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News Release
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Liberty Bell Replica to Join the 4th of July Downtown Parade & Celebration


Galveston Island, Texas – The Historic Downtown Strand Seaport Partnership and Galveston County Marine Corps League are pleased to announce the inclusion of the Nation’s only mobile replica of the Liberty Bell in this year’s 4th of July Downtown Parade & Celebration. The Liberty Bell is one of the iconic symbols of the American Revolution.


The Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) commissioned seventy exact replica Liberty Bells to be made to supply the need for bells for the 1976 bicentennial commemoration of the Declaration of Independence. Displayed on a trailer to allow mobility, the featured replica bell coming to Galveston serves in hundreds of Honor Guard ceremonies each year and participates in many events dedicated to helping, supporting, and honoring American heroes.


The bell’s appearance in the Downtown Parade and Celebration is made possible through the generous support of the local Bernardo De Galvez Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.


Bell Facts


Bell Tone: E-Flat

Circumference (Lip): 12‘

Circumference (Crown): 7′ 6”

Height (Lip - Crown): 3‘

Height (over the Crown): 2′ 3”

Thickness (Lip): 3”

Thickness (Crown): 1.25”

Weight (originally): 2,080 lbs

Weight (today): 2,055 lbs

Clapper Weight: 44.5 lbs

Clapper Length: 3′ 2”

Yoke Weight: 200 lbs

Crack Length: 28”


Join the Parade! Decorate your tank, amphibious landing craft, HUMVEE or any other favorite mode of military transportation, and join us in the parade. Civilian craft – convertibles, golf carts, bicycles, etc. welcome too! Participation is FREE but registration is required.


The parade line-up begins at 9 a.m. on Santa Fe Place downtown. The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. and winds its way through historic downtown Galveston, followed by a patriotic celebration at the Galveston Island Railroad Museum. The Celebration will include live music and refreshments.


The parade and celebration would not be possible without the dedicated support of the Galveston County Marine Corps League, Detachment #668, Galveston Lion’s Club, the Sons of the American Revolution - Bernardo de Galvez Chapter, Galveston College, the Galveston Island Railroad Museum, and the Galveston Parks Board.


All organizations, businesses, civic, church and musical groups, individuals and families are invited to participate in the parade. Participation in the parade is free and fun for everyone. Parade registration and information is available on The Partnership’s website:

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