Base officials announce cancellation of Independence Day celebration
By Colie Young
| | May 23, 2013
Federal budget cuts are forcing Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany officials to cancel the 2013 Independence Day celebration, which is hosted annually at the installation.
The event usually draws 10-12,000 members of the local and surrounding communities. It has always been free and open to the general public.
Col. Donald Davis, commanding officer, MCLB Albany, said he tried to have the show go on; however, the cost of the event and the stipulations of sequestration made it nearly impossible to host.
“We are unable to conduct our annual fireworks celebration this year due to sequestration,” Davis said. “This decision didn’t come lightly as our MCLB team understands how important this event is to our service members and the local community, but cancelling it will allow us to use all available resources to ensure we can mitigate the fiscal challenges we are currently facing. We look forward to adding the celebration back onto our calendar as soon as it is fiscally responsible,” he added.
Marines here have been holding the celebration for 18 years allowing the general public to fellowship with Marines, Sailors and civil servants at the base. The event provided not only fireworks, but also food, military static displays and musical performances.
“The good news is the City of Albany have partnered with the Exchange Club Fair Grounds and have planned an Independence Day fireworks and festival celebration at the fairgrounds on July fourth,” Davis pointed out. “This means our military and civilian workforce will still have an opportunity to interact with members of the local community to enjoy the nation’s birthday together. Additionally they are looking for volunteers to help with their celebration. I’d encourage everyone who is interested in supporting our community to lend a hand.”
All military with valid military identification will receive free admission to the Exchange Club Fair Grounds for the Independence Day event. Gates open at 3 p.m., fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:15 p.m.