11 BIG Ways to Celebrate Texas Independence Day

Here’s a list of places, events and things to do to celebrate Texas Independence Day!

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1.  The Alamo, San Antonio

Explore The Alamo and the Battle of the Alamo Commemoration until March 7th, with a Movie Night on the 2nd and Fiddle Festival on Saturday, March 3rd.  FREE and open to the public 7 days a week, from 9am until 5:30pm.

My Mommy Tip

  • Before you go, speak with your children about the relevance of the Alamo, and the respect it deserves.  As a place where many, many people gave their lives, remind them they will need to speak in low voices while inside, and conduct themselves properly.

Click HERE to visit their website.

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2.  Independence Hall, Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Site

The Independence Day Festival on March 3rd and 4th brings Texans from all over to celebrate the birth of Texas!  FREE to the public, re-enactors, live music, book signings, demonstrations and more are just some of the activities offered!  Visit the Star of the Republic museum and Barrington Living History Farm, too.

My Mommy Tip

Pack an ice chest and plan to spend the day, as there is so much to see and do!    The farm is a wonderful, interactive activity for the kids, but make it your last stop, as mine have never left completely clean!

Click HERE to visit their website.

san jacinto monument

3.  San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site and San Jacinto Monument

Visit the location where the war ended!  Spurred by rally cries such as Remember the Alamo! and Remember Goliad!  our broken and beaten Texas troops defeated General Santa Anna and his army!  Tour the monument, taller then even the Washington Monument, and visit the observation deck.  Walk the  trails through the marshes, where you can see alligators, birds and fish, and the Houston Ship Channel.  Picnic in the park, or have a cook out!  Round out the event with a tour of the Battleship Texas, and dinner at nearby Monument Inn.

April 21st is the San Jacinto Festival and Battle Reenactment.  Each year thousands of spectators and participants travel back to April 21st 1836, when at 3pm, same time as the original battle, the field comes alive as the historic battle is waged!  Day long activities include live music, demonstrations, crafts for kids, and more, all FREE to the public.

Click here to read about our most recent visit to the San Jacinto Monument.

texas state cemetery

4.  Texas State Cemetery, Austin

The Texas State Cemetery recognizes Texas Independence Day  with a Memorial Service for the Veterans of the Texas Revolution at 9am.  Period dressed re-enactors stroll the grounds and answer questions.  Sixteen veterans of the war, and Stephen F. Austin are all interned at the cemetery.

Recently, Chris Kyle, noted Texan, ex-navy seal and author of the best seller, American Sniper, was laid to rest in the cemetery, after his murder in Erath County.  Click here for a map to his burial site.

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5.  Also in Austin 

The Texas Independence Day Parade on March 3rd on Congress Ave.

At noon, enjoy the celebration at the State Capitol in the rotunda.

2pm Ceremony in the Joseph and Susanna Dickinson Hannig Museum

March 3rd, at 2:00 PM – Alamo Ceremony on the South Capitol Grounds

Visit the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum to see The Star of Destiny, a memorable movie about the perseverence of the Texas Spirit!

6. Huntsville

March 2nd isn’t just Texas Independence Day, it’s also the birthday of Sam Houston!

On March 2, enjoy a reception from 9:15-10:15am at the Gibbs-Powell Home Walker County Museum, and view many of the historic Texas exhibits.

Join in on the annual walk to Sam Houston’s grave at historic Oakwood Cemetery!  The traditional march begins at 10:15 at Austin Hall, on the Sam Houston State University‘s campus.  Followed by a tour at 3pm at Oakwood Cemetery/Steamboat House Historic Site at the Adickes Addition.

Click here to read about our recent visit to Oakwood Cemetery.

Oakwood Cemetery also has an eerie side, click here to read about it at Weird, Texas.

fort richardson state park

7.  Fort Richardson State Park, Jacksboro

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas and Fort Richardson State Park will host their second annual Texas Independence Day Celebration at the fort.  Historians and re-enactors from numerous time periods in Texas History will demonstrate their skills throughout the day.  Event is FREE with normal park entry fees.

Click here to read about our recent visit to Fort Richardson, and our bike ride along the Lost Creek Trailway.

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8. Gonzales Memorial Museum, Gonzales

Visit the Cradle of Texas Independence, where the first shots of the Texas Revolution were fired.  Learn about the iconic, “Come and Take It” flag!  A walk along downtown Gonzales takes you to the Texas History Museum District, including The Gonzales Memorial Museum, the Old Jail Museum, the Eggleston House, the J B Wells House and the Pioneer Village Living History Center.

granbury court house

9.  Granbury Texas Independence Day, Granbury

March 2nd and 3rd downtown Granbury will light up as entertainers, vendors and more fill the square, including one of my favorites, the Buttermilk Junction String Band at 5pm.

Elizabeth Crockett, wife of Davey Crockett who died at the Alamo, was laid to rest in Acton.  Her burial site is now the Acton State Historical Park, the smallest state park.  On Sunday, March 3rd, they will have a memorial service beginning at 1pm.

Learn about the ghost of Granbury during a Granbury Ghost and Legends Tour!  My kids and I have taken the tour, and loved it!

Other things not to miss in Granbury, The Brazos Drive In and the Granbury City Beach Park!  It’s got the best sand this side of Padre Island!  Read about our recent trip HERE!

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10. Luckenbach

Enjoy live music in this FREE, family friendly celebration of Texas Independence beginning at noon on Saturday, March 2nd.

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11. Goliad

On Saturday, March 24th and 25th, visit the Presidio La Bahia for a re-enactment of the Massacre at Goliad.  Click on the link above for schedule.

 

Keep Having Fun in the Texas Sun! 

Michelle 

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