The Blade’s annual Independence Day celebration, Red, White, KABOOM, presented by Taylor Automotive and Promedica will move to the Marina District this year.
Toledo’s Marina District is located on the east side of the Maumee River, along Riverside Drive, between Front Street and the river. Festivities will begin at 4 p.m. Monday, July 4. Admission is free.
“We’re thrilled that Promedica is moving downtown, but with all the construction going on for the company’s new headquarters, we can’t hold Red, White, KABOOM at Promenade Park this year,” says Mike Mori, event director. “The Marina District offers triple the space for folks to come down and enjoy great fireworks – in fact, we believe this will be the biggest and best celebration Toledo has ever seen. We’re pleased to be offering this to the community with our generous sponsors, Taylor Automotive Family, Promedica, and Dashing Pacific, and look forward to seeing all the families in this new space.”
Admission to the Marina District is free. There will be a charge for parking inside the Marina District.
Due to Toledo Fire Department regulations, the south end of Riverside Drive directly adjacent to the Martin Luther King Bridge will be closed to traffic. All traffic entering the Marina District will be required to use the entrance on Marina Drive off Front Street.
The U.S. Army Concert Band and Soldier’s Chorus will provide patriotic entertainment just before the fireworks show. The Concert Band is the oldest and largest of the Field Band’s touring components. The 65-member instrumental ensemble regularly travels and performs with the 28-member Soldiers’ Chorus, together presenting a powerful and diverse program of marches, overtures, popular music, patriotic selections, and instrumental and vocal solos. The organization has also performed joint concerts with many of the nation’s leading orchestras, including the Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, and Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
They will be preceded by the Together Band at 6 p.m.
Following the concert, the fireworks will be synchronized to music on radio station WRVF 101.5 “The River.” Throughout the event, food and drink will be available.
Red, White, KABOOM is the largest fireworks extravaganza in northwest Ohio. Now in its eighth consecutive year, Taylor Automotive has continuously presented the event. This is Promedica’s first year as a presenting sponsor of the event.
A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the National Museum of the Great Lakes.