Freedom Over Texas
Fireworks will ignite the sky, and country tunes will set the stage for Houston’s signature annual patriotic celebration, US Family Health Plan Freedom Over Texas from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Monday, July 4 at the newly renovated Eleanor Tinsley Park on Buffalo Bayou (along Allen Parkway).
Darius Rucker, formerly lead vocalist of Hootie and the Blowfish, will headline the main stage. Rucker is a GRAMMY® Award winner and a 2009 CMA New Artist of the Year Award winner. Special guest the Eli Young Band will also perform. They are known for such country hits as “Crazy Girl” and “Even If It Breaks Your Heart”. Houston’s own The Suffers will also share the stage, showcasing their signature fusion of rock and ‘Gulf Coast Soul’. Florida native and contemporary country artist, Brooke Eden will kick off the main stage entertainment. The evening will culminate with a spectacular fireworks display, choreographed to music, by CITGO.
- Festival Rules and Regulations (.pdf)
- Read the 2016 Press Release
- Questions about the event? Click this FAQ link!
This year’s festivities include the Walmart All-American Kids Zone, a children’s entertainment area with a stage featuring entertainment for young and old, alike; the Bud Light Bayou Beer Garden and a fun in the sun good time; Liberty Park featuring a stage with amazing talent and a salute to all 5 branches of the military; the Dr Pepper One of a Kind Zone, featuring Houston professional sport team set-ups and Dr Pepper and Clamato drink sampling at the Flavor Zone!; and ending the evening with an exciting fireworks finale sponsored by CITGO. Be sure to see what takes place behind the scenes via live streaming on ABC.com with the CHRISTUS Health Backstage Pass! US Family Health Plan is a product of CHRISTUS Health.
US Family Health Plan Freedom Over Texas will further expand the availability of recycling receptacles to make it easier for attendees to recycle. The City of Houston is committed to supporting green initiatives and promoting sustainability.
The Houston Parks & Recreation Department regulations prohibit dogs, amphibians, reptiles and snakes that are considered dangerous. Therefore, we require the ban of all such animals. This does not include Seeing Eye dogs or other dogs that provide assistance to physically challenged individuals. No smoking allowed in any City of Houston park interior and exterior spaces/facilities.
Mayor's Office of Special Events
Freedom Over Texas is one of the signature events produced by the Mayor's Office of Special Events. The City of Houston Mayor's Office of Special Events (MOSE) produces and permits events for the City of Houston. City-wide and neighborhood festivals, dedications, inaugurations, parades, tree plantings, fun runs, galas, ground-breakings, holiday celebrations are examples of events coordinated by this office.
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