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July 4, 2003

Albany- Organizers were up bright and early Friday morning preparing for a two-day Fourth of July celebration.

"Today, July the fourth, is a family oriented kids day. We have vendors associated with children, we have events associated with children. You see in the background, they're setting up the rock climbing wall. We have pick up the ducks, dunking booth, fishing poles for the children," explains Phil Cannon, of the Downtown Merchants Association.

But kids won't be the only ones to benefit from the celebration. Dozens of vendors are hoping families will shop while having fun.

"I would think there will be a lot of people come through and look and browse. If I book one home show, I'll be happy, but hopefully I'll book some shows and sell some things," says vendor, Vonda Hancock.

After Friday's bash, the party will pick up Saturday with a12-hour adult day. "We have gone through the permit process. We have gotten approved to do outside alcohol consumption as long as you remain inside the orange boundaries of the downtown merchants association block party," says Cannon.

Organizers say those who step outside the boundaries will have to deal with police, but they hope everyone will obey the rules because all the fun will be happening inside, not outside the barricades.

So, if you plan to come out and drink Saturday, remember you must stay between Jackson and Washington Streets to avoid violating the city's open container ordinance.

Posted at 4:00 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com