Several of us have done this for years and always a great time more of a picnic than a paddle but guaranteed fun. Meet in the parking lot at the very West end of Nationwide Blvd. Easy parking for kayakers and easy exit ( thus far I've been able to get home within 20 minutes). Yes, do bring your kayak flashlight and whistle and registration, every boat is inspected before allowed to enter water. Bring picnic basket and all those other necessities of a party and I'm sure someone will bring a grill. Typically have a land party and then within an hour of fireworks enter water and paddle down stream for a spectacular show! Parking lot is semiprivate compared to the rest of downtown Columbus.
If you don't have a Kayak but are interested in going contact Columbus Outdoor Pursuits, for the last couple of years they have been renting kayaks for this event but contact them early they go fast.
Directions: From 33 or Spring st. North on Hocking St. West on Nationwide Blvd till it dead ends.
In the past we have not had a problem with parking ........ but...... more and more are finding are little secret parking space and if Cota goes on strike it can make those few parking spots scarce so If possible try to share a ride, double up, triple up, pack that vehicle tight with people & kayaks........you get the idea.
For those who haven't gone before traffic can be interesting just getting there, roads start getting closed and the only way I've been able to get in is coming in from the West going East on long street and make a left on Hocking and another left on Nationwide Blvd. Cops have had road closed but if you have a kayak on top or tell them your going to boat ramp they will let you through.
You should bring:
flashlight - any flashlight will pass
PFD - if your over 16 you do not have to wear it on water but will have to have it with you.