NEW ALBANY —
A fireworks display will follow a night of live music along New Albany’s riverfront Saturday, as the city will celebrate Independence Day an evening early.
For the past three years Mayor Doug England has organized a fireworks show and concert at the New Albany Riverfront Amphitheater. This year’s version — scheduled to run from 3 to 10 p.m. — will feature performances by Flathead Screw, Wulfe Brothers and 100% Poly.
“We’re going to have lots of good vendors down there, and some functions for the children,” England said. “It looks like it’s going to be a beautiful weekend for us.”
Early forecasts call for sunny skies and warm conditions over the holiday weekend. Just like the previous editions, England said New Albany’s event was planned for July 3 so residents could enjoy other area celebrations on Independence Day.
“We can become a true region — I don’t want to compete with other cities on Sunday,” he said.
As with all of the performances at the riverfront, Saturday’s festivities are free and open to the public.
“When times are tough, it’s nice to have something comfortable and relaxing in the community to go to,” England said.
His wife, Shelle England, is the chairwoman for the city’s riverfront committee.
“Besides our own vendors that are down there, we encourage people to bring their own picnic baskets if they’d like, blankets and lawn chairs,” she said.
“The fireworks have always been pretty outstanding, and we expect it to be just as big and as exciting as it’s always been.”
Among the vendors, locally owned businesses such as Studio’s Grille and Pub, the New Albanian Brewing Co. and River City Winery will be setup at Saturday’s festival.
Shelle England spends much of her time over the amphitheater seeking sponsorships to fund the events. Despite hard times for some businesses, she credits the community for supporting the summer concert series with donations.
“Because of a lot of our local businesses and foundations and so forth, we have been able to keep this free to the public and we’re very grateful to those people that do have a sponsorship,” she said.
“Because of them, this is able to happen.”