COLUMBUS, Ohio It’s the first day of July in Columbus, home to Ohio State University and the capital city of Ohio, and that means one thing: Red, White and Boom, one of the largest and most spectacular fireworks celebrations in the Midwest, is just two days away.
Ohio State student-athletes regularly make the short trek downtown to witness the celebration, which is held in numerous locations along the Scioto River and includes live music, children’s activities, military fly-overs, lots of fun, and food...all kinds of great food.
But there’s so much more to do in Columbus in the summertime. For instance, sophomore soccer players Taylor Moront, from Toledo, Ohio, and Liz Sullivan, from Powell, Ohio, recently enjoyed attending part of a three-day community, music and arts festival, held at a park that is only a 20-minute bike ride from Ohio State’s campus.
The city, described by Nation’s Restaurant News as a city that “sizzles,” features visual Columbus Museum of Art and COSI Columbus and performing arts Columbus Symphony Orchestra, BalletMet and performing arts theatres such as the Ohio Theatre and the King Arts Complex and numerous festivals throughout the year, including the Columbus Arts Festival and the Jazz & Rib Fest.
The downtown Columbus area features a number of unique neighborhoods.
- German Village, home to the city’s annual Oktoberfest celebration of German food, music and culture, features brick streets lined with shops and restaurants.
- The Short North Arts District, located between the Ohio State campus and downtown, features scores of art galleries, restaurants and boutiques. On the first Saturday of each month in the summer, the galleries stay open late for the popular Gallery Hop.
- The Downtown Arena District continues to grow in popularity. It is home to Nationwide Arena, the home of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, Huntington Park, the brand new home of the Triple A Columbus Clippers, and Lifestyle Communities Pavilion, an intimate indoor and outdoor concert venue.
Shopping opportunities abound in and around Columbus, including prominent shopper’s favorites at the Short North District, at Easton Town Center, the Polaris Fashion Place and the Mall at Tuttle Crossing.
Columbus is home to the 2008 MLS champion Columbus Crew soccer club, the Memorial Golf Tournament, the Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus Zoo, COSI, the Ohio State Fair and much, much more.
So regardless of the day of the week or the time of the day, there is usually something entertaining and fun to do in Columbus, Ohio.