Worthington News

Independence Day Neighborhoods gearing for celebration

Worthington will celebrate Independence Day with a family picnic and fireworks beginning at 4 p.m. July 4 on the lawn of Thomas Worthington High School.

Colonial Hills and Worthington Hills neighborhoods will hold their own celebrations, including a race Friday morning in Colonial Hills and the traditional parade in Worthington Hills.

Everyone is invited to bring a blanket and chairs for a community picnic at the high school.

People may bring their own food or purchase food from the Dublin-Worthington Rotary Club.

Games will be set up for children from 4 to 9:30 p.m.

Matt Ellis and Standard Time will perform from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by the Aladdin Shrine Temple Dixieland Band from 7:30 to 9:30.

Fireworks will begin about 10 p.m.

At Worthington Hills, the celebration will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 3, with the Stars and Stripes softball games at Worthington Hills Elementary School.

The parade will begin at noon July 4. This year's theme will be Party Like It's 1776. Grand marshal will be Mary Leavitt, the flag lady.

Fireworks will begin at dusk at the Worthington Hills Country Club.

The 35th annual 5K Run Through the Hills will begin at 8:30 a.m. and follow a route through the Colonial Hills subdivision. Registration will be 7:15 to 8 a.m., with a fee of $20.

Family games will be set up at Selby Park from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Other tips for the Independence Day weekend follow:

* High school parking will be limited to the north and west sides of the schools, and parking could be limited on nearby residential streets. People are encouraged to walk, bike or carpool.

* The Community Center and the Griswold Center will be closed Friday.

* Usual Friday trash collection in Worthington will be moved to Saturday.