Celebrating Independence Day in Galveston

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Celebrating Independence Day in Galveston calls for beaches, Texas barbecue, beer, parades, and fireworks, don’t you think? 

Here are some activities to add to your July Fourth bucket list for Galveston:

Beach: Well, of course, you and the family need beach time. Remember to bring your favorite beach chairs, and beach towels, and please don’t forget the sunblock, or you’ll feel it the next day. If the beach is part of your plans during your stay, book a vacation rental with quick beach access. The good thing is wherever you stay in Galveston; you’re close to the beach because, well, it’s an island. 

BBQ: If you don’t plan to grill at your vacation rental, here are some recommendations for barbecue. If you’re on the west end, try Texas Pit Stop BBQ, 6612 Seawall. And, if you’re staying in town, check out Queens Bar-B-Que, 3428 Avenue S, or a local favorite, Pennies Tex-Mex Take Out, 1713 37th Street. 

Beer: Now, for beer, we highly recommend you treat yourself to a growler from Galveston Island Brewing, 8423 Stewart. You can also find this locally brewed craft beer at grocery stores and some Galveston restaurants. Another local option is Devil and the Deep Brewery, 2425 Post Office Street.

Parade: The Marine Corps League sponsors Galveston’s Independence Day Parade. The parade begins at 5 p.m. on 59th and Seawall Blvd. and travels east to 27th Street. You’ll see floats, decorated military vehicles, and plenty of red, white, and blue. Please note: The City of Galveston is closing the Seawall before 5 p.m. 

New Drone Show Replaces July Fourth Fireworks: Independence Day culminates with new 12-minute drone show. Imagine hundreds of drones creating custom formations, including firework bursts, patriotic images, and more. Each show is 12 minutes and begins at 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. from 37th and Seawall. Because there is no concern regarding falling debris, the beach on either side of 37th Street will remain open during the show. So bring a blanket or beach chairs and enjoy the show. 

If you time your dinner with the show, it may be easier to park. Gaido’s Seafood Restaurant and Nick’s Kitchen and Beach Bar, 3802 Seawall Blvd, are almost directly across from the show. And, The Spot Island Famous, 3204 Seawall, is also nearby. These locally-owned restaurants offer a good amount of parking.  

Other Weekend Events:

July 2 – FREE Professional Sandcastle Building Lessons at East Beach

It’s July Fourth Weekend so you might as well learn from a pro how to build your sandcastle. Make your way to East Beach, 1923 Boddeker Drive, and participate in “Sandcastle Days” at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. 

July 2  – Movie Nite on The Strand featuring Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse 

Pack chairs and pick up dinner for Movie Nite on The Strand at Saengerfest Park, 23rd and Strand. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” begins at 8 p.m. 

July 2 – Beats on the Beach and Free Fireworks at Moody Gardens

Moody Gardens hosts Beats on the Beach at Palm Beach, One Hope Blvd., from 6 to 10 p.m. A DJ adds to the fun of Palm Beach as guests enjoy the lazy river and other beach activities. Plus, a seven-minute fireworks show begins at 9:15 p.m. There is a paid admission to Palm Beach, or take advantage of their Value Pass.

Ryson Vacation Rentals offers more than 250 properties across the island that provide plenty of reasons to visit Galveston this year. If you need help planning your visit, Gulf Coast Concierge can assist.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Christine Hopkins is a proud BOI, meaning she was “Born on the Island.” She is the co-author of the newly released “100 Things to Do in Galveston Before You Die,” published by Reedy Press. Before the book, she wrote more than 300 blogs on Galveston offering travel tips on what to see and do. Over the years, she’s given hundreds of tours for visiting travel writers showcasing the sites on the island. Currently, she’s a Galveston guide for ToursByLocals.com.