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An explosion of fun awaits you in Galveston this Independence Day.
Nothing says "summer on Galveston Island" better than the 4th of July! 🇺🇸Don't miss a wonderful evening next month featuring a glittering parade followed by a fireworks display.
Parade: The 4th of July parade runs along the Galveston Seawall from 59th Street to 25th Street, starting at 7:00 p.m. The parade features marching bands, customized floats, and military vehicles.
Fireworks: Galveston's July 4th fireworks display is held at 37th Street and Seawall Boulevard. Expect over 20 minutes of awe-inspiring fireworks launched over the Gulf of Mexico.
With over 32 miles of shoreline, Galveston has a beach for everyone. Stewart Beach is great for kids, with lifeguards, restrooms, changing stations, a playground and more. Note that alcohol is not permitted, which makes for a family-friendly atmosphere. Adults can unwind on East Beach, which is the largest beach in Texas and offers food and alcohol vendors.
Celebrate the 4th of July in style with a private boat cruise around Galveston. Local businesses including Galveston Island Boat Rentals and Finney Boat & Watersport Rentals provide a wide range of boat rentals. You can drive the boat yourself or hire an experienced captain to drive the boat for you, to put your mind at ease while you are enjoying being on the water.
Spend the afternoon browsing through boutiques and antique shops, visiting fine art galleries, and dining in Galveston’s historic downtown. Treat yourself to some ice cream and watch saltwater taffy being pulled at La King’s Confectionery, an old-fashioned ice cream shop and candy store.
After your day of fun in the sun, gear up for 4th of July fireworks by listening to some of Galveston's live music. Located in the Historic Strand District, Yaga’s Cafe has a lineup of live entertainment every weekend. Another great option is B. Jigger’s Lounge, which combines live music with beach views.
Kids and kids at heart will love the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, which is home to 16 rides, midway games, and food and retail vendors. Brave speeds of 52 miles per hour on the Iron Shark Roller Coaster or take a more sedate spin on the two-level carousel.