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July 4 celebrations planned throughout the area

Independence Day celebrations will include special musical entertainment

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July; be careful while traveling! (Special photo)

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July; be careful while traveling! (Special photo)

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Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany, will celebrate Independence Day on June 27 from 4 to 10 p.m. (File photo)

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Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany, will celebrate Independence Day on June 27 from 4 to 10 p.m. (File photo)

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The City of Albany will host a celebration July at the Exchange Club Fairgrounds. Gates open at 3 p.m. (F

Southwest Georgia is celebrating America’s birthday in style, with various fun, festive, and firework-filled events from July 27 through July 4.

CITY OF ALBANY

July 4, Exchange Club Fairgrounds. With two stages providing live entertainment, more than 40 vendors, bounce houses from Wilder’s World, Maker Space slip ‘n slide, face painting, and animals from Chehaw, this is a family-friendly event with fun for everyone.

Admission is $2 person or $5 per car with up to six people. Buses are not included in car price, and riders will be charged $2 per person. Military personnel are free with Military ID.

Gates open at 3 p.m. and a fireworks show set to music will begin at 9:15 p.m., but attendees are urged to arrive early in order to avoid traffic congestion.

Security checks will be conducted at the entrance. Attendees are encouraged to bring a chair for fireworks show, but no bags (including chair bags), backpacks, coolers, alcohol, weapons, pets or personal fireworks allowed.

Now in its second year at the Exchange Club, this event sponsored by the City of Albany provides a safe and festive atmosphere for celebrating America’s freedom.

“It’s really just going to be a great, fun time for everyone,” said Albany Parks and Recreation Marketing and Special Events Coordinator Kristin Caso. “Everyone needs to make sure they arrive early, or they may end up watching the fireworks show from the parking lot!”

MCLB-ALBANY

June 27, 4 to 10 p.m., Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany. Free admission; food and beverages will be available, with entertainment for children and adults, concluding with a fireworks display.

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. Shuttle service will also be available for those with special needs.

SHERWOOD BAPTIST CHURCH

An American Anthology: Celebrating the Music of America: 6 p.m., Sherwood Baptist Church, free admission. Journey through 250 years of American music history and learn how the failure and successes of the nation have resulted in a rich, diverse heritage.

With special appearances from Elvis, the Beach Boys, and more, Sherwood will look at the foundation American was built upon, the cost of freedom, and remember why that freedom is still worth fighting for today.

BACONTON

July 4, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Old GA Hwy. 2 (Pecan Festival Grounds), Baconton. Waterslides and basketball tournaments; bring your barbeque grills; food, fun, and entertainment for all.

MOULTRIE

Staggerwing Country Jamboree: July 4, 7-11 p.m. BBQ Dinner, dance. Featuring Gary Page & the Country Rockers. 2099 Georgia Hwy 133 S., next door to Maule Air Inc. Free admission but $3 charge requested to help with the purchase of the BBQ Plate. Great place to dance, and relax; raffle’s, CD’s and more to be given away. For more information, call (229) 888-3664(229) 888-3664.

HISTORIC WESTVILLE

July 4, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Historic Westville. Enjoy three-legged races, sack races, greased pole climb, hobby horse races, apple bobbing, tug of war, live music and a watermelon eating and seed spitting contest. Try the tomahawk throw, the greased pole climb and many other activities. Boiled peanuts and kettle corn will be available for snacks; the Kiser House Restaurant will be serving BBQ and rib plates, corn-on-the cob, and strawberry-blueberry shortcake.

Bring a patriotic decorated stroller, wagon or wheelchair, or dress yourself in red, white and blue and join the parade through the village. Instead of firecrackers, Westville will take a look into the past and blow the anvil every hour.

Cost: Adults & children (K-12): $10; seniors and college: $8; pre-K children: free; military members (active, retired, reserve, National Guard) free with military ID.

GEORGIA MUSEUM OF AGRICLTURE AND HISTORIC VILLAGE,

ABRAHAM BALDWIN AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE, TIFTON

TIFTON (MCT) — A spectacular fireworks display, free watermelon, and sensational sounds from the top 4-H vocalists in Georgia will highlight this celebration on July 3.

Gates will open for fireworks and evening activities at 6 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to set up on the Opry Shelter Lawn to hear live music from the 4-H Clovers & Company beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Clovers & Company includes singers, dancers, and instrumentalists from across the state.

Cost is $10 per car; Military personnel free with Military ID. Participants are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs, and coolers. Alcohol and pets are not permitted. The Museum will also be open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on July 3 at the regular admission cost.

LAKE BLACKSHEAR

Fireworks on the Flint: July 4. Kids water activities all day, Cypress Grill will be open, and fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Music by Andy T. on steel drums and Brandon Wheeler & the Big Gunz.

PERRY

Independence Parade and Fireworks: June 29, 6 p.m., Washington Street, Main Street, Courtney Hodges Boulevard.

Freedom Fireworks Celebration: 7 p.m., Georgia National Fairgrounds West Gate; fireworks begin at dusk. Kid’s Zone arm bands $10; bring your own picnic, coolers, blankets and chairs. No alcohol, pets, or personal fireworks.

For more information on either of these events, call the Perry Chamber of Commerce at (478) 987-1234(478) 987-1234 or visit www.perrygachamber.com.