Galveston is certainly a hotspot this holiday. Folks are flocking to the island for Fourth of July fun in the sun. On the beach all are having a blast from the birds being fed by beachgoers to baseball players.
"We just came out here to relax. We just got back from Colorado, a big tournament. (You play on a softball league?) Yes. We got 9th out of 284 teams,” explains Kenna.
There isn't a shortage of things to do in Galveston for the Fourth of July.
"I'm swimming. I'm playing around and I'm squirting with this. (You wouldn't squirt me with that would you? SCREAM!) Yes I will,” young Ernesto Luna Bustamante laughs as he points a massive water blaster at me.
While there's plenty of fun to be had, Galveston Beach Patrol officials hope you'll also indulge in safety. "We have had rough water. We've been flying a red flag. We've had some really strong rip currents,” explains Peter Davis with Galveston Beach Patrol.
In fact, beach patrol has had 22 rip-current related rescues this holiday weekend. One young man nearly wasn't saved. "He was found floating face up, not breathing by the life guard. Timing was awesome. Looked like he was fairly recovered by the time he went to the hospital,” Davis adds.
While some come for the water, others are showing up to see the sun. "Just coming out and getting a good tan,” smiles Griffin Gundy.
"Just having a good time relaxing, not being at work,” laughs Alyssa Thomason. Many are making their way to Moody Gardens also. The attractions there, including Palm Beach, are open this Fourth of July. There’s also a special 3D showing of Guardians of the Galaxy at 8:30 p.m.
Galveston fireworks will fire off from 37th Street and Seawall Boulevard around 9:15 p.m.