ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Despite the rain on Friday afternoon, hundreds gathered to watch fireworks at the Marine Corp Logistics Base for the 22nd Annual 4th of July celebration.
Parents and kids ran through the puddles, a sign they weren't going to let the showers rain on their parade.
"It was downpour earlier and like a lot of times people see the rain and they'll think I'll stay in the house," said MCLB Executive Officer Nathaniel Robinson.
The high turnout was a big surprise to Robinson.
"I'm glad to see that the people stuck it out and celebrate the 4th of July," said Robinson.
Sawyer and Savannah Gay from Sylvester were pumped about the festivities, especially, the "fireworks...and getting toys."
Kids played on the bouncy castles, and even rolled on the wet ground.
MCLB Albany Commanding Officer James C. Carroll III explained he reached out the National Weather Service to make sure attendees were safe.
"Anytime you bring on a large number of guests you want to make sure all options covered in the event of something terrible would happen," remarked Carroll.
They partnered with Dougherty County School System to stage buses in case they needed to move folks inside from the rain.
But luckily, the bad weather cleared out just in time for the fireworks.
The show lit up the sky and also reminded folks about the real meaning of the holiday.
"It celebrates all of the people who have been in war and fought for us," said Sawyer.
"You know it's alright to get out and have your barbecue but you also need to take the time to and reflect on what Independence Day stands for," remarked Robinson.
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