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Organizers declare Fourth of July in Albany a success

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Cleanup is underway in downtown Albany where thousands of people celebrated the 4th of July.

Downtown businesses saw a huge jump in customers and the city says the $25,000 fireworks show was well worth the cost. Organizers say vendors were pleased with their sales as people stretched the length of Front Street from the Riverquarium to the Civic Center. Businesses like the Flint Riverquarium and Thronateeska Heritage Museum that typically aren't open, were and with a joint ticket, people were filing in.

It's the less spectacular side of the Fourth of July. Mounds of trash bags show the hard work put in by the Dougherty County Jail work detail along with Recreation and Parks who took care of the clean up.

"We made a big mess last night. We had a great party downtown, fabulous fireworks and then of thousands of people out here," said Albany Recreation and Parks Kristin Caso.

It cost the city $25,000 for the explosive display, but organizers say, that's an investment to bring thousands downtown.

"It was great for our local restaurants and businesses and gas stations and some of the hotels had people from out of town," said Caso.

Businesses like the Flint Riverquarium and Thronateeska Heritage Center that were open, did well.

"Busy, extremely busy we had vary large groups of people coming in," said Sherrell Lamar, of the Flint Riverquarium.

It didn't hurt the two offered a joint ticket that many big groups took advantage of and the Flint Riverquarim's new alien attack exhibit had the kids talking.

"They were talking about the python, they were talking about all the different creatures," said Lamar.

With more than one thousand people in attendance at Saturday's Movie in the Park organizers called it a successful weekend.

Organizers were already talking about next years event. It will be the 10th anniversary of 9/11 so they're already working to plan something extra to honor all those who lost their lives in the World Trade Centers.

About 40,000 people attended Sunday night's Fireworks show that lasted about a half hour.

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