Special to the Journal
This year the Flint RiverQuarium joins the downtown Independence Day festivities on July 4 with special admission price, extended hours and a joint program with Thronateeska before the city fireworks display. But first, Marine Corps Logistics Base will start the celebration off with a bang on Friday, July 1.
Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany will demonstrate support of the local community as it hosts the annual Independence Day celebration from 4-10 p.m. Friday. The event is free and open to the public. Highlights that evening are scheduled to be the, the Albany Marine Band performances, a military working dog K-9 demonstration and special guest Miss Georgia 2010.
Food and beverage vendors will be on hand, and plenty of entertainment is planned for both children and adults. The evening will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display.
Last year, more than 10,000 spectators attended the event. The event is scheduled to open to the general public at 4 p.m., the fireworks are scheduled to begin just after sunset and the event will conclude about 10 p.m.
Due to security concerns, visitors should be prepared to encounter random screening points for both individuals and vehicles. All guests are encouraged to arrive early, and there will be free parking outside the main gate on Fleming road.
The public is asked not to bring alcohol, coolers, pets, weapons or dress inappropriately. All bags will be subject to inspection. The public is welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets.
For more information, call the MCLB Albany public affairs office at 869-1665.
On Monday, July 4, visitors can enjoy the RiverQuarium from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. for only $5 per person for all ages. Additionally, a joint ticket to both the Flint RiverQuarium and Thronateeska Heritage Center is available for just $8. These prices cannot be combined with any other discounts. The joint ticket may be purchased at either location.
Admission to the RiverQuarium includes all RiverQuarium exhibits, close-up animal encounters, a dive show at 2 p.m. and a screening of Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure in the Imagination Theater. Theater seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Thronateeska admission includes the new science museum, history museum and one show in the recently opened state-of-the-art planetarium. Thronateeska hours on July 4 are
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Flint RiverQuarium is southwest Georgia’s premier aquarium, featuring more than 1,000 animals that call the Flint River watershed home. The Flint RiverQuarium is located at 101 Pine Avenue in downtown Albany, Georgia. Regular operating hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
The city’s Independence Day celebration begins with vendors opening at 5 p.m. Monday along South Front Street and continues at 7:30 p.m. at Veterans Park Amphitheatre with a performance by the Albany Marine Concert Band.
Opening ceremonies for the fireworks celebration starts at 8:45 at the amphitheatre. The fireworks show will start about 9:30 p.m. from the southeast corner of the Albany Civic Center parking lot. Patriotic music will accompany the fireworks.
The Civic Center’s southeast parking lot will be closed. All other downtown parking lots will be open. Entrance to the Civic Center parking will be open from Washington Street only; the Front Street and Oglethorpe entrances will be closed.
No recreational vehicle parking will be allowed in the Civic Center parking lot. All personal fireworks, including sparklers, are prohibited. No alcohol is allowed and none will be sold at the city celebration.
For information, call the Albany Recreation and Parks Department at 430-5222.
PHOTO BY KEVIN HOGENCAMP
The Albany Recreation and Parks Department’s Kristen Caso and fireworks expert Dale Henry speak during a press conference Tuesday announcing plans for Independence Day activities planned by the City of Albany, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Thronateeska Heritage Center and the Flint RiverQuarium.