ATLANTA -- Starting Friday, Atlanta is gearing up for a number of major events, including the Dogwood Festival at Piedmont Park and the Sweetwater 420 Festival at Candler Park.
With the country still on edge after Monday's bombing at the Boston Marathon, Atlanta police are planning to have more officers around town to provide security for the events.
"There will be an increased presence on-duty and off-duty with officers at these events," said Atlanta Police Sgt. Greg Lyon. "In addition, I know we're making our K9 units available throughout the weekend to do multiple sweeps."
In addition to officer presence, law enforcement says there are things going on behind the scenes to keep events safe.
FBI Special Agent Stephen Emmett, a spokesman for the agency, said they have to investigate any potential threat, no matter how small.
After last year's AJC Peachtree Road Race, agents were made aware of an abandoned backpack filled with rice near the route.
"Not exactly sure what that meant, but backpacks in Atlanta, we have some history with that," Emmett said. "So we ramped up some extra precautions."
The FBI later determined it was no threat at all, but not before reviewing hours of camera footage from the race, including 11Alive's own raw footage from the station's coverage that day.
Because they are smaller scale events, the FBI is not directly handling festival security this weekend. But Emmett said the agency is already having discussions about increased security during July's AJC Peachtree Road Race.
"It could mean delays, it could mean more resources, more officers in the area. Just a heightened sense of reviewing any threats," Emmett said.
Atlanta Police remind anyone attending this weekend's events to call police if they notice anything suspicious.