Huge crowds gathered at Eleanor Tinsley Park for Freedom Over Texas.
Freedom Over Texas is Houston's official Fourth of July celebration that recognizes our nation’s birthday.
The annual festival brings out more than 40,000 people into the heart of Houston - just west of downtown - for fun, food, entertainment, and a dazzling firework display.
The best part of the Freedom Over Texas Fourth of July Festival varies depend on whom you ask.
“I love the food,” Bethany Johnson said.
“Honestly, (I like) seeing all the people,” Adam Hernandez added. “I like people watching.”
Photos: Freedom Over Texas 2017
So, KHOU 11 News sampled people’s reasons for celebrating then quizzed dedicated patriots, with questions from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services test civics quiz, to see just how much they know about their country.
When asked how many US States are in the union, Charles Baker correctly answered “50.” However, when asked who the United States fought in World War II, he responded, “Now that’s a good question.”
Pass or fail, those we met simply love their red, white and blue.
“Shout out to all the veterans, all the people who served, all the family members,” Johnson said. “Happy July 4th baby.”