Downtown gearing up for Red White & Boom 2018

posted by Ken Stevens -

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- It's billed as Ohio's largest fireworks display and it's all set to light up the sky over downtown Columbus.

Red, White and BOOM! continues a tradition dating back to 1981, when 30,000 people gathered in Bicentennial Park to watch a small fireworks display.

On Tuesday evening, more than 400,000 are expected to be downtown to watch the sky-show, which organizers say will include nearly 49,000 pounds of fireworks.

The event is actually a day-long celebration that includes a Children's Park at the corner of Neil Ave. and Long St. from noon to 8 p.m. and a parade at 5:30 p.m. that will step off from the Main St. Bridge, then north on Front St., and disbanding at the corner of Front St. and Spring St.

From 5-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, COTA will have service from the select BOOM! Park & Rides to downtown. Return trips begin immediately following the fireworks and run until midnight.

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