Red, White, And Boom Canceled Again This Year

For the second year in a row, Red, White, and Boom will not take place downtown this July.

The organization that operates this iconic Independence Day celebration announced on social media that they were unable to get the event permitted by the City of Columbus. The statement from RW & B stated that after “months of working with city leaders through the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic” they have received word that the event will not receive permitting by the city for the originally scheduled date of Friday, July 2.

“While disappointed Central Ohioans will not be able to attend the largest fireworks show in the Midwest on its original date, the Board of Trustees for RW&B has committed to continue working with Mayor Ginther’s office to find an appropriate alternative date, either in late summer or early fall.”

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“We think that because we’re still red as a county, and we’re only at a 40% vaccination rate right now, the safest and healthiest way we can protect the entire community is to continue to avoid these large gatherings, continuing to ask people to mask up, continue to get people vaccinated. That’s where our real focus and energy is,” said Mayor Andrew Ginther, according to NBC4. “I’m committed to working with Red, White and Boom! to make 2022 the biggest and best Boom ever. We’re not on the other side of this pandemic yet.”

Red, White, & Boom joins several other annual events that have been cancelled this year due to ongoing pandemic concerns. Comfest has moved to a virtual only event and Stonewall Columbus has decided to spread PRIDE events throughout the month of June, instead of one larger event.

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