Your Essential Guide for Celebrating Reds Opening Day {2024}

There is no better day to be in Cincinnati than Reds Opening Day! This city celebrates Opening Day like no other!

Cincinnati Reds Opening Day Parade

Opening Day – it’s basically a Cincinnati holiday! I venture to say that no one does opening day better than we do. We throw the biggest city-wide party you’ve seen… starting with a celebratory parade and ending with what we hope is a win at our season home opener.

Get Ready for Cincinnati Reds Opening Day with this info:
Reds Opening Day 2024 info and details
Findlay Market Opening Day Parade details
Fun Opening Day Activities
Parking Info and Street Closures
Opening Day Bar Specials and Parties

  • Cincinnati Reds Opening Day is Thursday, March 28, 2024
  • The Cincinnati Reds play the Washington Nationals at Great American Ballpark
  • The Reds game starts at 4:10 EDT (weather dependent)
  • To be noted: Backpacks are no longer be allowed into Great American Ball Park
  • The 2024 Opening Day Parade begins at noon on March 28, 2024.
  • The Parade Route: The parade route can be found below and here (link)
  • The Parade Grand Marshalls are Dmitri Young and Pokey Reese from the 1999 team.
  • This year’s Honorary Grand Marshall is Jim Scott.
a map of the Findlay Market Opening Day parade route
  • There are lots of parking options around town (keep in mind that the parade route will involve road closures): downtown parking info
  • See the parade route above and plan accordingly (parade route is closed to traffic, of course)
  • There will be Road Closures – see the map here (should be updated the week of the parade).
  • The Cincinnati Bell Connector will likely pause for the parade and begin service after the parade. Check their news here.
  • Metro will operate on Opening Day but you can expect detours. Click here for up-to-date Detours and Delays info.

The following establishments have Opening Day related events:

  • Did you know The Banks is now a DORA District (designated outdoor refreshment area)? Enjoy your cold beverages as you stroll the DORA grounds.
  • Washington Park hosts an Opening Day Watch Party, 10am-4pm
  • Rhinegeist will have Opening Day decor, hot breakfast sandwiches available for purchase from the Bagelry, baseball-themed giveaways throughout the day, celebratory bar specials, a giant bobble head photo booth, and the season opening of the Rooftop! LET’S SEE SOME HUSTLE! 9am-10pm.
  • Babushka Pierogies (Findlay Market) will be slinging pierogi with optional goetta gravy and fried eggs. 9:00am-12pm.
  • Eckerlin Meats (Findlay Market) will have an Opening Day Cookout, 8am-1pm. They’ll have “Breakfast Sammies, Burgers, Brats and Metts, Hot Dogs, and Ice Cold Beer” (as seen on the sign in their store on 3-22-24).
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Bridgett Raffenberg
My name is Bridgett Raffenberg and I am the creator of 365Cincinnati. I've been uncovering and sharing all of the best things to do in Cincinnati since 2010. I enjoy exploring new spots, discovering local events, and meeting the people who call Cincinnati home!