Hundreds celebrate Independence Day in Bowling Green


Andrew Kish, Falcon Media

Hundreds enjoyed the BG Boom festival on July 4.

Andrew Kish, Falcon Media reporter

Hundreds of people celebrated patriotism July 3 in Bowling Green as the city celebrated Independence Day with their “BG Boom Festival” and annual fireworks display.

The event was held in conjunction with the City of Bowling Green and the BG Chamber of Commerce.

The day included multiple inflatables, a corn maze, soccer darts, obstacle courses, basketball, face painting, food trucks and much more thanks to sponsors and donors, according to the city.

Many look forward to the celebration year after year and attributed their excitement to the large display the city offers.

“I absolutely love the U.S.A.,” said Perrysburg resident Daryl Crosby. “Since I love my country so much, I always travel to Bowling Green to watch one of the best fireworks displays in the area.”

This year the display’s length was increased to a nearly 35-minute show courtesy of “generous support” from the city. This allowed those in attendance to enjoy their time in Bowling Green even more.

“It’s such a fun way to celebrate the Fourth of July,” said Bowling Green resident Meghan Collman. “I like that we were able to get out here early and enjoy all the activities that were going on.”

The excitement only grew since the festivities began at 4 p.m. and lasted until nearly 11 p.m.

“We always watch the fireworks together as a family, so it’s very nice that there were multiple games for us to play while we waited,” said Collman.

Though the main events took place at the Wood County Fairgrounds, people found other ways to enjoy the warm weather across town.

“It’s our tradition each year to make a stop at Dairy Queen and get some ice cream before we come watch the fireworks,” said Karen Regan. “I get to eat ice cream and watch the beautiful colors hit the sky — it’s a win-win situation.”

The fireworks were not the only thing to go “boom” though. VFW Post 1148 provided “BG Boom” buttons free of charge.

“I think it was so nice that I got to watch the patriotic display and get free stuff,” said Bowling Green resident Ruth Johnson.

This marked the second year Bowling Green held its “Boom Festival.”