And the rockets' red glare: a booming good Independence Day

The July 3 Pops Concert literally ended with a bang as guests enjoyed a fireworks show which lasted more than 30 minutes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cadet Stephen Ayres)

The July 3 Pops Concert literally ended with a bang as guests enjoyed a fireworks show which lasted more than 30 minutes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cadet Stephen Ayres)

A B-1 Bomber from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, draws the crowd’s eyes toward the sky as it performs a flyover of the Pops Concert July 3. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cadet Stephen Ayres)

A B-1 Bomber from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, draws the crowd’s eyes toward the sky as it performs a flyover of the Pops Concert July 3. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cadet Stephen Ayres)

The Goodfellow Color Guard prepares to post the colors for the playing of the Star Spangled Banner at the Pops Concert July 3. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sean Blumenhein)

The Goodfellow Color Guard prepares to post the colors for the playing of the Star Spangled Banner at the Pops Concert July 3. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sean Blumenhein)

Students and staff members from the Goodfellow NCO Academy stand in formation as children, staff and parents from the Child Development Center walk in procession in front of the academy. The procession was part of the CDC’s small parade in celebration of Independence Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Musal)

Students and staff members from the Goodfellow NCO Academy stand in formation as children, staff and parents from the Child Development Center walk in procession in front of the academy. The procession was part of the CDC’s small parade in celebration of Independence Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Musal)

Children, parents and staff from the Child Development Center recite the pledge of allegiance July 3 at the flag pole in front of the Goodfellow NCO Academy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Musal)

Children, parents and staff from the Child Development Center recite the pledge of allegiance July 3 at the flag pole in front of the Goodfellow NCO Academy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Musal)

Goodfellow students volunteer to hold flags representing each of the U.S.’s 50 states and territories. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kamaile Chan)

Goodfellow students volunteer to hold flags representing each of the U.S.’s 50 states and territories. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kamaile Chan)

Col. Richard Ayres, 17th Training Wing commander, says a few words of appreciation on behalf of Goodfellow Air Force Base while joined by other local community leaders on stage. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kamaile Chan)

Col. Richard Ayres, 17th Training Wing commander, says a few words of appreciation on behalf of Goodfellow Air Force Base while joined by other local community leaders on stage. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kamaile Chan)

Spectators look on with hands over their hearts as the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra plays the national anthem during the Pops Concert July 3. Active duty and retired members of all services stood during the playing of their respective services’ songs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kamaile Chan)

Spectators look on with hands over their hearts as the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra plays the national anthem during the Pops Concert July 3. Active duty and retired members of all services stood during the playing of their respective services’ songs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kamaile Chan)

Twenty members from the Ft. Concho, Ft. Griffin and Ft. Chadbourne infantry, artillery and cavalry fired shots from behind the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial River Stage using three historic cannons. The roar from the cannons signaled the start of the 2007 All American Pops Concert July 3.  More than 20,000 people gathered around the banks of the Concho River in downtown San Angelo to enjoy the annual Independence Day celebration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kamaile Chan)

Twenty members from the Ft. Concho, Ft. Griffin and Ft. Chadbourne infantry, artillery and cavalry fired shots from behind the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial River Stage using three historic cannons. The roar from the cannons signaled the start of the 2007 All American Pops Concert July 3. More than 20,000 people gathered around the banks of the Concho River in downtown San Angelo to enjoy the annual Independence Day celebration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kamaile Chan)

Spectators look on as the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra accompanies Symphony Search winner Mark Copper’s rendition of “The Impossible Dream” during the Pops Concert July 3. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kamaile Chan)
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Spectators look on as the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra accompanies Symphony Search winner Mark Copper’s rendition of “The Impossible Dream” during the Pops Concert July 3. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kamaile Chan)

Carlos Santana (located below left hand of Puerto Rican flag), a supply clerk for the Army’s  344th Military Intelligence Battalion, is joined by family and friends as he and his wife Trisha (standing to the left) celebrate the Fourth of July for the fourteenth consecutive time at the Goodfellow Recreational Camp at Lake Nasworthy.  
“It is important to spend time with family and those who are close to you on special days like the Fourth of July,” said Mr. Santana. The Santanas and their guests prepared Puerto Rican-style food to go along with the traditional American barbecue food of burgers and hot dogs.

Dozens of other people spent  their Fourth of July at the camp barbecuing and taking advantage of the amenities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luis Loza Gutierrez)
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Carlos Santana (located below left hand of Puerto Rican flag), a supply clerk for the Army’s 344th Military Intelligence Battalion, is joined by family and friends as he and his wife Trisha (standing to the left) celebrate the Fourth of July for the fourteenth consecutive time at the Goodfellow Recreational Camp at Lake Nasworthy. “It is important to spend time with family and those who are close to you on special days like the Fourth of July,” said Mr. Santana. The Santanas and their guests prepared Puerto Rican-style food to go along with the traditional American barbecue food of burgers and hot dogs. Dozens of other people spent their Fourth of July at the camp barbecuing and taking advantage of the amenities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luis Loza Gutierrez)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- More than 20,000 people gathered around the banks of the Concho River in downtown San Angelo to enjoy the 2007 All American Pops Concert July 3 at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial River Stage.

The San Angelo Community Band and the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra celebrate another year of existence for the "Good 'ol U.S.A." with stellar, musical performances. 

The event featured live musical performances by the symphony. Musical selections for the evening included patriotic songs such as the Star Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful. Col. Richard Ayres, 17th Training Wing commander, said a few words of appreciation on behalf of Goodfellow Air Force Base.

A total of 20 members from the Ft. Concho, Ft. Griffin and Ft. Chadbourne infantry, artillery and cavalry fired shots from three historic cannons. The boom from the cannons signaled the start of the concert and enhanced the impact of the sound generated by the music. 

More than 60 members from various organizations from Goodfellow Air Force Base, such as the Color Guard participated in the event. 

The evening literally ended with a bang as guests enjoyed a fire show that lasted more than 30 minutes.