Red, White & Boom 2018 Guide

by Hometeam Properties on July 2, 2018

shutterstock_447994846As Columbus, Ohio prepares for the most-attended event of the year, the Columbus Division of Police issued several safety recommendations for the estimated 500,000 or more people planning to celebrate Tuesday at Red, White and Boom.

For the Kids:

The firework show lighting up the Columbus skyline — which will launch from Genoa Park at 10 p.m. — is likely to draw a lot of families. In case a child becomes lost, the police have designated five missing-child booths at the event. Police also recommend bringing a photo taken of the child that day and designating a meeting place for older children.

Stay Updated:

Attendees can text RWB2018 to 888-777 to opt into a text notification program, a feature that launched for Pride celebrations in June. Columbus Division of Police called Pride’s notification system “successful,” with 2,500 people signing up. Notifications will end after the event.


Many parking restrictions will also be in place in the area to ease traffic flow. Most restrictions will be in place by 8 a.m. Tuesday, and there will be no overnight parking. Any vehicle that remains at 8 a.m. will be ticketed and towed. Parking meters will be bagged, and temporary “no parking” signs will be posted in areas without meters.

Guaranteed Parking

Red, White and Boom has team up with LAZ Parking to provide visitors and volunteers with a seamless parking experience. This new partnership will allow parkers to search, view and pre-purchase parking online, through the online reservation system, or via the LAZgo smart phone app. Once purchased, the system then emails them a barcoded parking pass credential, which they may print out, or scan directly from their smart phone.

LeVeque Garage

  • Rooftop access and views across the river

Vets Memorial Lot

  • Lot access at Broad and Starling

RiverSouth Garage

  • Garage access near Front and Rich
  • Rooftop access and views across the river

Buckeye Garage

  • Garage access from Long St near 3rd
  • Rooftop access and views across the river

 Red White & BOOM! has also partnered with Spot Hero, to allow visitors to purchase guaranteed parking near Red White & BOOM! View real-time availability and pricing at many locations and parking is 100% guaranteed. Simply present your purchase confirmation at the selected location, and this serves as your payment with no additional payments or fees. Parking availability is very limited, so it is strongly recommended that you purchase your parking for the festivities in advance.

Non-Reserved Parking

For specific parking information, call any of the following downtown parking lots:


  • Parking lots are located on the West side of COSI

Arena District

  • Available garages include the Front Street Garage, Neil Ave Garage, McConnell Garage, and Arena Garage.
  • Visit for maps and additional information.
  • Standard Parking (Arena District): 1-866-330-PARK (7275)

Columbus Commons

  • Garages can be accessed from Third St. and Rich St.

Greater Columbus Convention Center

  • Over 4,000 parking spots located near the event
  • Partnered with Spot Hero
  • 614-827-2500

Also, check out many of the various surface lots

  • Capital Plaza
  • Central Parking
  • Franklin County (Veterans Memorial)
  • Standard Parking (Arena District)

Handicapped parking is available at the following locations:

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


CPD said there will be officers designated to traffic posts this year in hopes of getting people out of the city as quickly and easily as possible following the fireworks show. Attendees can also avoid driving: COTA buses will be running from select park-and-rides locations to Downtown from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Return trips from Downtown begin immediately after the fireworks show and will run until midnight.

Road closings:

Several roads lining the Scioto River will be closed for the fireworks event and the earlier parade, which CPD said steps off at 5 p.m. from the Main Street Bridge. Spring, Mound, McDowell and 3rd streets will be closed for the parade. A full map of road closures for the days leading up to and following the event can be found here. All closed roads will reopen at midnight.


Looking for other events in the Columbus area? Head over to the Discover category of our blog or read this list of fun summer events to attend in Columbus.