ALBANY, GA (WALB) - After a three year hiatus, Albany's Fourth of July Fireworks are back downtown Saturday night for the first time in three years.
Many Downtown businesses will be open, hoping to attract new customers and revitalize the district.
The fireworks show will be the big draw Saturday night. But several businesses like RED, the Riverfront Entertainment District, will have food, live music and comedy shows to entice people to stay and enjoy downtown.
New businesses are open downtown
Eric Culbreth, owner of Cool Scoops, is looking forward to the thousands of people that will be in downtown Albany Saturday night for the Independence Day Celebration. He knows it's a chance to showcase his restaurant's ice cream and hot dogs.
"It can introduce the businesses in downtown Albany," Culbreth said, "let them know what we have going on here in downtown Albany."
"This is definitely a good time for downtown Albany to shine," said RED Food Manager Papa Love.
The Flint RiverQuarium and Thronateeska have a lower ticket price special on Saturday, and are inviting people to come early and visit their exhibits.
"We are a great facility. We have wonderful attractions for you viewing pleasure. And we are a great educational facility. And we'd like to get that across to the public," said Flint RiverQuarium Education Curator Melissa Martin.
The businesses will be open early and will stay open late, urging people to stay downtown and give them a try.
Owners noted that downtown Albany is growing, and they want the community to help in the revitalization.
With thousands of people coming to celebrate America's Independence, they hope South Georgians will support Albany's business development.
If you are going to the Downtown Albany fireworks:
Officials say do not bring your own fireworks to the downtown Albany show.
Albany Police will be out in full force over the weekend.
They remind everyone it is a family event and they don't want parents dropping off their children and leaving.
All types of fireworks, alcoholic beverages, and weapons will not be allowed at this city permitted event.
"By no means can you bring fireworks to the fireworks show," Albany Fire Department Assistant Chief Sebon Burns warned. "We are just saying come out and enjoy the fireworks we have at the Civic Center, and hope your family has a good time."
Albany Police will have plain clothes officers on duty in the crowd, as well as dozens of officers in uniform, to make sure the celebration stays family friendly.
Schedule of Downtown Albany events:
The downtown July 4th festivities begin Friday with a free movie downtown.
The Lego Movie will begin just after sundown at the Riverfront Park on South Front Street.
On Saturday, the concert at Veterans Amphitheater begins at 5:30 p.m. with the headline act Clarence Carter taking the stage at 7:30 p.m.
The fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. at the Albany Civic Center.
If you need a place to park, the downtown decks will be open at no charge, providing an easy walk to the Civic Center.