What I like most about Fourth of July is that it’s a holiday for every American. Whether you were born here or just got here doesn’t matter. Your religion or political persuasion doesn’t matter either. We’re all free to have differences, and that’s a very good reason to celebrate.
I also like the way residents of the Upper Texas Coast celebrate the holiday. In this region, small towns still have big parades. We might spend a day at the beach or boating, and cap it off with fireworks by the shore. There’s something special about watching colorful explosions reflected on the water. And many of us will gather in backyards and on decks for barbecues and seafood boils to commemorate adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
We’ve made it a tradition to enlist the help of Alicia Cahill, Coast Monthly’s food stylist, for tips on creating incredibly tasty and tasteful Fourth of July spreads. This month, as always, we were amazed by her clever ideas, which would improve any backyard bash.
In honor of the season, this issue celebrates Americana in so many ways — a feature on a Texas City couple’s 1956 T-Bird, the evolution of tiki drinks, how Texas surfers shaped cycling, patriotic pies and more.
All of us at Coast Monthly wish everyone a fun, safe Independence Day.
The Coast Monthly crew would like to extend our sincerest thanks to Kelly Kelley and crew at RE/MAX Leading Edge for the use of the stunning bayside house at 20710 E. Sunset Bay on the island’s West End.
The five-plus-bedroom home, which is on the market, was the perfect setting for our Fourth of July crab boil photo shoot. The house offers real hard wood floors, open-concept floor plan with a bonus family/media room, a landing with sitting area, plate glass windows offering gorgeous views of the main channel and West Galveston Bay. The ground floor, which was the location of our photo shoot, features a large pool with hot tub, gated access and an outdoor kitchen with stainless grill.
For information about this property, visit kellykelley.com.
We’d also like to salute members of the Galveston Boat Club, 7002 Ave. O on the island, for allowing us use of the grounds for our patriotic cover shoot. Members were gracious enough to allow us use of the site even during a private gathering. Visit www.galvestonboatclub.com for information.
And a special thanks to Dan and Audrey Keim, owners of Big Bang Fireworks for adding sparkle to our photo shoot by actually providing the sparklers. Visit txbigbangfireworks.com for information.