The annual Worthington Family Picnic followed by fireworks at Thomas Worthington High School will be the highlight of a weekend of Independence Day festivities in Worthington.

The annual Worthington Family Picnic followed by fireworks at Thomas Worthington High School will be the highlight of a weekend of Independence Day festivities in Worthington.

Live entertainment, food hot off the grill and fun and games for all ages will be available at the festival, which is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Dublin Worthington.

Everyone is invited to bring chairs or blankets for a picnic beginning at 4 p.m. on the lawn of the high school.

The Rotary club will sell food.

Entertainment will be provided by Death by Banjo, Big Al and his Capital City Players, Shazzbots, Super Games, and animals from the Columbus Zoo.

There will also be a reading of the Declaration of Independence by Worthington high school students and a salute to the anniversary of the Civil War.

The city fireworks begin at 10 p.m. at the high school.

Worthington Hills and Colonial Hills subdivisions will also have their traditional Independence Day observances.

In Worthington Hills, the Firecracker Trot will begin at 6 p.m. on July 1; a fun festival will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on July 2 at Worthington Hills Elementary School; softball games will be played at the school on July 3, 2 p.m. for kids, 4 p.m. for adults; and the parade will begin at noon on July 4 with fireworks at dusk at the Worthington Hills County Club.

The theme of this year's parade is "Deck the Halls: It's Christmas in July."

Colonial Hills activities will begin at 8:30 a.m. in July 4 with a 5K run through the hills.

The kiddie parade will begin at 10 a.m., followed by games and food at Selby Park throughout the day.