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Galveston to Host "Christmas in July" Santa Sightings, Beachfront July 4 Parade & Fireworks Next Month

GALVESTON, Texas (June 3, 2014) Summertime in Galveston is in full swing, and this July the island will host a series of entertaining events, including a new “Christmas in July” celebration complete with Santa sightings and a beachfront Independence Day parade and fireworks show.

These events are just the beginning of next month’s exciting calendar as the island sizzles with summertime fun.

Independence Day Parade and Fireworks
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 and ending at 22nd 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.  In recognition of the 175th anniversary of the City of Galveston, the Galveston Park Board of Trustees is sponsoring this enhanced beachfront fireworks display with the addition of 550 shells at this year’s celebration. For details visit

“Christmas in July” Santa Sightings
Because so much will be happening in Galveston for the holiday season, Santa is spending his summer on the island to make sure it all gets done! This summer, visitors will have a chance to see Santa at a variety of events, from a “snowman” sandcastle competition at Moody Gardens July 19 to free concerts downtown July 12 and July 16. Visitors are encouraged to get in the holiday spirit early by entering Galveston’s “Christmas in July” photo contest. Visitors to Galveston this summer can take a photo of any holiday-themed item in Galveston and submit it for a chance to win a variety of prizes, including a cruise for four on Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas. For details on summer Santa sightings and the photo contest, visit

Curt Miller Magic & Comedy Show at Moody Gardens Hotel
If you’re in town this July, be sure to also check out The Curt Miller Magic & Comedy Show at the Moody Gardens Hotel. Magic, comedy and Las Vegas-style illusions will entertain you at this exciting show offered at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. July 26 through Aug. 1. Admission is $22 for adults and $16 for kids ages 3-12. Visit for details.

“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 or concert this July.  Movie Nite on the Strand will take place at 8 p.m. July 5, with a showing of the film Rocky at Saengerfest Park, located at the corner of 23rd and Strand streets. On the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, visitors can catch free, live concerts from 6-9 p.m. in Saengerfest Park at Music Nite on the Strand. July 12 the park will feature Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears and Journey Agents. On July 26, it will feature Zach Tate Band.

Bands on the Sand at Moody Gardens
Moody Gardens may be known for its fascinating pyramids, but summertime at the popular adventure resort means Palm Beach – a kids’ water park and sand beach – is open. 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

Live Music at East Beach
Grab your beach gear and head to the island’s party beach for a free, live concert series from 3-6 p.m. every Sunday throughout the summer. Next month’s lineup includes C.S.M.D.P. July 6; Journey Agents July 13; Ryan Scroggins and the TrenchTown Texans July 20; and Kevin Anthony July 27.  For more information about East Beach and the island’s other public beach parks, visit

Texas Race Week Regatta
Galveston’s waters will be decorated with beautiful sail boats July 25-27 as the Galveston Bay Cruising Association’s annual Texas Race Week Regatta makes its way to the island.  Offshore races take place each day from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. beginning near Channel Marker 11 and Boddeker Road.  For the best views, visit East beach, Stewart Beach or the east end of the Seawall beaches. For details visit

For a full list of events happening in Galveston this July, visit

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

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