Chattahoochee fireworks draw thousands

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By Alice Du Pont

As many as 4,000 people were expected for the Fourth of July celebration at the Chattahoochee Landing Saturday. Gospel music started at 4 p.m. with 87-year-old Frances Goodson of Greensboro on the keyboard. To get into the spirit of the holiday, Goodson, whose hair is white, striped it with red and blue food coloring on either side.

"This is our 13th year and every year it gets bigger and bigger. I don't know where all of these folks come from but we're glad they come,"  said Lee Garner, Chattahoochee city manager.

Lawn chairs and picnic lunches in coolers in tow, people started showing up around 6 p.m. Soon there were large RVs looking for a place to park.

Families in the beds of pickup trucks looked for a spot to claim for the best vantage point to see the fireworks. Others began unloading boats to be on the water.

"This is a big thing. By nightfall, cars will be bumper-to-bumper coming down that hill," Garner said.

The big draw is the fireworks over the river. The Chattahoochee Volunteer Fire Department takes care of the show, which usually last about 45 minutes.

One Tallahassee couple said this was their first time. The Tallahassee fireworks, they said, were too big.