The Fourth of July may not be until the middle of next week, but preparations are already underway. In addition to the traditional events, a new event is being introduced to the Bayou City. Houston Public Radio’s Capella Tucker has more
Houston’s largest fireworks display, Freedom Over Texas, is on once again in Eleanor Tinsley Park along Allen Parkway. Mayor’s Office of Special Events Deputy Director Susan Christian says the recent rains are forcing some rearranging of the main stage.
“We’ve set up everything but held off on our main stage, you know, it’s 10,000 pounds right there in the bowl of Eleanor Tinsley Park and with the soggy ground conditions it just became essential and imperative that we move that stage up out of that bowl.”
But they will start setting up tomorrow morning. The stage is going to be along the feeder of Allen Parkway which means the in-bound lanes after Taft will be narrowed to one beginning tomorrow morning. So expect delays or take another road, namely Memorial Drive or West Dallas. Allen Parkway will close completely for Freedom Over Texas. Lanes will not completely re-open until Friday to allow for tear down. Turn out for Freedom Over Texas has topped 100,000 in the past.
A new event is coming to town this year and that is Fiesta Houston which is being held at Reliant Park beginning today and lasting for six days. Marketing Director Stephen White says he saw an opening in the market.
“It’s a multi-cultural event it’s very strongly towards Hispanics. For the Fourth of July there wasn’t a really strong Hispanic event in the community so we decided to put it on here.”
White says they’re committed to see how Houstonians accept the new festival. Reliant Park Spokesperson Nina Jackson says
“I don’t think we have a set in stone attendance figure I think we have to look at the entire experience, we’ll just have to see and get feedback.”
Another popular option for celebrating the Fourth of July is the Star Spangled Salute featuring the Houston Symphony at Miller Outdoor Theatre. KUHF will broadcast live from that event beginning at 7:30 pm on the fourth. Capella Tucker, Houston Public Radio News.