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Goodfellow celebrates independence with San Angelo

Constance Kelley, San Angelo Community Band director, conducts the community band at the 30th Annual San Angelo Symphony’s Pops Concert at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial RiverStage in San Angelo, Texas, July 3, 2017. The band played several patriotic songs before the San Angelo Symphony took over. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Constance Kelley, San Angelo Community Band director, conducts the community band at the 30th Annual San Angelo Symphony’s Pops Concert at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial RiverStage in San Angelo, Texas, July 3, 2017. The band played several patriotic songs before the San Angelo Symphony took over. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

The San Angelo Symphony plays “A Salute to the Armed Forces” during the 30th Annual San Angelo Symphony’s Pops Concert at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial RiverStage in San Angelo, Texas, July 3, 2017. During the song, the Goodfellow Air Force Base Honor Guard presented the service flags that corresponded with the song. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

The San Angelo Symphony plays “A Salute to the Armed Forces” during the 30th Annual San Angelo Symphony’s Pops Concert at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial RiverStage in San Angelo, Texas, July 3, 2017. During the song, the Goodfellow Air Force Base Honor Guard presented the service flags that corresponded with the song. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Spectators watch fireworks and listen to the San Angelo Symphony during the 30th Annual San Angelo Symphony’s Pops Concert at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial RiverStage in San Angelo, Texas, July 3, 2017. The concert featured fireworks, patriotic songs and Goodfellow volunteer demonstrations to include a state flag review and a U.S. flag presentation from the South Chadbourne Street Bridge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Spectators watch fireworks and listen to the San Angelo Symphony during the 30th Annual San Angelo Symphony’s Pops Concert at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial RiverStage in San Angelo, Texas, July 3, 2017. The concert featured fireworks, patriotic songs and Goodfellow volunteer demonstrations to include a state flag review and a U.S. flag presentation from the South Chadbourne Street Bridge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Army Sgt. Jason Scribner, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion NCO, inspects troops before the 30th Annual San Angelo Symphony’s Pops Concert at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial RiverStage in San Angelo, Texas, July 3, 2017. Later that night the service members presented all the U.S. state flags for the concert. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Army Sgt. Jason Scribner, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion NCO, inspects troops before the 30th Annual San Angelo Symphony’s Pops Concert at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial RiverStage in San Angelo, Texas, July 3, 2017. Later that night the service members presented all the U.S. state flags for the concert. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Goodfellow Air Force Base service members hold an American flag during the 30th Annual San Angelo Symphony July 3rd Pops Concert at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial RiverStage in San Angelo, Texas, July 3, 2017. The San Angelo Fire Department also hung their own flag for the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Goodfellow Air Force Base service members hold an American flag during the 30th Annual San Angelo Symphony July 3rd Pops Concert at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial RiverStage in San Angelo, Texas, July 3, 2017. The San Angelo Fire Department also hung their own flag for the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Downs, 17th Training Wing Commander, speaks during the 30th Annual San Angelo Symphony’s Pops Concert at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial RiverStage in San Angelo, Texas, July 3, 2017. During his speech, Downs talked about how much he loves San Angelo and how he will miss it when he leaves Goodfellow. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Downs, 17th Training Wing Commander, speaks during the 30th Annual San Angelo Symphony’s Pops Concert at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial RiverStage in San Angelo, Texas, July 3, 2017. During his speech, Downs talked about how much he loves San Angelo and how he will miss it when he leaves Goodfellow. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

SAN ANGELO, Texas -- Goodfellow and the San Angelo community started celebrating Independence Day with the free 30th Annual San Angelo Symphony’s Pops Concert at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial RiverStage July 3.

With over 35,000 in attendance, this event which focuses on uniting our community in a patriotic celebration to honor our military, our leaders and our country, is now the 4th largest concert in Texas.

Service members welcomed newcomers, before the San Angelo Community Band kicked off the concert.

“I always like these kinds of everybody getting together and celebrating our country’s birthday events,” said Lance Cpl. Jacob McDoulett, Maine Corps Detachment student. “I always appreciate good support from the community.”

After the band played, community leaders spoke to crowd about patriotism.

“Our nation is only as good as its people and from the folks in San Angelo we are in good shape,” said Senator Charles Perry, 28th District of Texas Agriculture, Water and Rural Affairs chairman. “Happy 4th of July America.”

The San Angelo Symphony then took to the stage.

While they performed, the crowd enjoyed fireworks and Goodfellow volunteer demonstrations including a state flag review and a U.S. flag presentation from the South Chadbourne Street Bridge.

“I’ve only been in San Angelo for two years … so I’ve been to the concert twice,” said Zachary Downs, concert attendee. “The concert is really great.”

The celebration continued at the Goodfellow Air Force Base recreation camp on July 4th with an Independence Day party. Due to wind and rain, the fireworks from the recreation camp were postponed until July 5.