|Freedom Over Texas Lights Up The City For Independence Day And In Celebration Of The 175th Anniversary Of Texas|
Mayor Annise Parker Invites Texans to Houston’s Official Fourth of July Celebration Featuring Live Music, Family Activities and a Stunning Fireworks Extravaganza
Fireworks will ignite the sky, and country tunes will set the stage for an extraordinary patriotic celebration at Mayor Annise Parker's official Fourth of July event, Freedom Over Texas. Country music artists Jack Ingram, Chris Young and Rodney Atkins will perform at the annual event held from 4 to 10 p.m. on Monday, July 4, culminating with a spectacular fireworks show that will light up the downtown skyline. Admission to the event is FREE with the donation of one canned food item per person for the Houston Food Bank. In conjunction with the Fourth of July festivities, the State of Texas celebrates its 175th anniversary this year.
"I believe it is important and our civic duty as Americans to stop and celebrate the birth of our nation and pay tribute to the men and women who have made great sacrifices so that we may live in freedom," said Mayor Annise D. Parker. "I invite Texans to join us for this annual celebration so we may demonstrate the importance of honoring our country, respecting the values of our founding fathers, and instilling pride in our community."
The 25-year-old tradition and lively outdoor festival will feature star-spangled performances on the Freedom Stage by country music stars Jack Ingram, Chris Young and Rodney Atkins.
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Ingram, a Texas-born songwriter and performer, won the 2008 Academy of Country Music award for "Best New Male Vocalist." This country star remains in the forefront of country music with the radio hit "Barefoot and Crazy," from his seventh studio disc of his career.
With the release of his third studio album, "NEON," Young's first single, "Tomorrow," hit the top 20 in only six weeks. Young's first three singles have all hit #1 on the charts, including the smash hit, "Gettin' You Home," a song that earned him his first Grammy nomination.
Platinum selling artist, Atkins has topped the charts over the years with his country music hits including "If You're Going Through Hell" and "Watching You." In addition to the overwhelming radio and video airplay, Atkins earned the Academy of Country Music's Top New Male Vocalist award, plus five other ACM nominations and two Country Music Association nominations.
In addition to this year's entertainment lineup, the festival will also spotlight local and regional musicians. Throughout the day, three stages will keep toes tapping with Latin, R&B and Rock up-tempo melodies.
When the concert comes to a close at 9:30 p.m., eyes will turn skyward for an extraordinary fireworks spectacular perfectly set to a selection of America's favorite tunes, from patriotic songs to rock 'n' roll hits to classic bestsellers. Producing the show will be Pyrotecnico, one of the most innovative fireworks companies located in Texas.
Festival-goers will enjoy booth exhibits and family friendly patriotic activities that will encompass Buffalo Bayou and Eleanor Tinsley Park:
KBR Liberty Park – “Symbols of Freedom”
A reminder of the patriotic roots of the Fourth of July, Liberty Park will showcase historical military artifacts from the Military Museum of Texas including, U.S. M-60 tanks, armored vehicles and military jeeps as well as a representation from all five military branches.
Recruiting on site will be the Army, Navy, FBI and HPD.
Get a firsthand look at the support services that KBR provides our military armed forces stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Meet veterans from the National Sojourners, a group who supports all patriotic aims in Masonry. In addition, they will present "Build A Flag," to educate attendees about the evolution of the flag.
The Military Museum of Texas and the Museum of Printing History will exhibit documentation and historical items that have shaped our nation's history.
Interested in a new career? Visit with recruiters on site from the FBI, HPD, Army and Navy.
Bud Light Zone
Visitors will be able to "cool off" with a cold one at the Budweiser Beer Garden, and enjoy a prime view of the seventh annual Bud Light Texas Volleyball Championship Series Finals.
Inside the Budweiser Beer Garden enjoy live music by Ira Perez and a DJ by Kracker Nuttz or get an autograph from your favorite Texans Cheerleader.
The Bud Light MXT Vehicle, a truck that has three elevated flat screens, will be equipped with an Xbox 360® system, Satellite Dish, sound system and Guitar Hero® III.
The Select 55 Hot Air Balloon will be on-site taking Houstonians high in the sky for breathtaking views.
Walmart All American Kids Zone
More than 30,000 square feet of free educational programming and entertainment await children.
Houston Public Library's HPL Mobile Express computer lab, will teach child how to use a computer.
Houston Fire Department's Smokehouse will teach kids the importance of fire safety.
Historical costumed characters will talk with children about the documents that defined our government.
Kids performing for kids will bring the stage to life with artistic performances of Alice in Freedom Land, Pirates Never Die, Everybody Mambo, How to be a Princess, Hip Hop for my Country, The Freedom Slide, Dance Dance Dance and much more.
Free electronic "Curb Games," traditional games, rides, face painting and interactive activities will be open to children of all ages.
Reliant Energy’s Red, White & Green Scene
Families will learn how to reduce their carbon footprint and become energy efficient.
Sustainability exhibits on display include recycling, green building, solar power, wind power, sustainable transportation and more
Learn about the City of Houston's green initiatives.
Local area top chefs will be on-site providing samples and cooking demos for all highlighting delicious Fourth of July creations using locally grown produce and meat. Chefs include Randy Evans of Haven, German Mosquera of Ruggles Green and Monica Pope of T'afia.
Houston Area Land Rover Centres will showcase the latest lineup of 2011 Land Rover and Range Rover models.
Everyone can be an athlete at the Family Fitness Challenge Area where activities will be provided by all five Houston professional sports teams including the Houston Aeros, Houston Astros, Houston Dynamo and Houston Rockets.
Freedom Over Texas will be televised on ABC-13/KTRK-TV from 7-10 p.m. on Monday, July 4. In addition, 100.3 KILT will simulcast the music medley specially choreographed for the fireworks spectacular.
With the donation of one canned food item per person to the Houston Food Bank, admission for the event is FREE. Donate a Walmart Great Value product and Walmart will match your donation. Without the donation, tickets will be $8 per person. Children two years and under will be admitted free. In keeping with last year's theme, Freedom Over Texas will expand its offering of recycling receptacles, encouraging all patrons to recycle.
Freedom Over Texas sponsors include: Anchor Sponsors: Bud Light, KBR, Houston Area Land Rover Centres, Walmart; Additional sponsors include; Houston Chronicle; 100.3 KILT; HOT 95-7; Mix 96-5; SportsRadio 610 and Mega 101 FM, Reliant Energy, Shell, Southwest Airlines, McDonald's, Xerox, Luzianne Iced Tea, Silverleaf Resorts, Direct TV, Kellogg's Frosted Flakes, Texas Southern University and ABC Entertainment. In-kind sponsors include Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Houston Downtown, Camping World, Greenstar Recycling, Metro, Houston Dynamo, Houston Rockets, Houston Astros, Houston Aeros, Houston Texans, Cool-A-Zone and Street Stadia. Co-producers: City of Houston/Mayor's Office of Special Events and KTRK-TV ABC-13. The Community Partner is the Houston Food Bank. The event benefits Central Houston Civic Improvement, Inc., a non-profit 501 (c) (3).
For more information, visit the Freedom Over Texas Web site at www.freedomovertexas.org.