Pub Crawl successful as city's "Staycation" kicks off

Pub Crawl participants enjoy food and drink deals in Montgomery's new downtown alleyway.
Pub Crawl participants enjoy food and drink deals in Montgomery's new downtown alleyway.

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Enjoying the 4th of July doesn't necessarily mean driving out of town.

The City of Montgomery is promoting three days of events designed keep folks at home.  It all starts with a Pub Crawl to kick off what they're calling a Staycation.

And from the looks of things downtown you'd never know folks were out of town.

"We're excited to do something like this," says Montgomery resident Gwen James.

"It's exactly what Montgomery needs," says resident, Lacretia Smith.

The idea seems to be working for Lacretia who says she decided to give downtown a try.

"Just to see how wonderful [it is] and the steps that the city is taking in the right direction. It is beautiful down here."

Organizers say they sold a thousand, $10 tickets to the pub crawl. They say it just goes to show how excited people are for a downtown rebirth.

"The pub crawl was originally planned to bring people out of East Montgomery, Cloverdale, who don't step out of their neck of the woods to see what's happening down here," says Kim Traff with RSVP Montgomery.

13 bars and restaurants are on the summer's second pub crawl.

"We believe in the City of Montgomery, and it was a really good event last time so this time we knew it would be even better," says Dreamland Bar-B-Que owner, Bob Parker.

Now, Lacretia and others say they're sold on downtown Montgomery.

"This will not be my last time visiting."

And that's exactly what organizers want.

The city's Staycation events continue Friday night with a free downtown streetfest.  The event concludes Saturday night with the 4th of July Riverfront Celebration.

Gates open at Riverwalk Amphitheater at 5:00 and admission is free.

Fireworks start after the Montgomery Biscuits game.

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