So what will the Shell Freedom Over Texas event look like this year?
Last year, the city of Houston celebrated the holiday with a virtual broadcast. This year’s celebration will once again be a live broadcast event.
“Houston is a resilient city. The past 14 months have been tough, but we have persevered once again,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said on Tuesday during the announcement. “This year, Shell Freedom over Texas will once again be a televised and broadcast live event on ABC13, with incredible entertainment and incredible fireworks displays.”
Although this is a televised event, Houstonians can still enjoy the city’s musical tradition and patriotic moments through the live broadcast. Open spaces and neighborhood parks with downtown views are ideal, depending on the city. Eleanor Tinsley Park will be open to families who want to park downtown and walk.
However, gatherings and barbecues are not permitted.
“Six weeks ago we couldn’t predict that we would be where we are today. It takes time to move forward and we are going to do it the best we can,” said Turner.
So who will be performing in this year’s celebration? The special guests are:
- Lee brice: Brice is one of only two artists to become a member of Pandora’s “Billionaires Club” as the format’s most-performed country artist of all time.
- Jimmie allen: Allen is the first black solo artist to win this distinction. The multi-platinum artist released his debut album Mercury Lane in 2018 and made history as the first black artist to launch a career with No.1 songs in a row.
- Alanis Sophie: From the most recent season of American Idol.
- Brian Jack and the Zydeco players: A group to the sound of southwest Louisiana mixed with emerging sounds of R&B.
- Houston Symphony and Houston Methodist Singers: will hold a special patriotic moment.
Each year, Shell Freedom Over Texas donates a portion of the profits to the Houston Food Bank. This year, the city will be offering a “Text to Give” campaign to help the food bank.
The Shell Freedom Over Texas Celebration is a cherished Houston event celebrating the birth of our nation.
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