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    Shell Returns as Sponsor of Freedom Over Texas

    Houston's July 4th celebration features the nation's largest, land-based fireworks show.

    HOUSTON -- Shell Oil Co. is returning this year as a sponsor of Houston Mayor Annise Parker's official Fourth of July event, "Freedom Over Texas With Fireworks Presented by Shell."

    Texas singer/songwriter Pat Green will headline the annual event, held from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 4, with his performance culminating in the nation's largest, land-based fireworks show presented by Shell Oil Co. Admission to the event is free with the donation of one canned item per person to the Houston Food Bank.

    When Green's concert comes to a close at 9:30 p.m., eyes will turn skyward for an extraordinary fireworks spectacular set to a selection of America's favorite tunes, from patriotic songs and to rock 'n roll hits, to classic bestsellers.

    Shell is the underwriter of the 2010 fireworks show for the fifth consecutive year.

    "For more than 80 years, Shell has been a strong supporter of the Houston community and our nation. As a country, we have much to celebrate, and we at Shell are thrilled to participate in the festivities this year," Ben Dillon, vice president regional coordination for the Houston-based oil company, said in a statement.

    In addition to this year's entertainment headliner, the festival will also spotlight a selection of local and regional music. Throughout the day, four stages will range from country western and rock 'n roll, to Latin, R&B and oldies. Booth exhibits and family friendly activities will take place at Buffalo Bayou and Eleanor Tinsley Park as well.

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