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Ivette Wilhelm
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Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
Office: (409)797-5124

Galveston Island to Host 2 Nights of Fireworks, Beachfront Parade for July 4th Weekend

GALVESTON, Texas (June 3, 2014) – If you’re looking for a change of scenery to celebrate Independence Day, Galveston Island is just the place to make your holiday a true get-a-way. From fireworks over the beach to a traditional hometown parade, Galveston will offer plenty of excitement for the 4th of July.

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 7:30 p.m. with a procession on Seawall Boulevard starting at 45th Street to 22nd Street.

After the parade, the island will host a 20-minute enhanced fireworks show over the Gulf of Mexico at 9:15 p.m. near 37th Street and Seawall Boulevard.  In recognition of the 175th anniversary of the City of Galveston, the Galveston Park Board of Trustees is sponsoring the fireworks display with the addition of 550 shells at this year’s celebration.

Going into the weekend, Moody Gardens will host its popular Bands on the Sand concert series on Friday, July 4 and Saturday, July 5. Each concert will be followed by a fireworks display over Offats Bayou. Bands on the Sand concerts are held from 6-10 p.m. at Moody Gardens’ Palm Beach. Tickets are $12 per person. For details, visit


“Let Freedom Sing!” at The Grand 1894 Opera House
The Grand 1894 Opera House will kick off its July performances with the sounds of freedom as the crossover vocal trio, The Texas Tenors, brings its “Let Freedom Sing!” show to the big stage July 6. The show will feature rousing songs of our country, as well as songs that blend classical, gospel and Broadway music with a touch of country humor and charm.  For more information, visit

Movie Nite on The Strand
Grab your chairs, blankets and pillows and head to downtown Galveston for a free, family-friendly movie under the stars. Movie Nite on the Strand will take place at 7 p.m. July 5, with a showing of the film Rocky at Saengerfest Park, located at the corner of 23rd and Strand streets.

For more information on Galveston Island visit or call 1-888-GAL-ISLE.

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, checkout Galveston Island Pass!

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