ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An awesome fireworks show thrilled thousands of visitors to the Marine Base tonight and wrapped up a day of family fun at the base.
This was Patricia Evans' third time she's attended the Independence Day Celebration base with her family.
"The environment is quite peaceful, safe, secure. And it's just one of Albany's main events for the 4th," said Evans.
Evans is a veteran who served eight years in the U-S Army. She said July 4th is one of her favorite holidays.
"The memories from inviting different family members each year to celebrate this event with my daughter and myself," said Evans.
Evans arrived at about 4 p.m. with her sister and five great nieces and nephews to find good seating in the shade. She enjoyed watching her 11-year-old daughter Patrice share the experience with her relatives.
"I'm excited about my family and my little cousin Taylor having fun and exploring and everywhere. I really want to see her laughing," said Evans.
Children enjoyed bouncy castles and other activities. Musical artists performed and there was plenty of food.
Evans was most excited to share the holiday with her mom.
"I usually think about my mom being a veteran and the celebration is like...talking about veterans and making the fireworks and the whole things about the veterans," said Evans.
Marine Sergeant Christopher Light agreed.
"This is definitely a marine's favorite holiday," said Sgt. Light.
Light said it was another great event for the community.
"I love it. It's great to get to see everybody and all the people come out and have a good time," said Sgt. Light.