GALVESTON, Texas (CW39) If you’re in Galveston, Texas this July 4th weekend and want to see fireworks, there won’t be any. At least in their original form. Instead, a first-ever Galveston drone show will align in custom formations to entertain everyone on the Seawall. It’s still going to be a unique the whole family can enjoy.

Courtesy of Galveston Island

Due to the drought, there is a Burn Ban in effect for neighboring Santa Fe issued by Sana Fe Fire and Rescue issued back on June 13.

What is a Burn Ban?

Burn bans are enacted at the county and local level based on local drought, wind and other conditions, and the threat of wildfire. When enacted, they prohibit or restrict outdoor burning for public safety, including campfires, controlled burns.

Fourth of July Drone Show Over The Gulf
Courtesy of Galveston Island

Fourth of July Drone Show Over The Gulf

We’ve seen drones trend for years now, but in place of fireworks is something all new being presented by the the folks in Galveston Island this year for4th of July. New in 2022, you can watch a first ever for the island, pseudo-fireworks show either at 9:00 p.m. or 10:30 p.m. as hundreds of drones launch right from the beach at the 37th Street Groin (the same location where we have hosted the July 4th celebrations in years past.)

Each show lasts approximately 12 minutes and include 12 custom formations including fireworks bursts, patriotic images, and island features such as birds, sea turtles and fish.

More good news for goers, because there is no concern regarding falling debris as found in traditional fireworks shows, the sections of beach on either side of the 37th Street Groin, will remain open during the show and viewers will be able to occupy those areas and get right up in the action!

Fireworks Safety Rules

Know where you can legally shoot fireworks. All local cities ban shooting fireworks within their boundaries. Additionally, fireworks may not be shot within 600 feet of a church, hospital, day care center or school, within 100 feet of a place where flammable liquids or fireworks are stored and may not be thrown from a motor vehicle.

  • Always read and follow label directions.
  • Have an adult present. Never give fireworks to small children—fireworks are not toys!
  • Shoot fireworks on level, open ground.
  • Do not aim fireworks at buildings or vegetation.
  • Always have water handy (a garden hose or a bucket).
  • Never try to re-light a “dud” firework. (Wait 15-20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.)
  • The shooter should wear eye protection. Never have any part of your body over the firework.
  • Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and then disposing of them in your trash can.
  • Do not put fireworks that are still hot in the trash can and then put them in your garage or against your house. A fire could result.