 p.m.)

presented by Yuengling, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Jose Cuervo, and Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi

Nationwide Blvd. will kick-off Taste of BOOM! at 3 p.m. This street, closed-off from Front St. to Neil Ave., will highlight fare from Columbus’ top restaurants, include two stages featuring the best local entertainment, and offer a great view of the fireworks.

NBC4 BOOM! Central (5-11 p.m.)

presented by Walmart

Stop by NBC4 BOOM! Central and be apart of the audience when Mike Jackson and Colleen Marshall broadcast live starting at 5 p.m. on the corner of Civic Center and Town St. Meet television personalities Monica Day and Matt Barnes and watch Red, White, & BOOM! Live broadcast the firework show from 8-11 p.m. on NBC4 and!

WNCI BOOM! Central (10-11 p.m.)

presented by Walmart

Head over to the corner of Broad St. and Civic Center to meet radio personalities Dave and Jimmy. WNCI will be broadcasting LIVE starting at 10 a.m. through the fireworks!

Fireworks (10 p.m.)

Grand Finale presented by Marathon

There is only one way to make sure your weekend starts off with a boom, and that is to head downtown to catch BOOM! Whether you are enjoying Columbia Gas Childrens Park, Arena District’s Taste of BOOM!, BOOM! Central, Bicentennial Park or any of the amazing stages, you will have a great view of what we are all here to see: Fireworks will be fired from the east bank of Genoa Park at 10:00 p.m. This year’s Grand Finales presented by Marathon promises to be another show stopper that you will not want to miss. Heading into Downtown Columbus to catch the Midwest’s most recognized firework display is the only way you can truly start your weekend off with a BOOM!

Official After-Party of Red, White, & BOOM! (11 p.m.)

The Three Legged Mare

It is a summertime Friday night and you just witnessed the best Firework display in the Midwest, now is no time to stop the celebration! Head over to The Three Legged Mare in the Arena District immediately following the show to keep your night going at the Official After-Party! Stop by for food, drinks and fun while you really start your Independence Day weekend off with a BOOM!

Stage schedule

Sponsored By: Three-Legged Mare
  • 3:00-4:00 – VODKA ROXX
  • 4:30:5:30 – YESTERDAY & TODAY
  • 6:00-7:00 – YOURS FOR THE TAKING
  • 7:30-8:30 – SOCIAL CRUSH
  • 9:00-10:00 – THE DIVIDE
  • 10:25-10:50 – THE DIVIDE
  • 12:00-1:00 – SHOT GUN EDDIE
  • 1:30-2:30 – THE HAZ BENZ
  • 3:00-4:00 – 4 FINGER SHOT
  • 4:30-5:30 – BRIAN PANKE BAND
  • 6:00-7:00 – RADIO CITY
  • 7:30-8:30- RADIO TRAMPS
  • 9:00-9:50 – HOTT LUCY
  • 10:30-10:50 – HOTT LUCY
  • 12:00-1:00 – KINDRED
  • 1:30-2:30 – CHANGE IT UP CHARLIE
  • 3:00-4:00 – THE BRENNANS
  • 4:30-5:30 – BRAD MOORE
  • 6:00-7:00 – ALL STAR JAMMERZ
  • 7:30-8:30 – HOLYWELL
  • 9:00-9:45 – MARTINI AFFAIR
  • 10:25-11:00 – MARTINI AFFAIR
Presented By: The Columbus Blue Jackets
  • 3:00-4:30 Ft. Hayes Band featuring Madaleine McMahon
  • 4:45-5:45  Big Bang
  • 6:00-7:40  Matt VanFossen 
  • 8:00-8:45  WCOL 92.3 Headliner: Ray Scott
  • 9:00-9:50 The Carlie Short Band
  • 10:00  Fireworks
  • 10:30 The Carlie Short Band