ORLANDO, FL. — The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra are putting the finishing touches on this year’s annual Liberty Weekend concert at Orlando International Airport (MCO). The event, hosted in conjunction with the Hyatt Regency Hotel Orlando International Airport, commemorates Independence Day with a distinctive musical experience for travelers, visitors and the local community.
The theme for this year’s celebration will be “The Sky Is the Limit,” which is especially appropriate as the Authority will once again recognize the exceptional accomplishments of a local aviation pioneer. The fourth annual Colonel Joe Kittinger Award will be presented to a distinguished Central Florida veteran in honor of their service, achievements in the field of aviation and contributions to the community. Past recipients include Col. Joe Kittinger, for whom the award is now named, Lt. Col. R. Patrick Phillips and Lt. Col. Gene O’Baker.
On Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 7:45 p.m. in the unique setting of the Hyatt Hotel Atrium at Orlando International Airport, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will present a soaring musical salute to Independence Day. The playlist will feature patriotic classics along with contemporary favorites. The concert is free to the public and those attending will receive three hours of complimentary garage parking.
Liberty Weekend serves as a fitting preamble to the Fourth of July holiday since Orlando International Airport serves as an important gateway to the most visited destination in the United States. Central Florida welcomed a record 66 million visitors in 2015 and Orlando International is on pace to surpass 40 million annual passengers in 2016, setting a new all-time record. MCO is the second busiest airport in Florida and 14th busiest in the U.S. The airport has 18,000 employees and generates $31 billion in direct and indirect revenue for the regional economy.