A 5K charity run and a beer garden have been added to this year's Red, White & Boom! celebration in downtown Columbus.

There's also an extra minute of fireworks.

"Believe it or not, an extra minute is a lot of firepower," said Earl Burke, fireworks site manager for the Independence Day celebration.

The 37th annual Red, White & Boom! will be held from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday, July 3.

For the first time in several years, the event will have no presence in the Arena District. Some activities will move a bit south to Spring and Long streets, said Shawn Verhoff, co-executive director of the celebration and co-owner of Elmwood Consulting, an event-planning firm.

Festivities begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 2, with the Charity Day 5K, which will benefit 22 registered charities, Verhoff said. Information about cost and how to register can be found at charityday5k.com.

At 6:30 p.m. Sunday, patrons can cool off in the beer garden, which will be located in North Bank Park, east of Neil Avenue and bookended by Long and Spring streets.

There is no charge to enter the beer garden, which is open to the public.

The beer garden, featuring nine different beers -- five of them craft brews -- and craft liquor will be open from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. July 3. Food will be provided by the Three Legged Mare: Spirits and Fine Food.

A number of food vendors also will line up along streets.

There will be alcohol sales at stands throughout the area.

From 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. July 3, a children's area will be open between Long, Neil, Spring and Hanover streets on the western end of North Bank Park.

Live music will be performed on three stages throughout the day.

Tunes from nearly every genre will be performed, Verhoff said.

"It's a true potpourri of music," he said.

The Ford Oval of Honor, recognizing 11 Ohio veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Afghanistan, will return. The parade steps off at 6 p.m. from Main and Front streets and will tarvel north on Front to Spring.

Law-enforcement representatives from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Columbus Division of Police and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will have a significant presence throughout the celebration area, Verhoff said.

Those attending are not permitted to bring coolers into the designated area for the Red, White & Boom! celebration, Verhoff said. Any packages or containers left unattended will be confiscated, he said.

"It's a high level of security, but it's for everyone's safety," Verhoff said.

Burke, who's been the Boom! fireworks technician for 34 years, said the pyrotechnic will be impressive.

"Basically, this is not so much a fireworks show -- it's a production," he said.

The display begins at 10 p.m. The extra minute of fireworks brings the display to 26 minutes.

Verhoff said live music will stop during the fireworks but will resume after the display. Concessions also will be open for those who want to wait awhile before leaving to avoid traffic congestion.

The launch point of the fireworks is in front of the Center of Science and Industry on the Scioto Peninsula.

The work is dangerous, Burke said, but he is serious about safety.

Everyone in the fireworks area has to be licensed by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Burke said he works on the fireworks soundtrack for six months with a team from WCMH-TV (Channel 4) and WNCI radio (97.9 FM), which will broadcast the show live.

The fireworks are designed to synchronize with the music.

Bits and pieces of various songs are played and many of the tunes change from year to year.

Burke said there will be a new song that will wrap up when the fireworks end, but he wouldn't say what it is.

"I'm not letting the cat out of the bag," he said.

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