Mayor Sylvester Turner Announces Plans for Citgo Freedom Over Texas

Style Magazine Newswire | 6/29/2018, 8:36 a.m.
Celebrating 30 years of July 4th music, fireworks and fanfare on Buffalo Bayou, Houston’s signature patriotic event - CITGO Freedom ...

Celebrating 30 years of July 4th music, fireworks and fanfare on Buffalo Bayou, Houston’s signature patriotic event - CITGO Freedom Over Texas - will turn it WAY up with live performances, family activities and stunning pyrotechnics Tuesday, July 4th from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. For the first time in the event’s history, the celebration will kick off with a patriotic tribute by United States Air Force Band of the West. Five-time GRAMMY-nominated and CMA Award-winning artist, HUNTER HAYES will follow before multi-platinum selling, 2016 MTV Video Music Award-winning DNCE takes the stage.

As is tradition, the evening will conclude with a spectacular blast of fireworks thanks to CITGO who has provided the finale since 2015. This year, CITGO signed on as a dual sponsor providing both the pyrotechnics and titling the event for the next three years.

“Houston is the perfect place to celebrate Independence Day – the people, the patriotism, the community spirit and the corporate support create an outstanding celebration,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “I am personally grateful to CITGO, our new, multi-year title AND returning fireworks sponsor. Because of them and our anchor supporters – one, Silver Eagle Distributors, has been with us for 30 years - we can continue this annual tradition in impressive style.”


Assembled by front man Joe Jonas in the summer of 2015, DNCE first introduced themselves to audiences worldwide with the release of their debut single "Cake by The Ocean," their now certified triple-platinum breakout smash which made them one of 2016's most buzzworthy acts. Released in September 2015 and included on the group's 4-track debut EP, SWAAY (Republic Records), the song entered the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song became a hit at Top 40 radio, becoming one of the most played songs of the year. Following up, gold-selling “Toothbrush” received widespread critical praise from the likes of Entertainment Weekly, People, and Rolling Stone. Recently, the band released their new single called “Kissing Strangers” featuring global superstar Nicki Minaj.

Hayes' talent both as a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has prompted the Los Angeles Times to call him a “country-rock-blues guitar hero in the making.” Fans will enjoy his No. 1 hits – the multi-Platinum “Wanted,” double-Platinum “I want Crazy” and “Somebody’s Heartbreak” - along with bold new releases including a trio of songs Hayes recently released via digital and streaming services: “Yesterday’s Song,” “Amen,” and “Young Blood.” He has been nominated for five GRAMMY Awards, including Best New Artist and won the CMA Award for New Artist of the Year in 2012, along with three BMI Awards and the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Male Country Artist in 2015.

As a fitting tribute to our nation’s birthday, the United States Air Force Band of the West will bring a uniquely motivating experience to the CITGO Freedom Over Texas Stage. The 45-member ensemble from the Air Education and Training Command at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland proudly represents the men and women of the United States Air Force as they travel throughout the southern United States combining pride in the Air Force story with a love for music and education.