Marvel at fireworks, drone light shows & more over the long 4th of July weekend on Galveston Island

Fireworks over Moody Gardens in Galveston | Photo courtesy of Visit Galveston

Soak the sun along with 4th of July traditions like fireworks and a parade, along with a brand new drone show in the sky, on Galveston Island from Friday, July 1 to Independence Day, Monday, July 4, 2022.

Although the end-of-week weather has been gray, the rain is projected to move through the area early Saturday, making for a great summer weekend on the island for the long Independence Day 2022 weekend.

In addition to the island’s popular beaches, museums, shopping, and outdoor attractions, the island will be bursting with patriotic energy at special 4th of July events.

Galveston’s 4th of July Weekend Event Highlights

Although the weekend is chock full of events across the island, there are four patriotic standouts that are not to be missed during your Independence Day festivities.

  • Fireworks & Music at Moody Gardens | Saturday, July 2 – Enjoy a live DJ set on Palm Beach at Galveston’s Moody Gardens, followed by a fireworks show. $20 for entry to Palm Beach starting at 5pm; DJ music at 7pm. Fireworks viewing is free from around Moody Gardens and starts at 9:15pm.
  • July 4th Celebration & Concert at The Grand Galvez | Independence Day, Monday, July 4 | FREE – Bring your lawn chairs to Centennial Green in front of Galveston’s historic hotel for prime parade-viewing, lawn games, music, and more. 6pm to 9pm.
  • Fourth of July Parade in Galveston | Independence Day, Monday, July 4 | FREE – Galveston Island hosts its annual Independence Day with a parade featuring a procession of floats, decorated military vehicles, and performers. The parade will kick off at 6pm with a procession on Seawall Boulevard starting at 59th Street and ending at 27th Street. 6pm to 8pm.
  • Fourth of July Drone Show Over Galveston | Independence Day, Monday, July 4 | FREE – Experience a one-of-a-kind show for the Fourth of July as hundreds of drones launch right from the beach at the 37th Street Groin—where 37th Street interacts with the Seawall—in Galveston to produce stellar formations. 9pm and 10:30pm.

Where to Stay on Galveston Island over 4th of July Weekend

There are still opportunities to find the perfect places to stay on Galveston Island—including hotels and resorts, beach houses and vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts, and campgrounds and RV parks. There are plenty of options for couples on a romantic getaway, families on holiday, friend groups, and more.

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