Preparations underway for Freedom Over Texas celebration

July 3, 2013 10:09:11 AM PDT
Tomorrow, millions of people will celebrate our nation's birthday. Here in Houston, the official party will have plenty of food, live music and fireworks. Tens of thousands of Houstonians are expected to come out for the annual Freedom Over Texas celebration.

Workers are putting the finishing touches on the stages and getting other areas set up at Eleanor Tinsley Park. Organizers are expecting close to 40,000 people there, and the festivities wrap up with a real bang -- one of the biggest fireworks shows in the country.

A lot of prep work is going on today, as organizers get ready for some huge musical acts.

Tickets are $8 and kids under 5 get in free. One of the biggest attractions, of course, is the massive fireworks display.

Pyrotechnicians have finished setting up the big shells and are spending today prepping the lower-flying aerials and putting on the finishing touches. At least 40,000 different shells will be fired off during the 20-minute display, which is designed not to disappoint.

"They're in for a treat for sure," said pyrotechnician Doug Allen "This is one of the largest shows in the U.S. that gets shot and it's packed full of high-level aerial fireworks, low-level fireworks that's really gonna keep them captivated."

Tomorrow's festivities begin at 4pm. Sheryl Crow and Martina McBride are headlining the concert.

A fireworks show will cap the night off. Remember, you if you can't make it out, you can watch the show on ABC13. Coverage begins at 7pm tomorrow night.

For more information on the event, click here.

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