Freedom Over Texas' fireworks light up sky

July 4, 2011 8:46:11 PM PDT
After some debate and concern, Freedom Over Texas, one of the country's biggest Fourth of July celebrations and fireworks shows went off without a hitch.

From the stage to the crowd, from dusk to dark, stars and stripes were everywhere.

"It's fantastic. It's finally cooled off so it's great right now. It's very nice," Houston resident Lad Hirshfeld said.

Families who had no fireworks in their own communities due to the drought took a seat in Houston on Monday night.

"We've never gone to the Freedom Over Texas. I've always wanted to, but we usually go closer to home, but they ban everything so I thought we should go out, and we're having a great time," New Caney resident Cheryl Carter said.

"This is actually the first time right here in Houston, but we've been going to Katy the last three or four years," added Katy resident Jonathan Rohas.

Houston firefighters made sure grounds were soaked for the show, but a lack of water on this hill didn't stop kids from sliding.

There was plenty of entertainment for kids from hula hoops to impromptu challenges that drew a crowd.

"We had fun, from the face painting, the balloon jump for the kids, and they shoot basketball, play soccer, just having a whole bunch of fun out here today, " Houston resident Monica Williams said.

Families will remember this Fourth.

"I remember we used to come up to the other side and people would throw beach balls to each other, back and forth, but it's been at least 10 years since I've been here but I remember coming here as a little girl," Houston resident Gaby Montes said.

About 1,500 fireworks went off at the site on Monday.

Mayor Annise Parker mentioned several times that firefighters were stationed throughout the grounds, many over the fireworks.

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