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   Galveston Island to Host Fireworks, Beachfront Parade for July 4th Week

GALVESTON, Texas (June 13, 2018) –Let Galveston’s sparkling Gulf waters and mellow beach town vibe be the backdrop for your Independence Day getaway. With a full lineup of special events and festivities surrounding the momentous occasion, vacationers need not look further than Galveston Island to celebrate this patriotic tradition.
On the evening of July 4, Galveston Island will celebrate its annual Independence Day parade featuring a procession of floats, decorated military vehicles and performers. The parade will kick off at 7:00 p.m. with a procession on Seawall Boulevard starting at 59th Street and continuing to 25th Street.
After the parade, the island will host a 20-minute fireworks show over the Gulf of Mexico at 9:15 p.m. near 37th Street and Seawall Boulevard. The fireworks show is sponsored by the Galveston Park Board of Trustees.
Going into the weekend, Moody Gardens will host its popular Bands on the Sand concert series on Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7. Each concert will be followed by a fireworks display over Offatts Bayou. Bands on the Sand concerts are held from 6-10 p.m. at Moody Gardens’ Palm Beach. Tickets are $15 per person. For details, visit For exciting indoor entertainment, be sure to check out the Curt Miller Comedy & Magic Show at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. daily July 1-8 at the Moody Gardens Hotel.
Spending time with the family at Stewart Beach? Be sure to visit between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. for a free sandcastle building lesson Saturday, July 6 during the park’s Sandcastle Days. This free, family-friendly event series allows you to take sandcastle building lessons from the pros. Some equipment is provided but bringing a bucket and shovel is recommended. For details, visit
If you find yourself exploring the Downtown Historic Strand District, catch a free, family-friendly movie under the stars at Movie Nite on The Strand. The event will take place at 7:45 p.m. July 7, with a showing of the film “It’s a Wonderful Life” at Saengerfest Park, located at the corner of 23rd and Strand streets.
If you don’t get your fill of fireworks on July 4, extend the fun with Stay and Play Sundays. Enjoy free fireworks shows at 9 p.m. Sundays now through Sept. 2. The fireworks displays will launch over the Gulf of Mexico near Seawall Boulevard and 37th Street.
Travel Tip: If you're looking for a way to save on accommodations in Galveston this summer, consider staying mid-week. Rates in Galveston are significantly lower for those choosing to book their overnight stays Sunday through Thursday. For deep discounts on attractions, check out Galveston Island Pass!
About Galveston Island
Galveston Island is a historic beach town located on the Gulf of Mexico just 50 miles from Houston. The island is best known as a vacation destination, offering 32 miles of beaches, a variety of family attractions, Texas’ premier cruise port and one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country, including several National Historic Landmarks. Galveston Island is home to popular amusements such as, Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, as well as a variety of museums and recreational activities from surfing to birding. For more information on Galveston Island visit www.galveston.comor call 1-888-GAL-ISLE.

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