With heavy rain and flooding hitting Houston neighborhoods on July 4, the City of Houston officially canceled the CITGO Freedom Over Texas celebration on Wednesday.
The annual event at Eleanor Tinsley Park on Buffalo Bayou has now been called off after heavy rains flooded the field where the concerts were to take place and streets in the area.
"CITGO wholly agrees with the City of Houston in cancelling today’s Freedom Over Texas event due to weather conditions. We, too, share deep concern for Houston-area residents, and the safety of all participants is our primary concern. While we are disappointed that the celebration cannot convene as planned, we are happy that the fireworks will still brighten the sky at 9:35 tonight. We wish each and every person a safe and happy Fourth of July,” said Larry Elizondo, General Manager of Community Relations, Corporate Social Responsibility and Legislative Affairs, CITGO Petroleum Corporations.
A fireworks display is still expected at 9:35 p.m., but because of safety concerns, roads into the fireworks area will remain closed to public.
I am a kid at heart. Very rarely do I want to cancel a firework show.— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) July 4, 2018
Tonight, the #FREEDOMOVERTX firework show will go on.
The show allows us to pay homage to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice so we can enjoy the freedoms we cherish everyday. #houwx #hounews
The City of Houston will refund the face value of purchased tickets.