There's no doubt that downtown Columbus is a great destination for the festivities around the Fourth of July. Comfest is a major draw for those who love great music, culture, and fun. Red, White, & Boom is always a huge draw for tens of thousands of people in the area, and who can forget the fun and craziness of the Doodah Parade?
But what's the number one reason people don't partake of these fun events? That's right - traffic. No one likes to be stuck behind the wheel with cranky, tired kids for an extra hour or two while downtown Columbus clears out after the last rocket blows up and the music dies away for another year.
COTA's offering extra buses heading into and out of downtown before, during, and after the Red, White, & Boom fireworks from 5:30 to 8:30. There are also extra express routes for those who live further outside of downtown with pickup at the various Park'n'Ride locations around the city and in the various suburbs! In addition, showing your COTA pass (or express ride wristband or BuckID) will get you into Huntington Park for a comfortable viewing of the fireworks free of extra charge!
As always, bikes are welcome in and around Red, White & Boom (and with more bike racks downtown than ever before, parking them safely will be even easier!).
In addition, for Comfest and the Doodah Parade, the folks at Pedal Instead are offering their now-famous free bike corrals to allow you to get to the festival (this weekend) and the parade on July 4th, park your bike safely, and enjoy all the festivities.
Pedal Instead is also looking for volunteers to help out at the corrals. Sign up is on the page linked to above. And tips are accepted at the corral to help defray costs!