Wave your red, white and blue and make plans for an array of fun Fourth of July celebrations.

On July 4, you won’t want to miss the Island’s annual Independence Day Parade featuring a procession of floats, decorated military vehicles and performers.

This year’s parade will kick off at 7:30 p.m. with a procession on Seawall Boulevard starting at 45th Street and ending at 22nd Street.

After the parade, the island will host a 20-minute fireworks show over the Gulf of Mexico at 9:15 p.m. near 37th Street and Seawall Boulevard.

In recognition of the 175th anniversary of the city of Galveston, the Galveston Park Board of Trustees is sponsoring an enhanced beach-front fireworks display with the addition of 550 shells at this year’s celebration.

There are sure to be plenty of “oooooohs” and “ahhhhhhs” from this extravaganza.

There’s still time to participate in the parade.

To register your group or organization, visit www.galvestonpa

rades.com or contact Galveston Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Charles Olsen at 409-789-1265.

Please note that at 4 p.m. July 4, city crews will begin closing streets and detouring traffic in the immediate vicinity of the parade route and fireworks display.

Temporary no-parking zones along Seawall Boulevard will also be in place for both events.

Safety first

The Galveston Fire Department reminds the public that fireworks are not permitted within the city limits.

It’s a Class C misdemeanor.

Violators caught discharging fireworks face a $750 fine, and those caught with fireworks in their possession can be fined $500.

Shows or demonstrations detonated by licensed pyrotechnicians are the only exception to the regulation.

The Galveston Fire Department urges the public to take every precaution to ensure a safe, fun holiday.

For more information about fire safety, contact the Galveston Fire Marshal’s Office by calling 409-797-3870.

Elizabeth Rogers is public information officer for the city of Galveston.

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