1. 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11's Moon Landing
It is hard to believe that it has already been 50 years since we defied all odds and landed the first men on the Moon on July 20th, 1969. Fast forward 50 years, and Houston still remains a scientific, medical, and exploration hub that is leading the way for NASA's return to the Moon in the next decade.
Given that Houston is home to the Johnson Space Center and played a critical role in the "race to space," this surely had to top our list. The Space City enjoyed a month-long celebration including Mayor Sylvester Turner making an appearance in New York City to ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange, not only representing all of Houstonians but also signifying the importance of Houston's relationship with space exploration and NASA. Thank you Mayor Turner!
Among the notable events in Houston that commemorated this historic feat included the Discover Green's "A Giant Leap: 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing", the "Out of this World Lunar Exhibition" at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Houston Astros' presentation of "Apollo Night" at Minute Maid Park, the "Moon Walk Experience" at Buffalo Bayou Park, and the Museum of Fine Arts' "Media Space City Party". Neil Armstrong's son Rick Armstrong threw out the first pitch on "Apollo 11" night at Minute Maid Park. Also, Houston's very own astronaut celebrity Space Casey made appearances throughout the city's landmarks and even greeted tourists at IAH Airport who were coming to celebrate this special moment in Houston.
2. Citgo's Freedom over Texas
This July 4th celebration was simply spectacular and breath-taking with many Space City-themed activities for children and families of all ages at Eleanor Tinsley Park. With live music from Kellie Pickler and Jake Owen, Mayor Turner greeting attendees and taking pictures with children, as well family-friendly events including a robotics exhibition and NASA mission exhibition, children and newcomers to our city really had the opportunity to learn a lot about Houston's role with respect to the first landing on the Moon back in 1969.
The fireworks show presented by Citgo was masterful and a great display for all Houstonians. With beautiful colors filling up the skyline, it made for a perfect night out with loved-ones and family. This also made us appreciative of what this city does for its citizens. Without doubt, this was the headlining Independence Day celebration in Texas and arguably the entire country. --
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