Those attending Tuesday night's “Citgo Freedom Over Texas” celebration will see stepped up security in the wake of numerous attacks against large crowds in Europe.
“We're deploying dump trucks on certain streets at our major entries to our event,” says Susan Christian, director of the Mayor's Office of Special Events. “Other than that, there's a lot you will see and some that you won't see relative to security.”
Country artist Hunter Hayes and Joe Jonas' DNCE headline the event at Eleanor Tinsley and Sam Houston Parks, which draws tens of thousands of Houstonians each year.
Clear bags are helpful, but not necessary. Christian says coolers, food, drinks, firecrackers and drones are not allowed in the event.
“We will not allow any drones on the site exept for the two that we've permitted,” she says. “So do not fly your drones over our site, do not bring them in the site, we will tell you take them back to your car or we will confiscate them.”
Some items are allowed to make the evening more comfortable. A complete list of what you can and cannot bring is listed on the event website.
“You cannot bring coolers on site unless you have a special need to do so, like if you have babies and formula, of course,” she says. “We actually allow umbrellas because the heat is very oppressive here.”
Freedom Over Texas runs from 4p to 10p -- ending with the city's annual Fourth of July fireworks.