Jul142011

Red, White and Boom 2011

 redwhiteboomFireworks, funnel cake, live music, thousands of people, corn-dogs, a fly over and a parade... America's Birthday is kind of a big deal in Columbus, OH. Red, White and Boom is an annual celebration that takes place on the Friday of Fourth of July weekend. Thousands of people come out to see the amazing fireworks display at the end of the night but they aren't bored waiting with tons of entertainment to keep everyone busy. Check out what we thought in our video review!

 

   

Red, White and Boom 2011 from ThisIsColumbus on Vimeo.

 

Anita's Take

I've never seen Columbus so packed!!!  Parking in the Short North and walking towards downtown was a good idea and it's not bad of a walk (about 20 mins).  Once we hit up Nationwide Blvd, it was madness.  I kept losing track of Courtney because waves of people kept breaking us apart.  There were people of all ages around, but I feared for the children because they could easily get snatched up.  Lots of drunken high schoolers carrying "Gatorade" around.  TONS of food vendors, like typical carnival stuff.  It was very loud with all the people, live music, and radio stations there.  There were people with tents, blankets, chairs, and even caution tape on the grass as if they own the land.  After walking around for about 2 hrs, we ended up at a parking lot party and watched the fireworks.  The fireworks were great, but I wish I had a better view.  Overall, it was a great experience, but I'm not a big crowd person so I'd probably try and stay in one place with fewer people next time.

Courtney's Take

This is one of my favorite events in Columbus. I'm from Virginia and not too far from D.C. so I have seen fireworks in the Nation's Capital a few times but nothing beats the display that they show in Columbus. Red, White and Boom is so much fun and I love the carnival food and people watching! (Side note: Anita only got lost because she walks behind whomever she's with but she's right I'd leash anyone you're with! haha) Be sure to bring cash because a lot of the vendors are cash only! We were a little too hung over to make it to the parade this year so if you're old like us, wait to drink at the event not the night before! The best place to watch the fireworks are definitely on a patio balcony but it's hard to have a bad spot. Next year I definitely want to watch from a boat on the river... would be sweet!

 

Want to try out Red, White and Boom for yourself?

The website is here!

 

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