Houston canceled 4th of July concert over COVID but not Pride Concert


This year, in an effort to protect you from the pandemic, the Mayor of Houston has cancelled the outdoor music concerts the city typical holds on the 4th of July but not an outdoor concert to celebrate Pride Month.

Houston has decided to have a "virtual" concert because outdoor concerts aren't safe enough, according to the Mayor.

Mayor Sylvester Turner confirmed Tuesday the fireworks show will go on and spectators will be allowed to gather at Houston's many parks, including Eleanor Tinsley. However, the concert will be televised and streamed online.
Mayor Sylvester Turner confirmed Tuesday the fireworks show will go on and spectators will be allowed to gather at Houston's many parks, including Eleanor Tinsley. However, the concert will be televised and streamed online.
The reimagined Fourth of July celebration will honor America's frontline heroes.
"I wish we could hold a huge Fourth of July event in downtown, but we're still not quite there," Turner said. "It takes time to kind of move forward."

Making matters somewhat confusing, the city allowed a free outdoor concert to celebrate gay rights to take place this week in downtown Houston, according to the Chronicle.

Discovery Green's tenth annual Pride event Rainbow on the Green, featuring a performance by "American Idol" finalist Ada Vox, along with Tye Blue, drag queen Blackberri and a Rainbow retrospective moderated by Houston Chronicle music critic Joey Guerra. 7 p.m. June 9 at Discovery Green.

So it's okay to have an outdoor concert during a pandemic if you're celebrating gay rights but not if you're celebrating your nation's independence?

Sounds a little... hypocritical.