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City of Albany kicks off weekend full of events

The Fourth of July weekend will be full of events and activities (Source: WALB) The Fourth of July weekend will be full of events and activities (Source: WALB)
The streets are expected to be busy the entire weekend (Source: WALB) The streets are expected to be busy the entire weekend (Source: WALB)
Families are encouraged to join in on the free events (Source: WALB) Families are encouraged to join in on the free events (Source: WALB)
Joe-Jane Eccleston (Source: WALB) Joe-Jane Eccleston (Source: WALB)
Tommy Gregors (Source: WALB) Tommy Gregors (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The city of Albany had a lot planned for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Friday night's activities kicked off the weekend of fun in downtown Albany. Many people arrived for the Flint River Roll, a bike ride for both kids and adults.

After the bike ride there was yoga in the park. These were only the beginning of what was going to be a very busy weekend in Albany.

The streets may have been calm Friday night, but they will be buzzing throughout the weekend.

Joe-lane Eccleston was with her daughter for the weekend from New Jersey. She was happy the city had events to cater to everyone.

"Especially for families like us. I think we are going to stay for the fireworks on Monday," said Eccleston.

Musical acts will take the stage starting at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. American Idol winner Reuben Studdard is set to perform in the Veterans Park Amphitheater along with the Craig Lewis band.

On Sunday, families are encouraged to bring a blanket and watch Hotel Transylvania at Riverfront Park. The Riverquarium will also provide discovery activities all day.

The Flint Riverquarium and Thronateeska Heritage Center will also be open all weekend and on the fourth.

Tommy Gregors is the director of the Flint Riverquarium and Thronateeska Heritage Center. He said the aquarium was already busy.

"We've had a busy day even today. I think just a lot of people are coming in and a lot of out of town guests are coming to town and looking for things to do," said Gregors.

On Saturday, children can learn about science and the moon at the Weatherbee Planetarium.

"We are very excited about that opportunity and for our contribution to the economic development here in our community," said Gregors.

Eccleston looks forward to bringing her daughter to the events. Most of all, she is looking forward to the fireworks.

"I think she is going to love the fireworks because she has seen them before and it just amazes her," said Eccleston.

The fireworks will take off from the Broad Avenue bridge Monday night for the first time in more than eight years.

Food trucks will fill the streets starting at noon and live music will begin in Veteran's park at 5:30 p.m.

Parking will be available in both downtown decks and at the Civic Center.

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