Albany -- The City of Albany Independence Day Fireworks Celebration will go on despite the drought, and city leaders promise it will be bigger and better than ever.
One thousand fireworks will be shot from mortars like these from behind the Albany Civic Center on the fourth of July, with two thousand more smaller fireworks to be launched or shot.
For the first time the fireworks show will be choreographed to music, and Cumulus Radio Station Mix 107-point-7 will broadcast the music, so that people across the city can enjoy the show.
Despite the dry conditions, city leaders say the fireworks will not be a fire threat. Fireworks Supervisor Dale Henry said "it's going to work out. People are going to be thrilled with some of the stuff they've got."
Fire Chief James Carswell said "the area that they are going to be using for fireworks is much safer than when they used to do it at Hillsman Park, which was in a neighborhood environment. We feel like we have contingencies set up to cover anything that may happen."
There will be parking available at the four lots next to the civic center, and the two parking decks on Jackson and Washington.
There will also be Albany transit buses to carry people from Jackson and Washington to the Civic Center and back after the show.
And the Flint Riverquarium will be open until 8PM July the Fourth, charging five dollars for the tour and a movie at the Imagination Theater. The fireworks show starts at 9 PM.