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Albany plans Fourth events all weekend long

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  It's a staycation weekend in Albany with events to celebrate the Fourth of July all weekend long.

The events will kick off Friday at the Marine Corps Logistics Base. The gates will open to the public at 4:00 PM and will close at 8:30 PM so everyone can be in place for the fireworks which start at 9:00 PM. You're not allowed to bring coolers, guns, knives, or pets onto the military installation.

Albany's Downtown Partnership will also sponsor a movie in the park Saturday. The movie choice, The Blind Side. Recreation and Parks says they've tried to come up with enough events to keep people in town.

"What we wanted to do was provide as much as we could for the citizens of Albany we know times are tough economically even people who normally go to the gulf with the oil spill maybe they are staying in town so we are giving them plenty of opportunity to get out and enjoy," said Kristin Caso, Albany Recreation and Parks Department.

Sunday the City of Albany will host their fireworks display. The best place to view the city's display is from the Civic Center. A portion of Front Street will be blocked off for people to set up lawn chairs.

Both Thronateeska and the Flint Riverquarium are offering discounted tickets and special hours Sunday. Admission to the Flint Riverquarium is only five dollars or you can buy a joint ticket to Thronateeska for eight. Albany's Fireworks will start at nightfall around 9:00 PM and they're expected to last about 45 minutes.

City of Albany
Independence Day Fireworks Celebration, Sunday, July 4, 2010


• James H. Gray, Sr. Civic Center on Sunday, July 4, 2010.

• Opening Ceremonies start at 8:45 pm at Veteran's Amphitheater; the fireworks show will start around 9:30 pm from the southeast corner of the Civic Center.

• A variety of patriotic music will accompany the fireworks.


• Vendors with food and beverages for sale starting at 5:00 pm.


• The Civic Center's southeast parking lot will be closed for the fireworks. All other parking lots will be open. Entrance to the parking will be from Washington Street only; the Front Street  and Oglethorpe entrances will be closed.

• No R. V. parking will be allowed in the Civic Center parking lot.

• Ample parking downtown is available in the two parking decks located on Jackson and Washington.

• Park for free in the RiverQuarium parking lot (non-reserved spaces).

Other Information

• All personal fireworks, including sparklers, are strictly prohibited at the event due to safety issues.

• This is a family-friendly, non-alcoholic event and coolers will be checked.

• Questions - Call the Recreation and Parks Department at 229-430-5222.


Flint RiverQuarium and Thronateeska Plan Joint Fourth of July Promotion Alien Attack: Target Everglades opens at the Flint RiverQuarium

This year the Flint RiverQuarium joins the downtown Albany Fourth of July festivities with a new exhibit, special admission price, extended hours and a joint program with Thronateeska.

On Sunday, July 4, visitors can enjoy the RiverQuarium from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. for only $5 per person for all ages. Additionally, a joint ticket to both the Flint RiverQuarium and Thronateeska

Heritage Center is available for just $8. These prices cannot be combined with any other discounts. The joint ticket may be purchased at either location.

The RiverQuarium latest exhibit, Alien Attack: Target Everglades, opens Sunday in the Adventure Center. Alien Attack offers a top-ten countdown of the most dangerous plants and animals and their threat to the area's fragile ecosystems. Live aliens on display include the Burmese python, Mayan cichlids, exotic frogs, and more.

In addition to live examples of harmful alien species, the Alien Attack exhibit presents vivid photographs of invasive species that might be found in your own back yard, along with recommendations on what can be done to resist the invasion. A few plant examples common in Southwest Georgia are Chinese privet, coral ardisia, nandina and Japanese climbing fern.

Admission to the RiverQuarium includes all RiverQuarium exhibits, close-up animal encounters, a dive show at 2 p.m. and a screening of Wild Ocean in the Imagination Theater. Theater seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Thronateeska admission includes the new science museum, history museum and one show in the recently opened state-of-the-art planetarium. Thronateeska hours on July 4 are 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

The Flint RiverQuarium is southwest Georgia's premier aquarium, featuring more than 1,000 animals that call the Flint River watershed home. The Flint RiverQuarium is located at 101 Pine Avenue in downtown Albany, Georgia. Regular operating hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

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