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Texas Independence Day Celebration at Washington-on-the-Brazos (photo by Will van Overbeek)

March 2 marks the 182nd anniversary of the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence, and opportunities abound across the Lone Star state to celebrate this historic moment. Take the weekend to show off your Texas pride.

Texas Independence Day Celebration at the Alamo

San Antonio: March 2
As part of San Antonio’s year-long celebration of the tricentennial anniversary of the founding of the Mission San Antonio de Valero, the Alamo will host a free event with mariachi entertainment, a marching band, and dance and pep squad. The Alamo Mission Chapter will acknowledge descendants of Texas Declaration of Independence signers, and Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick will read the Governor’s proclamation and speak about the history of Texas Independence.

Texas Independence Day Celebration

Gruene: March 2
To celebrate the 182nd anniversary of Texas independence, Gruene Historic District is throwing its ninth annual Texas-sized celebration with special offers and special events.

General Sam Houston’s Birthday & Texas Independence

Huntsville: March 2
Enjoy a breakfast reception with Sam Houston’s descendants, a ceremony at Oakwood Cemetery, lunch and birthday celebration, and a ceremony for those who want to be “baptized Texan” at the Sam Houston Statue & Visitor Center.

Toast to Texas Independence

Woodville: March 2
Join Texans and honorary Texans around the world in saluting Texas Independence Day. The celebration includes a toast with pure East Texas spring water.

Texas Birthday Bash

Navasota: March 2-3
Celebrate Texas Independence with two days of country music and Texas-themed family-fun activities. Concerts, family activities, and shuttles are completely free. The state of Texas was born in 1836 when the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed just 7 miles down the road at Washington-on-the-Brazos.

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Washington-on-the-Brazos Texas Independence Day Celebration (photo by Kathlyn Dragna Photography)

Texas Independence Day Celebration

Washington: March 3-4 
An annual two-day living history celebration “where Texas became Texas,” to commemorate when 59 delegates met in 1836 to make a formal declaration of independence from Mexico. The free event features live music, food, traditional crafts, musket and cannon firings, a kids’ history zone, a historical play about the signers of the declaration, and other commemorative programs. Historical re-enactors set up a bona fide 1836 Texas Army camp where visitors can wander freely to learn how the soldiers and their families lived then.

Texas Music Festival

Friendswood: March 3
Enjoy an afternoon of the many music styles of the Lone Star State celebrating Texas Independence Day. Scheduled to perform at the third annual event are headliner Roger Creager, Zane Williams, Bri Bagwell, Two Tons of Steel, and Saints Eleven.

Battle for Texas: The Experience

San Antonio: March 16
During Spring Break, historic adventure attraction Battle for Texas has special plans to extend Texas Independence Day celebrations: a kid-friendly breakfast with Davy Crockett, a theatrical dining experience called Fandango: A Night in Old San Antonio, and Night at the Museum—which gives visitors the opportunity to explore the museum during a lantern-lit tour. Guests can experience what it was like to be at the Battle of the Alamo from the perspectives of both the mission’s defenders and the Mexican army.

From the March 2018 issue

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