MOULTRIE -- Patriotic poppers will glitter the sky in a bigger and brighter way this July 4th.

The United States' 226th year of independence marks renewed unity and reverence for the people who died to maintain the freedom we so cherish. But Moultrians will have to travel if they want to see American magic streak the sky.

Jayna Johnson, director of tourism for the Colquitt County Chamber of Commerce, and Amy Johnson, Main Street Program director, said no plans have been made for Moultrie.

Some Moultrians wanting to commemorate their nationalistic surges at big gatherings may go to Albany.

Dale Henry, materials specialist for the fireworks show in Albany, said this year's display has more extras than last year's. Some new touches include a 6 feet by 12 feet American flag mounted on a frame with spotlights, bigger firecracker shells and more red, white and blue.

"(It will be) a bigger show, with this being the first 4th of July of since September 11," Henry said. The show will last 30 minutes instead of 18. Albany's fireworks will start between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. in Festival Park behind the Albany Civic Center.

Albany is not the only place to go.

Sara Sumner, public relations coordinator for Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta, said this year's guests can look forward to a concert starting around 7:30 p.m. and a fireworks show around 9:30 to 9:45 p.m.

People who like to celebrate early may get a head start at Reed Bingham's July 4th celebration next Saturday, June 29. Sam Williams, assistant manager, said there will be a fireworks display after dark, watermelon eating and seed-spitting contests and a miniature golf tournament. A $2 parking pass is required.

For more information about area events, call Albany Parks and Recreation at 430-5222; Reed Bingham State Park at 896-3551 and Wild Adventures guest services at 559-1330.

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