John Adams, a lawyer, the first vice president and the second president of the United States, was part of the Second Continental Congress who signed the Declaration of Independence. He wrote to his wife, “I believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival… it ought to be celebrated by pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other …”
Boy did he get it right.
And boy, does Albany do its share to substantiate Adams’ prophecy.
From the massive Independence Day celebration at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany on Friday to the City of Albany’s fireworks on Sunday, with lots of fun in between, community and patriotic spirit will be in abundance this weekend in the Good Life City.
“It’s a great ‘stay-cation’ here in Albany this week,” said the Albany Recreation and Parks’ Department’s Kristen Caso. “There’s no reason to leave town to have fun>”
Along with the Rock, Roll and Run Mardi Gras festivities and the Christmas parade, Independence Day is one of the three times of the year Albany is showcased to the southwest Georgia region and beyond.
“It’s an opportunity for all of the local facilities to collaborate and give back to the community and bring the community together,” said Thronateeska Executive Director Tommy Gregors.
Here’s what’s in store:
Friday, July 2: Celebration at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Base officials previously said that the gates will open at 3 p.m.; now, they say that people should not arrive before 4 p.m. Admission is free; Miss Georgia is the special guest, there will be performances by the Albany Marine Band and demonstrations by the military working dog team. Bring blankets and lawn chairs, but not guns, knives, pets or coolers.
Saturday, July 3: Free showing of the movie The Blind Side at Veterans Park Amphitheatre at dusk (between 8:30 and 9 p.m.).
Sunday, July 4: Special Sunday-only joint pass for activities and exhibits at the Flint RiverQuarium and Thronateeska Heritage Center. Admission is just $8 for both attractions – a pass to the Imagination Theatre is included.
At 5 p.m. exhibitors will open downtown in preparation for the free City of Albany fireworks display, which is at 9:30 p.m. in the southeast corner of the Civic Center. Personal fireworks are no longer allowed at the event.
For information, call the Albany Recreation and Parks Department at 430-5222.