Texas Independence Day Celebrations
by David Sung
Texas Independence Day celebrates the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence, which resulted in Texas breaking away from Mexico to become the Republic of Texas. The Texas Declaration of Independence was signed on March 2, 1836. Though the declaration was signed in March, it wasn’t until April 21, 1836 when the final battle of the Texas Revolution was fought known as the Battle of San Jacinto.
Texas Independence Day remains a cause for celebration in the highly patriotic state of Texas. This year will mark the 178th year of Texas independence from Mexico. Texans recognize their independence with festivals, parades, events, and parties all over the state.
How Texans Celebrate Texas Independence day
The Sam Houston Memorial Museum in Huntsville is giving away free bracelets to the first 100 visitors on March 2 as well as offering free admission to all who wish to join them in celebrating Sam Houston’s Birthday and Texas Independence Day.
You can also celebrate at Washington on the Brazos in what is now Washington, Texas, where the Texas delegates met to make a formal declaration of independence from Mexico in 1836. This free event is held on March 1-2. It features live music, food, living history presentations, reenactments, and firing demonstrations.
Being both the state capitol and the music capitol of Texas, Austin has a large selection of events and activities to choose from to celebrate Texas Independence Day the right way. The city’s annual Texas Independence Day parade kicks off at 9:30 a.m. March 2. The parade starts on the north side of the Congress Avenue Bridge and travels along Congress Avenue toward the State Capitol Building. At 2 p.m., after everyone has participated in the early morning and mid-afternoon festivities, the Alamo Defenders Remembrance Ceremony will be held at the “Heroes of the Alamo” monument on the Texas State Capitol grounds. In addition to parades, concerts, and celebrations, a memorial service for the Veterans of the Texas Revolution will be held at 3 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.
One of the larger celebrations is held in Granbury, which holds a weekend long celebration of Texas heritage. Events include concerts, storytelling, tours and re-enactments. A hotly contested cook-off is also part of the event.
Texas Independence Day Deals and Specials
Many retail and food establishments across the country offer deals and discounts on national holidays like Memorial Day and Labor Day. Texas Independence Day is no exception when it comes to holiday bargains in Texas. Many Texas businesses offer discounts and deals to their customers during the statewide holiday.
Most people think of barbecue when they think of Texas grub, so it’s no surprise that you can find cheap barbecue on Texas Independence day. A large number of Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q joints across the state are offering brisket breakfast tacos to its customers on Texas Independence Day. From 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. March 2, Rudy’s will donate all proceeds from sales of egg and brisket tacos to local food banks.
If you happen to be in the great state of Texas on March 2, be sure to attend one of the many events across the state and keep an eye out for deals and specials. Leave a comment below and let us know how you celebrate Texas Independence Day!
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