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Citgo Freedom Over Texas Features Country music star Chris Young

This year Houstonians will celebrate more than three decades of July 4th music and fireworks on Buffalo Bayou. The city’s signature Independence Day tribute, CITGO Freedom Over Texas, returns with new live music acts and spectacular fireworks on Wednesday, July 4th from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m in Eleanor Tinsley and Sam Houston Parks.

“Freedom Over Texas is Houston’s hallmark civic event and it is a true pleasure to welcome our sponsors and community back to Buffalo Bayou to celebrate the birth of our nation and pay tribute to the men and women who have made great sacrifices to ensure our freedoms,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner.  “I invite Texans to join us for this annual celebration so we may demonstrate the importance of honoring our country, respecting the values of our founding fathers, and instilling pride in our community.”

The headliner on the CITGO main stage will be Chris Young who was named “one of his era’s finest traditionalists” by the Associated Press.  Chris Young will break from his sold-out “Losing Sleep 2018 World Tour” to treat Houston to a hit-packed set that highlights his 10 chart-toppers — including back-to-back No. 1s – “Losing Sleep,” “Sober Saturday Night,” “Think of You,” and “I’m Comin’ Over.”  The Grand Ole Opry member and multi-platinum recording artist has earned multiple ACM, BBMA, CMA, CMT, Grammy and RDMA nominations and recently released his seventh studio album, Losing Sleep, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart last November.

Chris Young – Photo Credit: John Shearer

Prior to Chris Young’s performance, The Mavericks will hit the stage to entertain the crowd.   The Mavericks were founded more than 25 years ago as a standout alternative band in the Miami rock scene dominated by hair metal and punk. Their blend of Cuban grooves and Bakersfield-inspired twang netted them several CMA and ACM Awards plus a Grammy in 1995. They charted numerous singles and albums while earning accolades as one of the finest live bands in the business. The band’s 2013 album, In Time, and 2015’s Mono, have brought them back to the forefront after a break and reworking of the band’s talent roster. Expect a genre-defying eclectic mix of Tex-Mex, neotraditional country music, and Latin rockabilly.

The Mavericks – Photo Credit: David McLister

Kicking off the performances on the CITGO Main Stage will be Cupid starting at 4:30 pm.   Cupid is known for his up-tempo party song, “Cupid Shuffle,” which inspired the Cupid Shuffle dance craze.

Photo Credit: J. David Photography

Of course, the grand finale of the evening will be the Texas-sized stunning fireworks show, sponsored by CITGO.


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