CITGO Freedom Over Texas

Frequently Asked Questions

Event Information

What is Freedom Over Texas (FOT)?
Freedom Over Texas is the Mayor’s Official Fourth of July Celebration that recognizes our nation’s birthday. The annual festival brings out more than 40,000 people into the heart of Houston for fun, food, entertainment, and a dazzling firework display!

What type of event is FOT?
It is a fun and interactive outdoor festival that accommodates people of all ages.

Who may attend?
Everyone. This event is open to the general public.

When is the festival?
Thursday, July 4, 2019

What time is the festival?
4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Where is the festival located?
Eleanor Tinsley Park and Sam Houston Parks downtown along Buffalo Bayou

Can I leave the festival and re-enter without paying?
Sorry, there is no re-entry into the festival.

How can I volunteer?
To learn more about being a volunteer please click this link --

Are there ATMs on site?
Yes. ATMs are conveniently located around the festival.

What organizations sponsor the festival?

How may I contact the festival’s organizers?
Please contact the Mayor’s Office of Special Events at 832.393.0863 with questions or inquiries.

How can I get the most updated information about the festival?
Visit our website -- Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updated information, cool prize opportunities, and much more!

Ticket Purchases and Festival Rules

What is the festival cost?
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Are there ATMs on site?
Yes. ATMs are conveniently located around the festival.

Are there any military or senior citizen discounts?
Sorry, unfortunately we are not offering any other discounts.

Are there any additional costs other than the festival admissions tickets?
All stage performances and entertainment are included with admission. Food and beverage costs are not included in the admissions cost.

Where can I purchase tickets?
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What can I use my credit or debit card to purchase at the festival?
Credit or debit cards may be used to purchase festival admissions tickets. You may also use a credit or debit card to purchase beverages ONLY. You will need CASH to purchase food.

I ordered my ticket online, how will I RECEIVE my ticket?
If you order tickets online, there is an option to print them out and bring them with you to the festival or GO PAPERLESS - you may keep your confirmation on your phone to be scanned at the admission gates

Do I need to PRINT out my tickets?
No – you do not need to print the ticket if you have a smart phone. Our festival greeters at the admissions gates can scan your phone for entry. If you do not have a smart phone, then you will need to print the ticket and bring it with you to an admission gate.

What is allowed on site?
You may bring lawn chairs, blankets, sun screen, mosquito spray, hats, sunglasses or shades and your patriotic spirits! Umbrellas under 4’ in diameter are also allowed.

What should I wear to the festival?
Please wear weather appropriate clothing and shoes as the festival site has much to see and do!

Can I bring strollers, wagons, and wheelchairs?
Yes. All areas of the festival are accessible for strollers, wagons, and wheelchairs.

What is prohibited on site?
You may not bring in outside food and beverages. Special needs food and infant formula is OK.  No unauthorized vending, sales, solicitations, or promotions. No ice chests, skate boards, weapons. Animals are not allowed unless for special needs.

Festival Entertainment

Where can I find more information about the festival activities and entertainment?
Please visit our Freedom Over Texas website for more information on entertainment and to learn about each area of the festival.

Who are the featured artists for this year’s festival?

Jake Owen - Headliner
Multiple chart-topping singer/songwriter, Jake Owen has been an American Country Music fan favorite since his breakout album, “Barefoot Blue Jean Night”, which landed at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and garnered four consecutive #1 hits. Originally from Florida, Jake’s unique sound, and songwriting helped win him the 2009 Academy of Country Music Top New Male Vocalist award and the 2012 American Country Award’s win for Breakthrough Artist of the Year. Owen’s new single “Down To The Honkytonk” is rapidly climbing the Billboard Country Airplay charts on his new album, “Greetings from Jake”.

Kellie Pickler – Special Guest
Kellie is an American country music artist, actress and television personality who gained much fame and popularity after she participated in the 5th season of American Idol and walked away with the 6th position. Since then, she has released several hit country albums, including Small Town Girl and 100 Proof producing three hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. Her newest hit talk show, Pickler & Ben, is Nashville based and co-hosted by Ben Aaron and co-produced by country superstar, Faith Hill.

What time does the firework display start?
Fireworks by Pyrotecnio will begin promptly at 9:35 p.m. to 9:52 p.m.

Is there a Lost Kids Area at the Festival?
Yes. Lost Kids is located in the Walmart All-American Kids Zone.

Where is EMS located at the festival?
EMS is located in various areas around the site or you may ask a festival staff representative with a radio for assistance with an emergency

Parking Directions and Lodging

How do I get to the festival and where can I park?
There is plenty of easy parking near the festival: street level, surface lots, or underground parking. Event parking is also available downtown at the Theater District Parking Garage and at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.

What about public transportation to the festival?
METRO is available for your transportation needs. For information on routes and schedules, please contact METRO at 713.635.5000 or visit

Where can I find a festival site map, event guide, or schedule for the festival?
Festival site maps (.jpg) and schedules will be available on this website.

Where can I stay near the festival?
Our Official Hotel Sponsor – C. Baldwin Curio Collection by Hilton is the best place to stay. Call 713.759.0202 to reserve a room

Festival Concessions

How do I pay for food and beverages?
Your admission ticket does not cover food and beverages. Prices will vary. You may purchase food with cash. Some vendors may accept credit and debit cards. All beverage stands will accept cash, credit or debit cards. There are multiple ATMs located throughout the site.

What types of food will be sold at the festival?
A variety of family-friendly food and beverages will be available for your selection pleasure.

Are there ATMs on site?
Yes. ATMs are conveniently located around the festival.

See you at CITGO Freedom Over Texas!!!