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Security Ramping Up For 'Made In America' Festival

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PHILADELPHIA -

Philadelphia is kicking off the Labor Day weekend with the "Made in America" festival.

Thousands of people are going to be pouring into the city, and police want to make it goes off without a hitch.

The city has actually been mapping out its game plan for some two months to ensure everyone has a good time when the gates open Saturday at noon. But that they stay safe at the same time.

Our cameras were allowed a sneak peek inside some of the many meetings that were held regarding security. The FBI, law enforcement, Homeland Security, city officials, event planners and sponsors were all involved.

Police are trying to prevent any problems such as underage drinking and fights fueled by too much alcohol or drugs, which sometimes go hand-in-hand with these big outdoor concerts.

They say they will be carding people and checking for backpacks or anything suspicious.

And city officials say don't plan on trying to sneak in any drinks of any kind.

There are also all kinds of road closures people need to be aware of. During rush hour this morning, drivers on the Parkway headed from Center City from the Spring Garden Street Bridge or Martin Luther King Boulevard will have to exit at the Eakins Oval on the 24th Street ramp.

Traffic on Kelly Drive coming into the city has to exit at Fairmount Avenue. And then, starting at 10 a.m. Friday, there are major closures throughout that area.

FOX 29's Dawn Timmeney had more details in the above video report Friday morning.

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