ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Starting on 4th of July weekend the streets will be full. For the first time, there will be a whole weekend of events.
Festivities will begin on Friday with the 'Flint River Roll'.
The pavilion will be filled with stars on Saturday for the music concert featuring American Idol winner Reuben Studdard.
Downtown manager Latoya Cutts says the celebrations are a chance to attract more people downtown.
"We're trying to incorporate a lot of different things into downtown so that people will have different experiences when they come here and so we will have a diverse group of people here," said Cutts.
The firework spectacular will be set off from the bridge this year. It will be the first time the city was able to do the event in eight years.
Guests are recommended to park at the Albany Civic Center and watch the festivities from Ray Charles Plaza or Riverfront Park.
Here is a full schedule of events:
- style="margin-left: 40px;">The 'Flint River Roll' will kick off the City of Albany’s 4th of July Celebration Weekend on Friday, July 1. The 'Flint River Roll' is sponsored by the Pecan City Pedalers and is open to adults and children.
- style="margin-left: 40px;">Immediately following will be 'Cool Down Yoga' in Riverfront Park with Sylvia Maxwell from the Albany Yoga Project.
- style="margin-left: 40px;">A refurbished bike donated from the Albany Police Department will be given away.
- style="margin-left: 40px;">Friday night’s activities will begin at 6:30 p.m. Guests are asked to park on Pine or Broad avenues.
- style="margin-left: 40px;">Beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 2 is the 'Music in the Park' event featuring American Idol winner Ruben Studdard and the Craig Lewis Band. The G&S Band, Broken Glass, and the Ryan West Band will also be performing throughout the evening. The music events will take place at the Veterans Park Amphitheater. All guests are asked to park in the Civic Center parking lot.
- style="margin-left: 40px;">On Sunday, July 3, holiday weekend festivities will continue with the 'Movie in the Park' event at Riverfront Park .The featured film will be Hotel Transylvania 2.
- style="margin-left: 40px;">Guests are asked to park in the Riverquarium parking lot with showtime beginning at sundown (approximately 8:45 p.m.).
- style="margin-left: 40px;">Independence Day festivities will begin at 12 p.m. with food vendors and patriotic merchandise for sale near Riverfront Park and Turtle Grove Park.
- style="margin-left: 40px;">Live music from local bands will take place at Veteran’s Park Amphitheater from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
- style="margin-left: 40px;">The fireworks show will start at 9:30 p.m. on the newly opened Broad Avenue Bridge.
City officials say that the best viewing area will be from Riverfront Park and the Ray Charles Plaza.
All Independence Day events are family-friendly and non-alcoholic.
All personal fireworks, including sparklers, are strictly prohibited throughout the day's events due to safety issues.
The Civic Center's parking lots will be open Monday, July 4. Entrances to the parking lots will start at Washington Street.
Participants are encouraged to park at the Civic Center and walk down the Riverfront Trail to Riverfront Park or the Ray Charles Plaza.
There will be additional parking throughout the downtown area, as well as in the two parking decks located on Jackson and Washington streets.
Various food truck vendors will provide concessions throughout the weekend's events.
All events are free of admission.