Freedom Over Texas
Eleanor Tinsley Park
For more than 25 years, the mayor’s official 4th of July celebration, Freedom Over Texas, has lit the sky over Eleanor Tinsley Park on Buffalo Bayou. This year is no different. Musicians including the Ernest Walker Band, Andy Vargas, Tamar Davis and Brent Carter will perform from 4 p.m. to 6:30 pm, then Country music superstars Billy Currington and Sara Evans will perform from 7 – 9:30 and the celebration will conclude with a magnificent fireworks show over the downtown skyline.
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KBR Liberty Park Symbols of Freedom
Get an inside look at KBR, Inc.’s support services in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and meet veterans from the National Sojourners, a group that supports all patriotic aims in masonry. Displayed military artifacts will include armored vehicles, U.S. M-60 tanks and military jeeps courtesy of the Military Museum of Texas. The Army, Navy, FBI and Houston Police Department will offer recruiting on site.
Bud Light Zone
Keep the celebration going in the Bud Light Zone with live music and craft beer in the All American Beer Garden and heart stopping action of the final rounds of the always exciting Bud Light Texas Volleyball Championship. While you are there, be sure to check out the two story Bud Light Build-a-Bar complete with Flat Screens and a prime view of Budweiser’s ever popular – PoolBall, a combination of billiards and soccer. Whatever your flavor, the Bud Light Zone has you covered, here we go!
Look for the SportsRadio 610 crew in the Bud Light Zone!
Walmart All American Kids Zone
Keep the kids busy at the Walmart All American Kids Zone with more than 30,000 square feet of free entertainment. Historical costumed characters will teach kids about U.S. government documents that have defined it throughout history. The Houston Public Library’s Mobile Express computer lab will be available to teach children how to use a computer, and the Houston Fire Department’s Smokehouse will offer fire safety education as well. Click here for a schedule of events at the zone.
While your in the Walmart All American Kids Zone stop by and see the Mix Entourage.
Family Fitness Challenge Zone
The Family Fitness Challenge Zone is full of family friendly activities and games. Activities will be provided by Houston’s own Astros, Rockets, Aeros, Dynamo and Texans. Representatives from the five Houston professional sports teams will be on site to meet fans.
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Reliant Energy’s Red, White and Green Scene
The Red, White and Green Scene, the event’s official environmental zone, offers interactive recycling, green building, solar power and wind energy exhibits. Local celebrity chefs will hand out samples and perform cooking demos highlighting delicious 4th of July creations using locally sourced meat and produce.
Southwest Airlines Sky Stage
Look up for the Southwest Airlines Sky Stage will feature a B-17 Bomber, B-25 Bomber and two A-26 Invaders from the Lonestar Flight Museum performing fly-overs throughout the festival.
2204 Louisiana, Ste. E
Houston, TX 77002
Gotham Pizza is located just a mile south of Eleanor Tinsley Park. With a family friendly menu offering pizza, pasta, salad, wings and subs, it’s the perfect place to grab a bite before, during or after the festival. All of its pizzas and pastas are prepared fresh daily on site.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
1911 Taylor St.
Houston, TX 77007
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit promises something for the whole family. Located just a mile north of the site of the Freedom Over Texas event, it offers kids’ meals with a choice of brisket, sausage or chicken nuggets. For mom and dad options include barbecued pork, chicken and beef, all smoked on site and served with homemade barbecue sauce. All meals are served with homemade sides dishes, rolls and free ice cream for dessert.
Laurie Danas is a former first grade teacher of 10 years, three of which were in Clear Creek ISD. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is now a stay-at-home mom of three daughters, two of which are twin toddlers and the other an eight-year-old. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.