'Freedom Over Texas' lineup announced

May 26, 2011 1:46:22 PM PDT
It's almost time again to celebrate the nation's birthday and that means another spectacular Freedom Over Texas celebration.

ABC13 and the city of Houston will team up again for the city's official Fourth of July celebration. This year's mainstage acts feature three county music stars -- Jack Ingram, Chris Young, and Rodney Atkins. Mayor Annise Parker said this year's celebration will have another special meaning.

"It is the 175th anniversary of the state of Texas and the 175th birthday of the city of Houston," said Mayor Parker.

Freedom Over Texas features the country's largest land-based fireworks display which will take place after the concerts.

Festival-goers will enjoy booth exhibits and family friendly patriotic activities from 4-10pm that will encompass Buffalo Bayou and Eleanor Tinsley Park:

  • KBR Liberty Park Symbols of Freedom -- Liberty Park will showcase historical military artifacts from the Military Museum of Texas including, U.S. M-60 tanks, armored vehicles and military jeeps as well as a representation from all five military branches.
  • Bud Light Zone -- Visitors will be able to cool off with a cold one at the Budweiser Beer Garden, and enjoy a prime view of the seventh annual Bud Light Texas Volleyball Championship Series Finals.
  • Walmart All American Kids Zone -- More than 30,000 square feet of free educational programming and entertainment await children.
  • Reliant Energy's Red, White & Green Scene -- Families will learn how to reduce their carbon footprint and become energy efficient.
  • With the donation of one canned food item per person to the Houston Food Bank, admission for the event is free. Without the donation, tickets will be $8 per person. Children two years and under will be admitted free.

Freedom Over Texas will be televised on ABC-13 from 7-10pm on Monday, July 4.

For more information on the above activities, visit the Freedom Over Texas Web site at www.freedomovertexas.org.

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