HIDALGO – The Borderfest committee has announced the festival will celebrate the United States.

Now in its 41st installment the festival usually celebrates a foreign country but this year Hidalgo Mayor Martin Cepeda said they wanted to pay tribute to the United States because of recent tensions in the political arena.

“With the current political climate we thought it was important to celebrate our own country,” Cepeda said. “The people, places and things that make it so great no matter if you're Republican or Democrat or anything in between.”

Cepeda said there will also be tributes to the nation's heroes which include law enforcement, first responders and military.

Last year organizers for Borderfest faced challenges with hosting the annual event but still city manager Julian Gonzalez said it was the most successful Borderfest ever with more than 70,000 people attending over the span of three days.

“We lowered prices of admission and the food court making it affordable to all families,” he said.

For the 41st annual Borderfest details are still being finalized for performers but already announced are Maluma which will be Thursday March 2 and Matthew West Sunday March 5. West is part of the God Faith Music Festival.

The event will also feature sea lions, a white tiger show and a motocross show.

Tickets for Borderfest will be $10 per person at the gate for adults, $5 for children 4 to 12 years of age and toddlers under 3 years of age are free.

The pre-sale two-day pass is $10 and the pre-sale three-day pass is $15. All active duty military and veterans receive free admission with proper identification.

Tickets can be purchased at Hidalgo City Hall, State Farm Arena, Palenque Grill, Pollo Palenque and Taco Palenque.

For more information about the festival visit hidalgoborderfest.com.