July 4th is just around the corner; do you know how you’re going to celebrate America’s Independence Day this year? If you’re like many Houstonians, you’ll be at the annual CITGO Freedom Over Texas celebration held at Eleanor Tinsley Park and Sam Houston Park. This year, the event features some new surprises in addition to the usual hallmarks of any great Fourth of July celebration: live music, food, fun for the little ones, and plenty of fireworks. Admission is just $8 when you buy online until July 4th (tickets will increase to $10), and tickets are on sale now; what are you waiting for?
Headlining this year’s CITGO Freedom Over Texas event will be Jake Owen and Kellie Pickler. Owen topped the Billboard Top Country charts in 2011 with his breakout album Barefoot Blue Jean Night and his new hit “Down to the Honkytonk” looks to be another Billboard chart-topper. Pickler, meanwhile, rose to fame on the fifth season of American Idol and has produced three hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.
In addition to live music, the event features the Walmart All-American Kids Zone which offers performances from local norteño band Los Luzeros de Rioverde, aerial arts demonstrations, storybook characters and superheroes, carnival rides, a rock wall, an obstacle course, games, and more. Dozens of food trucks and vendors will be serving up a wide range of treats and meals, and the Bud Light Bayou Beer Garden will be serving up ice cold beer to keep everyone 21 or older refreshed.
Need to cool off? Stop by the Dr Pepper Zone for a little shade, tastings, and family-friendly fun, like interactive painting with local artists.
This year, CITGO Freedom Over Texas will honor the 50th anniversary of one of the most defining moments in both American and Houstonian history: the Apollo 11 moon landing. “CITGO Freedom Over Texas is my favorite signature event of the year, and it is an honor to be back and partnering with NASA’s Johnson Space Center to launch a month-long celebration, leading up to the anniversary date of the Lunar Landing. This anniversary also marks 50 years of a beneficial and successful partnership between the City of Houston and NASA, a true inspiration for America,” says Mayor Sylvester Turner.
To honor the Apollo 11 lunar mission, this year’s CITGO Freedom Over Texas celebration will offer visitors the chance to meet real astronauts, take virtual reality tours of the International Space Station, watch demonstrations of NASA robots, and more.
The 2019 CITGO Freedom Over Texas celebration kicks off on July 4, 2019 at 4:00 PM at Eleanor Tinsley and Sam Houston Parks and along Allen Parkway. The West Gate is at Taft at Allen Parkway; North Gate at Sabine at Memorial; and East Gate at Bagby at Dallas.
See the event’s official website for more information. Or download the MOSECOH app on your mobile device for even more info — the FREE “Mayor’s Office of Special Events” MOSECOH app can be downloaded today at Google Play for Android devices running 4.1 and higher, or at the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad devices running iOS 8.0 or later.
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