Houston’s Freedom Over Texas July Fourth Celebration

Houston’s Freedom over Texas celebration offers a unique July Fourth patriotic salute


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Mayor Annise Parker’s “official” Fourth of July event, Freedom over Texas will be held from four to ten pm at Eleanor Tinsley Park on Buffalo Bayou. Susan Christian, the director of the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, which produces America’s Birthday Celebration, says Houston is fortunate to be home to a giving corporate community:

“We can plan great events, but without good corporate partners stepping up and funding these events, we wouldn’t be able to do it.”

Highlights of the July fourth event include an exhibit of all five branches of the military, family entertainment, a beer garden and the Mens and Womens Texas Volleyball Championship. But the FoT would not complete without dedicaterd volunteers:

“We have about 600 volunteeers on site. It’s just one of those pieces of the wheel that it takes, in order to pull an event of this magnitude off.”

Nanette Van Ostrum has volunteered for this and other events hosted by the city of Houston. She says it gives her satisfaction to contribute in her own way and have fun doing it:

“I enjoy giving back to my city. I’m a native and I feel like it’s my duty to give back to the city. I get to meet a lot of people from a lot of different walks, and it’s nice to meet people in the city that want to give back.”

There are five stages of entertainment, top name acts from diverse musical genres, and a spectacular fireworks display. A portion of the $8 dollar admission fee will be donated to the Houston Food Bank.

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