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Freedom Days 2007
Beaumont Fourth of July Celebration
News Release
Thursday, June 21, 2007

Beaumont, Texas - Come and join the annual FOURTH OF JULY festivities sponsored by the City of Beaumont at Riverfront Park on Wednesday, July 4, 2007. The park will open at 5:00 p.m. Bring your blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy the fun, food and music. Foods such as barbecue, boudain, hot dogs, pork kabobs, funnel cakes, cotton candy, popcorn, snow cones, and ice cream will be available along with cool beverages. Food and drink will be available in all areas of Riverfront Park.

Festivities will begin at 5:00 p.m. with the sounds of the "Jazz Innovators", so come out, pick a nice spot to relax and enjoy an evening with friends and family.

Our Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be the Honorable Mayor of Beaumont, Becky Ames.

For your entertainment pleasure, the Symphony of Southeast Texas, under the direction of Dr. Jimmy Simmons will perform a fun and exciting program which includes such favorite selections as Armed Forces Salute, Salute to the Big Apple, "Serenade in Blue", Best of the Beatles, "The Pink Panther", and many more.

We will be honored with a flyover from Barksdale AFB in Shreveport, Louisiana. Barksdale is home to the 2nd Bomb Wing which will provide one B-52 aircraft for the flyover. The B-52 is capable of flying at high subsonic speeds and at altitudes up to 50,000 feet. For more than 40 years, B-52 Stratofortresses have been the backbone of the manned strategic bomber force for the United States. The B-52 first flew in 1954, and the B model entered service in 1955. A total of 744 B-52s were built with the last, a B-52H, delivered in October 1962. Only the H model is still in the Air Force inventory and is assigned to Air Combat Command and the Air Force Reserves. The flyover is scheduled at 7:30 p.m.

This year we are excited to again welcome the Southeast Texas Veteran's Service Group who will be providing the color guard and also a "twenty-one gun salute" for us during the program.

The evening will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display accompanied by patriotic music. This is always a sensational panoramic display as the pyrotechnics are reflected in the waters of the Neches River. The evening, provided by the City of Beaumont, is one that you will long remember.






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