Attendees fill the Buffalo Bayou Park while Kelly Pickler performs during CITGO Freedom Over Texas festival on Thursday, July 4, 2019 in Houston. Elizabeth Conley/Staff photographer COVID-19 precautions are certainly not as drastic as they were a year ago, but things aren’t back to normal just yet. Houston Mayor […]
COVID-19 precautions are certainly not as drastic as they were a year ago, but things aren't back to normal just yet.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Monday that "Freedom Over Texas" will go on, but timing, social distance, and low vaccination rates in the Houston area are all contributing factors in the the celebration being held virtually for the second year in a row.
"July Fourth is so important to us," said Susan Christian, director of special events. "We celebrate our freedom, we celebrate those commonalities that we share as Americans. I don't think there's any bigger [proponent] of what July Fourth stands for in both celebration and meaning than my boss, Sylvester Turner."
We are committed to providing a patriotic program that reflects the diversity and strength of our city and one that celebrates the ideals of our founding fathers. We will honor veterans and active military who have made the greatest sacrifice for our country. ��— Houston Mayor's Office (@houmayor) June 1, 2021
Mayor Turner confirmed that the fireworks display will take place and spectators will be allowed to gather in parks across Houston, including Eleanor Tinsley Park.
"While I wish we could hold a huge Fourth of July celebration downtown, we're not just yet there," the Mayor said during a press conference. "However, we're still moving forward."
No one could have guessed we would be where we are six weeks ago, the Mayor noted — but it takes time to plan large events.
Country singer Lee Brice will headline the event, which will also feature platinum-selling recording artist Jimmie Allen, Brian Jack and the Zydeco Gamblers, and 2019 "American Idol" contestant Alanis Sophia.