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Red, White & Boom!

Columbus, Ohio
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Red, White & Boom!

I'm trying to plan ahead. We've done Red, White & BOOM all day experience downtown in the past. One of my boys doesn't like loud noises (even small town fireworks are too loud if we're too close) so we don't head downtown.

We're looking for some good viewing spots that aren't quite downtown. I'm thinking Lennox Town Center. We watched it from the airport parking garage last year; it was fun, but it wasn't close enough for me.

Where do you like to view Red, White & BOOM? I'm looking for places that aren't downtown, but I know you'll all want to share your favorite places regardless. Thanks.

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1. Re: Red, White & Boom!

I use to like to go to Cooper Stadium. We would watch the game and they would shoot off their own fireworks and then the Boom would be right after. Sometimes we watched from the Suite and other times from the Club seats both were good. With the Ball park being at Huntington that might be too close but last I heard the Coop will be opening up the parking lot, so that might be an option also with it being set off from the Vets, certain places downtown might not be that close.

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2. Re: Red, White & Boom!

I used to live in one of the apartment complexes behind the Giant Eagle on Neil, and lots of people come and watch the fireworks on the median between Thurber Dr W and Michigan Ave. There are also a lot of people who watch from around Wheeler Park (which is right behind the Giant Eagle). I also used to see a lot of people watching from Goodale Park, but people would be getting there first thing in the morning and staking out areas with chairs and blankets, so I don't know how it would be if you got there closer to the actual fireworks.

This will be the first year that I can't just stroll out on my balcony and watch the fireworks. So if anyone knows good vantage points from Grandview, I'm listening...

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3. Re: Red, White & Boom!

One of the best viewing points is around Confluence Park. You are far enough away to reduce the noise factor, but looking straight down the river so no visual obstructions.

It has been a while so I'm not sure how crowded it gets or if the restaurant there limits who views from that spot now.


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4. Re: Red, White & Boom!

I don't have any viewing tips, but did read that there will be less police directing traffic around the downtown area because of budget cuts. If you're far enough away from the heart of the city, it likely won't be an issue, but wanted to make you aware.

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5. Re: Red, White & Boom!

Yes it is correct there will be a much reduced police presence at this years fireworks. There will not be police at the major cross roads and they will not be directing traffic when you are leaving the event.

We usually watch it from Children's hospital or the German Village area.

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