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Galveston Annual Independence Day Parade & Fireworks
by Robert Mihovil
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Galveston July 4 ParadeSeawall Boulevard was lined with Galvestonians and visitors to watch the Annual Independence Day Parade and Fireworks Celebration on Tuesday, July 4th. 

Perfect beach weather helped bring large crowds to the Island and to the Seawall.  According to Kyle Hockersmith, Director of Public Works for the City of Galveston, 187,698 total vehicles entered the Island on July 4th which translates to approximately 469,000 persons using a 2.5 person per car factor.  “Anyway you cast it, we had a great turn out… and all things considered feel it was a great success.”

“4th of July on the island is a tradition for some families that is handed down generation after generation, and attendance grows with every year that passes. Each year our first responders, the Park Board and our own crews, take lessons learned from years past and improve how they manage the influx of people and the event. They did an outstanding job managing this year’s festivities and we’ve received numerous compliments on their professionalism and expertise,” said Jaree Fortin, City of Galveston, Public Information Officer.

The parade, sponsored by the Marine Corps League, began at 7:30pm. on Seawall Blvd at 59th Street and proceeded east to 25th Street.

The categories for the parade were:  decorated golf cart, walking group of individuals, bicycle with one, two or more wheels, float with music, float without music, band walking, band on a vehicle, skating group including inline skates or other feet-driven entries, drill or dance team, political/elected official, horses, decorated pickup truck, fire truck and art car.. 

Very popular entries this year were the illuminated three wheelers.  Lots of youngsters wanted cell phone snapshots with these cool cars. 

The colorful fireworks show sponsored by the Galveston Island Park Board of Trustees, followed the parade at 9:15pm from the 37th rock groin.  

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