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Thousands keep cool, wait for fireworks to heat up

Medical, security personnel report few problems

Todd Taylor, of Glenville, lays while waiting for the fireworks to begin in Empire Plaza in Albany on Thursday, July 4 2013.
Photographer: Kayla Galway
Todd Taylor, of Glenville, lays while waiting for the fireworks to begin in Empire Plaza in Albany on Thursday, July 4 2013.
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Abby Jones and her friends dipped into cool serenity at the Empire State Plaza on Thursday — by dipping their toes into a Plaza reflective pool. “This helps cool us down,” said Jones, 22, who lives in Albany. “Why aren’t more people doing this? Maybe we’ll start a trend.” Jones was among the thousands of people who visited downtown Albany’s chief gathering spot for the annual Fourth of July food and fireworks celebration. Hot, humid ...

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