June 12, 2014 --
Waterslides, mini rock climbing and inflatable obstacle courses as well as airbrush tattoos are just a sampling of activities that will be offered here June 27 to celebrate Independence Day.
Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany will host the celebration starting at 4 p.m. and ending with a fireworks display that is slated to begin around 9:30 p.m.
The event, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled one week prior to July 4, providing more flexibility.
“With the large number of people expected, precautions are in place to ensure everyone is safe and security of the base is maintained,” Capt. Justin Jacobs, deputy public affairs officer, Public Affairs Office, MCLB Albany, said.
Jacobs advised all visitors to arrive early and enter the base at the Main Gate on Fleming Road for proper vetting.
“Civilians must have proof of insurance and a valid driver’s license,” he said.
He further advised no large coolers, large bags, alcoholic beverages, weapons or animals, with the exception of service animals, will be allowed aboard the base during the event.
In 2013, federal budget cuts caused the event to be cancelled; however, officials here are excited to be able to recognize the annual event with a top-notch celebration again this year, according to John Richard, management and program analyst, Operations and Training Division, MCLB Albany.
“This is going to be a really good time for everyone who comes out,” Richard said. “We want the (Southwest Georgia) community to understand the base supports our local talent,” revealing there will be local bands to entertain, as well as local vendors to feed attendees.
To fully enjoy the day, Richard suggested coming to the base with lawn chairs, blankets as well as an empty stomach.
He named Marine Corps Community Services, Fiesta Foods, Gena’s Funnel Cakes, Nickamillion, Pa’s Place, Papa Johns, R & T Concessions, Sonny’s Real Pit Barbeque and Wilma’s Place as vendors scheduled to feed hungry patrons.
“We look forward to everyone coming to enjoy the festivities,” Richard said. “The event is expected to draw thousands of guests to the base.”
According to Richard, past celebrations have garnered great response from the public and the expectation is the same for this year.
July 4 is celebrated in recognition of the Continental Congress approving a final draft of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 4, 1776.