Col. Don Davis, commanding officer of Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany, talked with members of the media recently about the installation’s upcoming Independence Day celebration currently set for June 27. (Staff Photo: Jennifer Parks)
MCLB-ALBANY — After financial constraints prevented festivities last year, one of the major events in Southwest Georgia to celebrate the nation’s birthday is coming back.
Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany is celebrating with the community as it hosts its annual Independence Day celebration on the base on June 27.
The event, set from 4-10 p.m., will be free and open to the public. Access to the installation will be granted at 4 p.m. Due to sequestration budget cuts, Independence Day was last celebrated on the installation in 2012 — when the base welcomed approximately 10,000-11,000 residents of Southwest Georgia.
On a typical year, as many as 15,000 people from the area attend the celebration.
“The one thing that we realized last year when we didn’t have it because of sequestration, it was missed,” said Col. Don Davis, commanding officer of MCLB-Albany. “… It is our opportunity to give back a little bit.
“We’ve got a lot of employees, about 5,000. We’ve got employees who work on equipment and protect Marines. This is an opportunity to celebrate with one another … it’s an opportunity for the community to come out.”
Food and beverage vendors will be on hand, and entertainment is planned for both children and adults. The evening will conclude with a fireworks display, coordinators say.
Due to security concerns, visitors will be subject to search. All guests are encouraged to arrive early for proper processing to gain base access, and there will be free parking outside the main gate on Fleming Road. Handicapped parking will be available in the Human Resources parking lot adjacent to the main gate, and shuttle service will also be available for those with special needs.
The public is asked not to bring weapons of any kind, alcohol, coolers, pets other than service dogs or dress inappropriately. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome.