July 4 Festivities - City of Albany Press Conference
Officials helping to coordinate the City of Albany's July 4 Independence Day Celebration at the Exchange Club of Albany provide important information for those wishing to attend.
ALBANY — Officials with the city of Albany have made thorough preparations to ensure fun and safety for all at its Independence Day Fireworks Celebration scheduled at 3 p.m. on the Fourth of July at the Exchange Club Fairgrounds.
Food and merchandise from vendors will be available throughout the day, with live music on two stages featuring local artists, including Dj ZAC-D, Mopeland, Barb Wire Frank Dremel, The Mathis Brothers, Meow KaPow, and Unbreakable Bloodline.
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Activities for children will include bouncy houses provided by Wilder’s World, water slides and a slip and slide from Maker Space, a dunking booth and more. Chehaw will also provide an interactive animal display from 3-7 p.m.
A fireworks show will begin at 9:15 p.m., and officials strongly urge attendees to arrive early for the show.
“Last year, we had a lot of people come in right at the last minute, and the show was held up about 15 minutes while we tried to get everybody in,” said Fireworks Coordinator Dale Henry.
“We put on a big show,” Henry said. “It’s probably one of the biggest ones around south of Atlanta, and we want people from all over the area to come out and enjoy the event.”
The fireworks display includes thousands of ground and aerial fireworks in a 30-minute presentation set to music, which coordinators have been preparing since February.
“It’s really kind of amazing the way it’s all set up and the way it’s all done,” said Henry. “You’ll see ground and aerial stuff going off at the same time.”
“Those who arrive late are going to miss the ground work displays,” said Ralph Paustian of the Albany Exchange Club. “With approximately 4,000 ground firework shells set up — if you miss those, then you’re going to miss a lot of the show.”
Safety precautions are in place for the event. According to Henry, each fireworks show crew member has multiple years of experience with this type of production, and emergency teams will be in place for backup as well, including the Albany Fire Department, Albany EMS and Albany-Dougherty Rescue.
Security checks will be conducted at the entrance. Attendees are not allowed to bring alcohol, backpacks, bags, coolers, weapons or pets. All personal fireworks, including sparklers, are also prohibited.
Cost of admission is $2 per person, or $5 per car with up to six people. Buses will be charged at $2 per person. Military personnel are free with Military ID.
In the case of rain showers, shelters will be provided for visitors, and the show will still go on.
“We’ll be out there, rain or shine,” Henry said. “The only year we’ve cancelled the fireworks was in 1994, during the flood.
“We’ve had it rain before up until 5 or 6 p.m., and we still shot the fireworks. We have ways of covering everything up and keeping it dry,” he added.
“We may get wet, but the fireworks will stay dry.”
For further information, contact the Albany Parks and Recreation Department at (229) 430-5222.