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Corpus Christi closes beaches to traffic

No vehicles will be allowed on beaches in Corpus Christi, and Padre Island National Seashore and Rockport have closed beaches for the Fourth of July holiday. Courtesy photo

Unless you already have a reservation at Mustang Island State Park, you might as well stay home this Fourth of July weekend. Nueces County closed all of its beaches from Port Aransas to Padre Island National Seashore to vehicular traffic through Tuesday, July 7. The national seashore is closed to the public altogether, also until Tuesday. Pedestrian access will be allowed, but nothing on wheels will is welcome on the beaches.

Rockport also closed its beaches for the holiday, beginning at midnight on Thursday July 2. Rockport beaches reopen for normal hours Tuesday, July 7. Boat ramps operated by the Aransas County Navigation District (other than the beach ramp) will remain open.

Rockport Yacht Club plans to continue with its boat parade at noon, Saturday, July 4. The Wendell Family fireworks also will go off as planned at dark. The fireworks can be seen for miles around the Rockport-Fulton area.

Rockport did cancel its annual art festival scheduled for July 4-5.

In Corpus Christi, the Mayor’s Big Bang Fireworks display was postponed to help protect people from the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. The daily numbers in Nueces County have increased dramatically. On Tuesday, June 30, 274 cases were reported, the highest ever until Wednesday, July 1, when 362 were reported.

Nueces County also issued a mandatory mask order that went into effect June 23 and will remain in place until July 10, unless extended. Masks are required in all commercial spaces and non-federal government buildings.

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