This year's headliners, country music chart topper Hunter Hayes and MTV Video Music Award winners DNCE, took the stage in front of a crowd of thousands in Eleanor Tinsley Park, with the downtown Houston skyline forming a picturesque backdrop behind concertgoers.
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On three other stages around Buffalo Bayou Park, more than a dozen local and regional acts wowed the crowds with their Fouth of July best.
The night ended with a fireworks display for the ages accompanied by a patriotic soundtrack that kicked off with Lady Gaga's rendition of "God Bless America" from Super Bowl 51 in Houston earlier this year.
Throughout the event, visitors shared with ABC that which, in their minds, defines the land of the free and the home of the brave.
"My favorite thing about America is that it's free," one visitor said.
"There's no place like America," another person declared.
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