Worthington residents will have more than one option to celebrate the Fourth of July locally.
On Wednesday, July 4, city-organized festivities begin with the free Worthington Family Picnic, organized by the Dublin-Worthington Rotary Club, on the lawn of Thomas Worthington High School, 300 W. Dublin-Granville Road.
From 4 to 10 p.m., the picnic will offer food trucks, live music and a variety of activities. A "bier garden" will be held next door at the McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening St., which will have its own selection of live-music acts.
Guests can bring food to set up a picnic on blankets or can buy food at the event.
The city's fireworks display will begin at 10 p.m. and can be viewed from the Thomas Worthington lawn or at the school's football stadium to the west of the high school.
For more information, go to worthington.org.
As is customary, the Worthington Hills neighborhood has organized its own celebration and firework display.
Worthington Hills activities begin the weekend before the holiday, with the annual Firecracker Trot 5K at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, July 1, and the Fun Fest to follow from 4 to 7 p.m., both held at Worthington Hills Elementary School, 1221 Candlewood Drive, Columbus.
On Monday, July 2, Worthington Hills will hold its Stars and Stripes softball games, with groups for children 10 and under, children over 10 and adults, all held at the elementary school.
On the holiday itself, the neighborhood's Fourth of July parade will begin at noon. The parade steps off at the corner of Clubview Boulevard North and Highview Drive and ends at Worthington Hills Elementary School. The day concludes with Worthington Hills' fireworks display, which will launch at dusk from the Worthington Hills Country Club, 920 Clubview Blvd. S.
For more information, go to worthingtonhills.org.