Annual celebration draws 'record-breaking' crowds

    Annual celebration draws 'record-breaking' crowds. / Photo: Danielle Ledbetter<p>{/p}

    The city of Albany says Wednesday's downtown celebration and fireworks were record breaking for attendance.

    The city's public information officer, Monique Broughton-Knight says the amphitheater was filled to capacity for the concert.

    She says that's about 5,000 people seating at the concert alone.

    Broughton-Knight says there was around 20,000 people in the downtown area on Wednesday evening.

    The event was probably well-attended because of the weather and because the event was well-advertised, according to Broughton-Knight.

    The city also says the attendance at the celebration is promising for more events to come in the future.

    She says," It really gives us hope for booking events and having Spectra come in and they're looking forward to putting on more acts. That [The Fourth of July Celebration] really kind of gave them a outlook on how the city will support events."

    They are also happy there weren't any criminal incidents at Wednesday's event.

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