ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany city leaders are calling the Fourth of July holiday weekend events a "Big Success", and said they are confident they will provide a strong economic impact for downtown in the future.
City officials estimate about 8,000 visitors watched the Fourth of July fireworks in downtown Albany Monday night.
In past years, there have been crime and gang disturbances during holiday events, but this year Albany Police reported a well behaved audience, with only one arrest.
"We did have a couple of minor situations. Open containers and people shooting off firecrackers," said Albany Police Chief Michael Persley.
Albany city officials estimate about 4,000 people attended the Saturday night music concert and about 1,000 for the movie in the park.
Downtown manager LaToya Cutts said the large number of people visiting downtown will enhance it's image, and get people from around South Georgia enthused about visiting.
She said the goal now for next year is to grow the Fourth of July events and bring more people downtown.
The police said the city has worked hard to make sure the events are safe and want everyone to feel safe attending.
"It's a lot of fun. Family friendly events. We want to make sure that the families do come out and they enjoy it. So the more the merrier," said Persley.
The downtown manager said plans are already in the works to make next year's Fourth of July holiday even bigger, with hopes of attracting even more people to celebrate Independence Day.
Chief Persley said the biggest concern they had again this year was unaccompanied children, especially parents dropping kids off and leaving them unsupervised.