From the launching of the ducks to the last ember of fireworks, Worthington will be alive with fun on the Fourth of July.

From the launching of the ducks to the last ember of fireworks, Worthington will be alive with fun on the Fourth of July.

The main event will be the Worthington Family Picnic on the lawn of Thomas Worthington High School from 4 p.m. until the fireworks at 10, but there will also be a duck race on the Olentangy and a full day of films and performances at the McConnell Arts Center.

Everyone is invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the activities of the family picnic, which is sponsored by the Dublin-Worthington Rotary Club.

Beginning at 4, the club will sell food cooked on a grill.

Food will also be collected for the Worthington Food Pantry.

Planned activities include a reading of the Declaration of Independence by Thomas Worthington students at 5 p.m.; music by the Orange Johnson Singers at 5:15; Medieval Knights and Blacksmithing from 5 to 8 pm.; music from 6 to 9 p.m.; and traditional games from 7:30 to 8:30.

A favorite with children, Super Games will set up inflatable play structures. From 6 to 9 p.m., there will be a 20-foot slide, the Endzone Obstacle Course, Tiger Bounce, and the Wacky Junior Obstacle Course.

For kids of all ages, the Columbus Zoo will bring baby animals along with an educational program about their species and habits. All are invited to come and see a variety of birds, reptiles and mammals.

At the MAC, free films will be shown all afternoon, with a special living history performance at 2 p.m. Chautauquan Hank Fincken will present a one-man show as Christopher Columbus.

The living history presentation will cost $5 at the door.

Movies will begin at noon, with "A More Perfect Union;" "The Story of a Patriot" will begin at 4 p.m.; a second showing of "A More Perfect Union" at 5 p.m.; and "Jefferson & Adams" at 6:15 p.m.

The day will begin with a duck race on the Olentangy beginning at 2 p.m.

Worthington A.M. Rotary hopes to sell thousands of rubber ducks to float down the river for a little over a mile. The person who purchases the winning duck will win $1,000, and proceeds will benefit the Worthington Food Pantry.

Community members are welcome to watch the release of the ducks at the walking bridge near the skate park at Olentangy River Parklands on Wilson Bridge Road at 2.

Rotarian Bill Lehner designed a large net that will be hoisted over the side of the bridge to release the little racers into the water.

Volunteers will kayak and walk along the route to make sure no duck is left behind.

The race is expected to take about two hours, ending under the bridge at Dublin-Granville Road at approximately 4 p.m.

Rotarians will sell ducks until the release time. Duck entries can be purchased from Rotarians at the farmers market on Saturday or online at www.worthingtonduckrace.org.

Following the family picnic, everyone is invited to make their way to the high school football stadium for the annual Independence Day fireworks at 10 p.m.

At 9:25, all military veterans are invited to join in the giant color guard to present the flag. Veterans are asked to gather on the track at the north end of the stadium.