Albany fireworks to continue despite drought

Kristen Caso at the 4th of July press conference. / Ashley Knight

It's a little less than a week away, but a lot of people are planning their Fourth of July weekend.

And Albany's show will go on despite a region-wide drought.

The Fourth of July weekend will start early, Friday night at 4 PM to be exact, at the Marine Corps Logistics Base.

"You're gonna have a chance to interact with not only the marines, but also the marine band. There will be several performances throughout the evening," said Lt. Kyle Thomas, Public Affairs Director at the Marine Base.

Vendors, playgrounds and you can also check out military equipment and, of course, see fireworks at 9:00 p.m.

On Monday, the Flint RiverQuarium will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

"We have admission price of $5 that day, includes everything at the RiverQuarium and a movie. And we're also offering a joint admission with Thronateeska for $8," said Wendy Bellacomo of the Flint RiverQuarium.

There will also be a dive show at 2:00 p.m.

Thronateeska will be open Monday from 10 to five. And this year's city fireworks show will begin at 9:30 in the back of the Civic Center parking lot. The Albany Marine Band will play at 7:30 to kick things off at the Veterans Amphitheatre. And this year, the tenth anniversary of 9/11, they dedicate the show to first responders.

"Of the 3,000 casualties that day, 343 firefighters and 60 police officers lost their lives saving tens of thousands of people," said Kristen Caso with the Albany Recreation and Parks Department.

Several cities are actually cancelling their fireworks because of the drought, but Albany isn't one of them. Fire Department Chief James Carswell said he will have plenty of staff on hand should the worst happen.

"There's been droughts before in the area and we've always had our fireworks on. We'll build that under our contingency plan and have fire trucks down there," said Chief Carswell.

But it's not the professionals he'll be worried about that day.

"I'm more concerned about the illegal fireworks being brought into Georgia and also people using sparklers unsupervised. They need to make sure there's an adult there with the kids and make sure there's a water source, whether it's a garden hose or a bucket of water," said Carswell.

As long as you practice safety, everyone can settle in for a fun-filled Independence Day weekend.