Orlando International Airport Celebrates America’s 243rd Birthday

Press Release

ORLANDO, FL. – Liberty Weekend 2019 reminded travelers and guests at Orlando International Airport about America’s remarkable gift of freedom. For the 19th straight year, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra concert filled the airport’s Atrium area with soaring tunes and provided a distinctive musical experience for hundreds of travelers, visitors and members of the community.

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Christopher Confessore, performed a playlist of patriotic favorites along with special selections to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing.

The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) also presented the seventh annual Colonel Joe Kittinger Award to Robert “Bob” Snow. Snow served as a Navy pilot during the Vietnam War; logged 6,500 hours a civilian pilot, primarily as a skywriter and balloon pilot for Rosie O’Grady’s Flying Circus; and later founded Church Street Station that is credited with revitalizing Downtown Orlando.

The unique Liberty Weekend celebration is free to the public and presented as a collaboration between the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority and the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport. Attendees received American flags, patriotic pins and complimentary parking.