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Attendees of the 32nd annual San Angelo Symphony Pops Concert watch as fireworks are launched off Celebration Bridge at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial River Stage in San Angelo, Texas, July 3, 2019. The concert included performances by the Community Band, San Angelo Symphony, Goodfellow Honor Guard and a presentation of the 50 state flags. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Seraiah Wolf/Released)

Attendees of the 32nd annual San Angelo Symphony Pops Concert watch as fireworks are launched off Celebration Bridge at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial River Stage in San Angelo, Texas, July 3, 2019. The concert included performances by the Community Band, San Angelo Symphony, Goodfellow Honor Guard and a presentation of the 50 state flags. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Seraiah Wolf/Released)

Goodfellow service members present arms during the 32nd annual San Angelo Symphony Pops Concert at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial River Stage in San Angelo, Texas, July 3, 2019. The Pops Concert is a concert put on by the San Angelo Symphony to celebrate the independence of America and strengthen San Angelo and Goodfellow relations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Seraiah Wolf/Released)

Goodfellow service members present arms during the 32nd annual San Angelo Symphony Pops Concert at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial River Stage in San Angelo, Texas, July 3, 2019. The Pops Concert is a concert put on by the San Angelo Symphony to celebrate the independence of America and strengthen San Angelo and Goodfellow relations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Seraiah Wolf/Released)

Goodfellow service members carry state flags representing the 50 states during the 32nd annual San Angelo Symphony Pops Concert at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial River Stage in San Angelo, Texas, July 3, 2019. The free concert was held as an early celebration of Independence Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Seraiah Wolf/Released)

Goodfellow service members carry state flags representing the 50 states during the 32nd annual San Angelo Symphony Pops Concert at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial River Stage in San Angelo, Texas, July 3, 2019. The free concert was held as an early celebration of Independence Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Seraiah Wolf/Released)

Goodfellow volunteers drape the U.S. flag over the Chadbourne Street bridge during the 32nd annual San Angelo Symphony Pops Concert at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial River Stage in San Angelo, Texas, July 3, 2019. The flag was draped to the playing of “The Overture of 1812” accompanied by cannon fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Seraiah Wolf/Released)

Goodfellow volunteers drape the U.S. flag over the Chadbourne Street bridge during the 32nd annual San Angelo Symphony Pops Concert at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial River Stage in San Angelo, Texas, July 3, 2019. The flag was draped to the playing of “The Overture of 1812” accompanied by cannon fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Seraiah Wolf/Released)

Community Band Director Constance Kelley conducts band members during the opening of the 32nd annual San Angelo Symphony Pops Concert at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial River Stage in San Angelo, Texas, July 3, 2019. The Community Band kicked off the concert before the San Angelo Symphony played a variety of patriotic songs building to the finale of “Stars and Stripes Forever” at sundown. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Seraiah Wolf/Released)

Community Band Director Constance Kelley conducts band members during the opening of the 32nd annual San Angelo Symphony Pops Concert at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial River Stage in San Angelo, Texas, July 3, 2019. The Community Band kicked off the concert before the San Angelo Symphony played a variety of patriotic songs building to the finale of “Stars and Stripes Forever” at sundown. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Seraiah Wolf/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Andres Nazario, 17th Training Wing commander, addresses the crowd during the 32nd annual San Angelo Symphony Pops Concert held at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial River Stage in San Angelo, Texas, July 3, 2019. Nazario expressed his honor to be the commander of a base he was stationed at two previous times. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Seraiah Wolf/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Andres Nazario, 17th Training Wing commander, addresses the crowd during the 32nd annual San Angelo Symphony Pops Concert held at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial River Stage in San Angelo, Texas, July 3, 2019. Nazario expressed his honor to be the commander of a base he was stationed at two previous times. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Seraiah Wolf/Released)

The Goodfellow Air Force Base Honor Guard presents the colors during the 32nd annual San Angelo Symphony Pops Concert at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial River Stage in San Angelo, Texas, July 3, 2019. Nearly 100 Goodfellow service members volunteered to support the free concert held as a celebration of Independence Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chad Warren/Released)

The Goodfellow Air Force Base Honor Guard presents the colors during the 32nd annual San Angelo Symphony Pops Concert at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial River Stage in San Angelo, Texas, July 3, 2019. Nearly 100 Goodfellow service members volunteered to support the free concert held as a celebration of Independence Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chad Warren/Released)

The San Angelo Symphony performs during the annual San Angelo Pops Concert at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial River Stage in San Angelo, Texas, July 3, 2019. The concert is an annual Independence Day celebration meant to honor the history of America and strengthen relations between San Angelo and the Goodfellow Air Force Base community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chad Warren/Released)

The San Angelo Symphony performs during the annual San Angelo Pops Concert at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial River Stage in San Angelo, Texas, July 3, 2019. The concert is an annual Independence Day celebration meant to honor the history of America and strengthen relations between San Angelo and the Goodfellow Air Force Base community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chad Warren/Released)

Attendees of the Goodfellow Air Force Base Independence Day celebration participate in the dunk tank at the Goodfellow Recreation Camp, Texas, July 4, 2019. The event provided food, music and family-friendly activities for base members and guests. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chad Warren/Released)

Attendees of the Goodfellow Air Force Base Independence Day celebration participate in the dunk tank at the Goodfellow Recreation Camp, Texas, July 4, 2019. The event provided food, music and family-friendly activities for base members and guests. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chad Warren/Released)

Members of the First Four Council make cotton candy during the Independence Day celebration at the Goodfellow Recreation Camp, Texas, July 4, 2019. Several base organizations volunteered their time to provide food and entertainment to Goodfellow members and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chad Warren/Released)
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Members of the First Four Council make cotton candy during the Independence Day celebration at the Goodfellow Recreation Camp, Texas, July 4, 2019. Several base organizations volunteered their time to provide food and entertainment to Goodfellow members and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chad Warren/Released)

SAN ANGELO, Texas --

Thousands came out to take part in Independence Day celebrations either at the 32nd annual San Angelo Pops Concert and firework show at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial River Stage on July 3rd, or July 4th celebration at the Goodfellow Air Force Base Recreation Camp.

The Pops Concert is an annual concert hosted by the San Angelo Symphony to celebrate the independence of America and strengthen relations between San Angelo and Goodfellow.

During the intermission, several key speakers for the concert including San Angelo Mayor Brenda Gunter and Col. Andres Nazario, 17th Training Wing commander, addressed the crowd.

 “I was here in 1997 as a student,” said Nazario. “I was here from 2003 to 2006 as a cadre and I am honored to be back now as the commander of the 17th Training Wing at Goodfellow Air Force Base. I am happy to be back and I am happy to renew my relationship with Goodfellow Air Force Base and the community.”

During the first half of the concert, the Goodfellow Honor Guard presented the colors and service members carried state flags representing the 50 states.

“It suffices to say that about 243 years ago some pretty great guys risked their lives, fortunes and sacred honors to found this nation,” said Nazario. “The world has turned over many times since then but the United States has never ceased to be a force for good in it. So let’s celebrate that and recommit to that.  So God bless San Angelo and God bless the United States of America.”

As night fell, the symphony played "The Stars and Stripes Forever" to a fireworks display reaching a final crescendo to ensure the event went out with a bang.

The following day, Goodfellow hosted an Independence Day event for base personnel, family members and guests including music, food and fireworks, hosted by the 17th Force Support Squadron, to wrap up the holiday weekend.

Several base organizations provided entertainment including a dunk tank, bounce house and several other family-friendly activities.