Goodfellow celebrates independence with San Angelo
By Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards, 17th Training Wing Public Affairs
/ Published July 05, 2017
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.