The United States of America is about to be 230-years old. Many south Georgians got a jump start on July 4th celebrations.
The Marine Corps Logistics Base held it's 12th annual Independence Day Celebration, opening up the base's gates to anyone who wanted to join the fun. For many people it's more than just a fireworks show.
They illuminated the skies over Albany. Each was symbolic for some people who came to the Marine Corps Logistics Base celebration.
"Just an explosion of joy, that's what it is, freedom," said John Weise.
The fireworks show was just one thing that brought thousands of people together today.
"I grew up in a military family and my husband works out here at the base and just come to support the troops and our military," said Melva Anderson.
It brought the Andersons out today. And brought the Thomas family to the very same place.
"It's an occasion where family needs to be together so little kids can know our rich history, as far as independence," said Kitras Thomas.
The fireworks show reminded people what they are thankful for.
"For our troopers over there in Iraq," said Tanner Anderson.
"We have to realize that we have a lot of men and women out there fighting for our independence," said Shannon Thomas.
It's the sacrifice of others that gives the band the freedom to play on. And why little kids can play carefree. And why these Americans wear smiles on their faces.
For many, their freedom is the real reason to celebrate. Nicole Johnson, WALB News Ten, Albany.
There were several food venders, live music, and a kids play area in addition to tonight's the fireworks show.