Head to Galveston Island this 4th of July

On an island where parades seem to erupt out of nowhere – from golf cart parades, to umbrella parades to major Mardi Gras parades – Galveston is ready to get back on the parade procession program!

Be a part of it this 4th of July weekend. Let Galveston’s sparkling Gulf waters and mellow beach town vibe be the backdrop for your Independence Day getaway.

pictured: Local house decorated for the 4th of July

Happy 245th Birthday, America! Galveston Island will celebrate its annual Independence Day parade featuring a procession of floats, decorated military vehicles and performers at 7 p.m. on the Seawall at 59th St. and continuing to 25th St.

Remember fireworks? We do! After the parade, the island will host a 20-minute fireworks show over the Gulf of Mexico at 9:15 p.m. near 37th St. and Seawall Boulevard. The fireworks show is sponsored by the Galveston Park Board of Trustees.

Spending time with the family at Stewart Beach? There are plenty of free activities to participate in all weekend long. Be sure to visit between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. for a free sandcastle building lesson Saturday, July 3 during the park’s Sandcastle Days. This 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.

Park visitors can also take part in an interpretive beach tour hosted by Artist Boat’s Bucket Brigade Friday through Sunday. Learn all about the creatures and organisms inhabiting Galveston’s sargassum found onshore.

Travel Tip:
For deep discounts on attractions, check out Galveston Island Pass!

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