HOUSTON — They were determined, but the rain had its way. The Freedom Over Texas festival have been canceled, but the fireworks show will still go on as planned, officials said.
On Tuesday, the Freedom Over Texas planners said the festival was still going to take place, rain or shine, but Mother Nature was stronger than expected on the 4th of July.
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Doug Aller from Pyrotecnio said, "A lot of the fireworks we use are waterproof, now. The stuff that isn't, we cover with plastic, and we can shoot in the rain, pretty much shoot in any conditions."
"I have no doubt in my mind that people are not going to let a little rain keep them away!" Producer Susan Christian from the mayor's office said.
Aller added, "The safety element generally for the public is just respect the barricades and stay behind the safety lines."
Final preps were underway Tuesday at Eleanor Tinsley and Sam Houston Parks for the mayor's annual Independence Day spectacular featuring food, fun, fireworks, four music stages— and bag checks.
"Don't bring anything unless you need to bring something in," Christian said. "We will have plenty of security on site, as we do all the time. Those that you see and those that you don't see and lots of cameras around."
The Houston Police Department issued a statement: "Remember to be vigilant and aware of your surroundings and if you see something suspicious, report it to police immediately. Remember, if you see something, say something."
Christian added, "Drones are not allowed on this site. We will take them up and if they come in, we will confiscate them. That's for our patrons' safety."
Tickets were priced at $8 online until midnight, and $10 on the day of the festival. Kids under five were to have free admission.
The gates were set to open at 4 p.m. For many, it was all about the sparklers that were to light up the sky. The 17.5 minute show set to music was expected to begin at 9:35 p.m.
"The best view of the fireworks is not close," Aller said. "It's actually farther back."
Pretty good tip from the pyrotech-spert!