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Freedom Days 2008

Freedom Days 2008

Juneteenth to the Fourth of July


The Galveston Fire Department Color Guard participated in the Galveston Fourth of July Parade. This photo was provided by Rhea Jacob. Send your Freedom Days photos to

Freedom Days events, beginning with Juneteenth and continuing through the Fourth of July are posted on this page.  Scroll down the page the Sights and Sounds of Freedom Days 2008.

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The Galveston Fire Department Color Guard

July 04, 2008 -- The Fourth of July Parade in Downtown Galveston was followed by a Fourth of July Celebration in the Galveston Island Railroad Museum. More
July 04, 2008 -- The City of Galveston Fireworks Display will be at 9:15 p.m. on Friday, July 4 on Seawall Boulevard. More
July 04, 2008 -- Houston Mayor Bill White has issued an invitation to the public for Houston's Star-Spangled Fourth of July Celebration with "America's largest land-based Fireworks Show and a schedule filled with family activities at Eleanor Tinsley Park on Friday night. More
July 04, 2008 -- The City of Pasadena today announced that its annual 4th Fest will host a larger fireworks display and new attractions. More
July 02, 2008 -- The Woodlands has scheduled several events to celebrate the Fourth of July Weekend. More
July 02, 2008 -- The City of Beaumont will hold its Fourth of July festivities at Riverfront Park, with the park opening at 5 p.m. More
July 01, 2008 -- The Galveston Island 4th of July Parade and Celebration will start at 10 a.m. at the Galveston Railroad Museum on 25th Street. More
July 01, 2008 -- The Galveston Convention and Visitors Bureau today announced events for the July 4th weekend. More
June 30, 2008 -- U.S. Congressman Nick Lampson was a guest at an African American History Preservation Brunch hosted by Lucille McGaskey of the African American History Preservation Committee at the preserved 1926 home of Frank Bell, Jr. More
June 26, 2008 -- Samuel Collins, III and his wife Doris have awarded he first Stringfellow Bell Modern Day Abolitionist Award to Tim and Elizabeth Beeton for their philanthorpic contributions to St. Paul United Methodist Church, one of the oldest African American churches on Galveston Island. More
June 25, 2008 -- The City of Friendswood will host its annual Friendswood Fourth of July Celebration starting with a parade at 10 a.m. at FM 518 and Heritage Drive. More
June 24, 2008 -- KTRK co-anchor Melanie Lawson took time to congratulate students and community members who performed at College of the Mainland's Juneteenth celebration. More
June 24, 2008 -- The Galveston Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors on June 19 approved a resolution in support of making Juneteenth a National Holiday. More
June 19, 2008 -- The Annual Emancipation Proclamation Reading and Prayer Breakfast at Ashton Villa attracted a large crowd. More
June 15, 2008 -- Hundreds of people turned out for the Third Annual Juneteenth Celebration at Stringfellow Orchards in Hitchcock. More
June 13, 2008 -- The Third Annual Stringfellow Orchards Juneteenth Family Day in Hitchcock will be on Saturday June 14. More
June 11, 2008 -- The 12th Annual Al Edwards Juneteenth Banquet attracted a large crowd to the Old Central Cultural Center in Galveston. More
June 11, 2008 -- The 7th Annual 4th of July Community Wide Picnic will be held at the VFW Post on Highway 3 in Dickinson on Friday, July 4. More
June 06, 2008 -- A new character from Galveston’s African American history will be seen for the first time in the sixth annual Underground Railroad program on Thursday, June 12 in Kempner Park. Pierce Harper, who settled in Galveston after he was liberated from slavery, will be portrayed by St. Vincent’s House Director Michael Jackson. More
June 06, 2008 -- Prairie View A&M University will host a Juneteenth Celebration on June 18 to commemorate the emancipation of African American slaves in Texas and across the United States. The event will feature Al Edwards who sponsored legislation establishing Juneteenth as a State holiday. More
June 04, 2008 -- As part of Galveston’s annual Juneteenth activities, a brief reception and dedication was held on the grounds of Ashton Villa today at 11:15 a.m., marking the installation of a lighting system for the larger-than-life-sized statue commemorating the enactment of Juneteenth as an official Texas state holiday. More
June 01, 2008 -- KTRK Channel 13 news co-anchor Melanie Lawson will speak at the College of the Mainland Juneteenth celebration on Wednesday, June 18 in the Teaching Auditorium. More
May 20, 2008 -- Galveston Historical Foundation will present “The Making of the Underground Railroad: From Slavery to Freedom” on Thursday, June 12 at Garten Verein and Kempner Park. More
May 14, 2008 -- To review coverage of Freedom Days events in 2007 Click Here
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