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City of Albany ready to light the sky

July 3, 2007

Albany--  Colorful lights will soon light the Albany skies in celebration of the red, white and blue. The city is preparing for what they're calling the biggest Independence Day Fireworks Celebration in Southwest Georgia.

Downtown Albany is pretty empty and quiet right now but that will all change in a matter of hours. "We are touting this as the biggest fireworks show in Southwest Georgia," said Albany Recreations and Parks Director Suzanne Davis.

People from all over Southwest Georgia are expected to fill downtown Albany for the city's annual fireworks celebration. "Somewhere between 25 and 35,000 people," said Davis. If some of those attendees got used to last year's location, it's changed. Ongoing construction at Riverfront Park caused city leaders to come up with another plan.

"With the construction at that facility we felt it was better to move it down to the Front Street, Civic Center area," said Davis. It's a different location, but same enthusiasm. Entertainment will begin at the top of the 6 o'clock hour and vendors will fill the Civic Center parking lot.

"There will be Wildcats vending. They can bring their own food," said Davis. Families will turn out in huge numbers so not many will be able to park in the lot but that doesn't mean you can't get to the action.

"We are encouraging people to park downtown and utilize the transit service," said Davis. Buses will run every 15 minutes and you could get more than a ride.

"There are a limited number of Wildcats and Peanuts tickets that we are giving away on the transit service," said Davis. 100 Wildcats tickets and 100 Peanut tickets are available, just one of many reasons to celebrate the 4th with the city.

Albany Recreation and Parks Director Suzanne Davis promises a big event.

"People can expect a wonderful show. We are choreographed to music," said Davis, "a wonderful 35 to 45 minute fireworks show."

A show so big that plans are already in the works for next year to top it. "Bigger and better, always bigger and better," said Davis.

So you'd better get on downtown for the show and claim your part in this year's biggest independence event.

Free rides will run every 15 minutes from in front of the Albany Herald at the corner of Pine and Washington and from in front of The Cookie Shoppe on Jackson. Opening ceremonies are at 8:45 p.m. and the big show follows at 9:30. The show will be choreographed and simulcast on Cumulus Radio's 107.7.

People can bring food and beverages but alcohol is prohibited.  It's a family-friendly environment and police will check coolers.

Limited parking is available at the Civic Center but people can also park in the RiverQuarium parking area.  No RV parking is allowed at the Civic Center and Front Street and Oglethorpe entries will be closed to traffic.  People can enter through Washington street only.  

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