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Freedom Over Texas celebrates moon landing, Jake Owen and Kellie Pickler to headline

City is partnering with Johnson Space Center to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing.
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Entertainer Jake Owen performs before the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

HOUSTON — The Freedom Over Texas Fourth of July event will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Monday morning.

The city has partnered with NASA’s Johnson Space Center to spring a special Space City experience to event goers. The event will feature an opportunity to be up close and personal with astronauts, robotic demonstrations, virtual reality fieldtrips to the International Space Station, the Space Exploration Vehicle (SEV), NASA’s Destination Station, and other NASA assets and activities.

The mayor also announced that Jake Owen and Kellie Pickler will headline the concert at the annual event.

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Kellie Pickler arrives at the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Pasadena Civic Center on Sunday, May 5, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

The live performances will be followed by a fireworks show provided by CITGO.

“This anniversary also marks 50 years of a beneficial and successful partnership between the City of Houston and NASA, a true inspiration for America,” Turner said.

Local and regional favorites will be performing throughout the site, including Austin-based musician, Jackie Venson, the Ernest Walker Band, featuring Grammy nominated Mary Griffin and De’Andre Nico (The Voice), Fort Sam Hood 323rd Division Army Band 35 to Nowhere and many others.

The Walmart All-American Kids Zone will feature local performances by norteño band Los Luzeros de Rioverde, a contemporary performance and aerialist show celebrating space exploration by Aldine Carver Dance Company, and appearances from your favorite storybook characters and superheroes.

There will be life size games, carnival rides, a rock wall and obstacle course– something for every age.

The event takes place from 4 to 10 p.m. at Eleanor Tinsley and Sam Houston Parks on Buffalo Bayou (along Allen Parkway).