Fundraising for the Save the Freedom Festival campaign has been successful, and the party will get started at 6:30 p.m. July 4 at the Gahanna Municipal Golf Course, 220 Olde Ridenour Road.

Fundraising for the Save the Freedom Festival campaign has been successful, and the party will get started at 6:30 p.m. July 4 at the Gahanna Municipal Golf Course, 220 Olde Ridenour Road.

The Gahanna Parks & Recreation Foundation dedicated time to raising money for the fireworks and festival after the city last year announced it couldn't fund the festival because of budget constraints.

Foundation chairman Lee Tucker said the festival would be bigger and better, thanks to local sponsors and the community coming together for the event.

Gahanna-based Heartland Bank will sponsor the Gahanna Freedom Festival, and other businesses and individuals contributed enough to finance the festival and fireworks.

As of June 28, more than $23,000 had been collected for the Freedom Festival, Tucker said.

The USO of Central & Southern Ohio also will have a hand in the celebration.

"The USO was a perfect addition to the Freedom Festival," Tucker said. "We also have great support from the Ohio National Guard. We'll have a nice military presence throughout the evening. Tell them you appreciate them during the festival."

The nonprofit USO relies on donations from individuals, organizations and corporations to support its activities. USO funds generated locally are used to help Ohio's service men and women and their families.

Tucker said VIP tables, with parking passes, are available for $250, with proceeds benefitting the USO.

The USO will have such activities as a climbing wall and a nine-hole miniature golf course during the celebration.

Kate Mattison, spokesperson for Gahanna Parks and Recreation, said the Gahanna branch of the YMCA would operate children's activities, such as giant yard games like Twister, Jenga, checkers and corn hole, as well as a pie-in-the-face and a watermelon-eating contest, from 6:30 to 9:45 p.m.

The festival also will feature DJ Lance from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and entertainment from the band, Swagg, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

"Swagg is a central Ohio band," Tucker said. "They will have nice, fun music for the festival. They have a good song list."

CD 101 is doing a musical mix for the fireworks, including upbeat music with patriotic songs. Tucker said festival-goers should bring their radios to tune in for the fireworks that launch at 10 p.m.

S. Vitale Pyrotecnico Industries Inc., based in New Castle, Pa., will provide the fireworks show for about $20,000.

Other offerings will include beer sales from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Food vendors include Donatos, BapGap concessions, Chick-fil-A and Aloha Ice.

A special presentation is slated for 9:35 p.m., when a brief video will be shown from the foundation and USO.

In case of inclement weather, the fireworks will be held at 10 p.m. July 5.