The traditional Red, Rhythm and Boom event will look a little different this year in Mason. But COVID-19 won’t stop our ability to come together as a community and celebrate American independence. The City, in partnership with local businesses, is working to provide ways in which Mason residents and businesses can celebrate Red, Rhythm and Boom. Help us make this year a truly special time for our veterans, active military, residents, businesses and visiting families.
Beginning Friday, July 3 enjoy patriotic videos and participate in multiple virtual activities planned for Red, Rhythm and Boom and Independence Day Weekend!
THANK YOU LOCAL BUSINESSES
Although residents aren’t able to grab their favorite Red, Rhythm and Boom snack at the event this year, local businesses are inviting you to stop in for some tasty treats. Support your local small businesses this weekend!
PATRIOTIC SIDEWALK CHALK CONTEST
Residents and businesses are encouraged to decorate their sidewalks with patriotic spirit throughout Independence Day weekend, Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5.
The community is then encouraged to explore sidewalks around town and send in a picture of their favorite patriotic sidewalk chalk artwork to RedRhythmBoom@masonoh.org or tag #2020RedRhythmBoom on social media. You’ll be entered in a drawing to win a gift card to use at local businesses.
5K PATRIOTIC BIKE RIDE
Kick your weekend off with a dose of fresh air, sunshine, and family fun! Enjoy the outdoors Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5 with a virtual Red, Rhythm and Boom 5k Bike Ride. With over 25 miles of bike paths in the City, pedal your way through your favorite 5k route. Click here for Mason’s updated bike path map.
Complete your 5k (3.1 miles) and submit a photo of those who completed and where you biked via social media using #2020RedRhythmBoom or via email at RedRhythmBoom@masonoh.org. BONUS: Be entered in a drawing to win a gift card if you dress in patriotic gear or decorate your bike with red, white and blue.
VISIT MASON’S VETERAN’S MEMORIAL
Take time to visit Mason’s Veteran Memorial this weekend located at 6000 Mason-Montgomery Road in Mason, in front of the Mason Municipal Center. At the head of the memorial, a flag proudly waves above a wall depicting the five branches of the service: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy. At the base of the wall and around the flag are memorial bricks for veterans. The main feature of the memorial is a set of 10 pillars representing the 10 major conflicts in American history. The height of each pillar is proportional to the number of casualties in the war. At the end of the row is a low stone representing the hope for peace and the end to casualties in war. An eternal flame at the lower end of the memorial will burn until all prisoners of war and missing in action are returned to American soil. It stands in front of a wall of tears that represents the sorrows of all those affected by war.
Please visit the app store on your phone, iPad, or tablet to download the Mason Veterans Memorial App and find the location of your brick paver.
CELEBRATING RED, RHYTHM AND BOOM
We appreciate your involvement as we celebrate Red, Rhythm and Boom virtually this year. What’s your favorite part of Mason’s Red, Rhythm and Boom each year? Let’s hear from Mason’s residents, students, and staff.
(This video was filmed prior to the Governor’s Stay at Home order.)
TOUR AMERICAN HISTORY
Celebrate America’s history all weekend through virtual visits to American museums and historical sites. You can also visit Mason’s local historical sites or read about Mason’s history online.
Smithsonian National Museum of American History
George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Statue of Liberty
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
Mason Historical Society
Mason Veteran’s Memorial
SHARE YOUR PATRIOTIC CRAFTS
Let’s see your Pinterest talent! Or does your family have a craft tradition for Independence Day? Get creative with stars-and-striped crafts to share with others through social media this weekend. #2020RedRhythmBoom
MASON’S BANNER PROGRAM
While visiting local businesses downtown this weekend, check out the new Veteran’s Banners displayed along Mason Montgomery Road in front of the Municipal Center. The Military Street Banner Program is sponsored by the American Legion Post 194 and the VFW Post 9622 in partnership with the City of Mason. This program is intended to provide the opportunity to salute our brave men and women who are currently serving or have served in the military by displaying a median street banner in the City of Mason for patriotic occasions.
Interested in honoring a Mason Military veteran? Click here for more information.
PATRIOTIC PET CONTEST
Is your pet the best dressed? We are excited to see pictures of your pets in their patriotic gear! The Patriotic Pet Contest begins at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, July 3 and continues through 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 5. Share a picture of your patriotic pet on social media with #2020RedRhythmBoom or send a picture in to RedRhythmBoom@masonoh.org for a chance to win a gift card to Mason’s local businesses.
THANK YOU FOR THE MEMORIES
The City of Mason typically begins activities at 4:00 p.m. for Red, Rhythm and Boom held on July 3 each year. This year, you can enjoy activities all day and throughout the Independence Day weekend with the Red, Rhythm and Boom virtual experience. Thank you for your continued support. We can’t wait to celebrate with you next year!
What is Independence Day weekend without sparklers? Light up the night with sparklers in Mason at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, July 3. Write your name or draw a firework or picture in the air and text a photo or video tagging #2020RedRhythmBoom on social media. You’ll be entered to win a gift card to local businesses.