A fabulous Fourth in the Capital District

"It is a great night for families and children. We hope families will enjoy the complete SPAC experience," said Gjaja.

Albany County

Price Chopper will host its 31st Fabulous Fourth on The Plaza in Albany. The festivities begin at 2 p.m. at both the north and south ends, with food and craft vendors and children's activities like bounce rides and face painting. Grab a piece of the world's largest sausage patty as Hatfield Quality Meats competes for the title by cooking a patty of more than 1 ton of sausage.

Local rock band Ten Year Vamp will take the stage at 3 p.m., followed by Captain Squeeze and the Zydeco Moshers with some fast-paced southern folk music at 4:45 p.m.

A fan of Price Chopper's "House of Barbeque" tune? Jazz guitarist Melvin Sparks will perform before handing the stage over to the headlining band, the Spin Doctors, around 7:15 p.m. The multi-platinum band has made appearances on Saturday Night Live and in Rolling Stone Magazine and is known for singles such as "Two Princes" and "Just Go Ahead Now."

"We are expecting around 50,000 spectators at the fireworks. This event is the single largest event in the Capital District," said Mona Golub, manager of public relations and consumer services for Price Chopper.

She said this has been the hometown to Price Chopper since it was created in 1932.

"It's our way of giving back to the community that has given us so much," Golub said.

Since Price Chopper started the Fabulous Fourth event 31 years ago, it has never considered not holding the celebration.

The musical fireworks spectacular is scheduled to start around 9:15 p.m. Spectators are welcome to bring coolers, but leave the glass bottles at home.

"It's a time to celebrate being a community and to celebrate being American," said Golub.""

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