Did you know that Galveston Island has fireworks every weekend in the summer? You don’t have to wait till the Fourth of July to enjoy a free fireworks show on the beachfront. The Galveston Island Conventions & Visitors Bureau treats visitors and residents to a short fireworks show every Sunday at 9 p.m. from 37th and Seawall Blvd. The first show is Sunday, June 3 and last show of the season is Sunday, Sept. 2. We’ve asked some Galveston residents for their favorite vantage points and we have some recommendations of our own.
Most locals prefer watching the fireworks directly from the beach on the Seawall. Favorite spots mentioned include 37th and Seawall which is close to where the show originates. Restaurants with outdoor balcony areas, such as Nick’s Kitchen & Beach Bar, 3828 Seawall Blvd., and The Spot, 3204 Seawall, and Brick House Tavern, 3502 Seawall, are a good choice if you want to eat and enjoy the show. Visitors also enjoy watching the fireworks from The Rooftop Bar at The Tremont House (open to adults 21 and over) and Hotel Galvez & Spa guests can watch from the front lawn of the hotel.
Bonus Tip: Since The Rooftop Bar seating was expanded patrons now have a vantage point to enjoy Moody Gardens’ fireworks on Fridays and Saturdays through Saturday, Aug. 11. The show begins at 9:30 p.m. and is part of its weekly Bands on the Sand Celebration at Palm Beach. Admission to Palm Beach is $15/pp and includes live music, a lazy river and other beach fun from 6 to 10 p.m. The fireworks show is visible from Offatts Bayou and other dockside restaurants in that area. Number 13, 7809 Broadway, is an amazing vantage point for the fireworks.
Remember don’t reserve the weekends for your Galveston fun, more and more visitors are booking their summer getaways to begin on Sundays to take advantage of weekday rates and smaller crowds.
Where to Stay:
• For a beach view with history and, of course, Sunday Brunch, stay at Hotel Galvez & Spa. The hotel provides a courtesy shuttle to transport hotel guests downtown.
• For a stay in The Historic Strand District, book your stay at The Tremont House.
• Or if you want to enjoy of view of the harbor, consider Harbor House Hotel & Marina at Pier 21.