Celebrate Texas Independence Day at the Site Where Texas Began

This post is sponsored content presented by Washington on the Brazos.

More than 200 years ago, a hardscrabble group of Texas leaders gathered to declare their independence from Mexico. Their actions led to the birth of the Republic of Texas, and to the Lone Star State as you know it today.

Each year, Texans celebrate Texas Independence Day on March 2. Instead of looking at the usual celebratory social media posts this year, why not do something special to commemorate the state’s anniversary?

Look no further than the Texas Independence Day Celebration, an annual two-day event presented by H-E-B on the 293-acre Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site that commemorates the monumental historical event.  Set for Saturday and SundayMarch 3-4, the celebration includes non-stop live music, Texas A&M University Singing Cadets; food, arts & crafts, kids history zone,  free museum exhibits, live cannon and musket firings, Aggieland Mariachi Band,  and more. If you’re looking for a fun weekend activity with the kiddos, this is the spot.

Texas A&M Singing Cadets perform
Historical reenactors show kids how families lived back then.
The event includes live cannon and muskets’ firings

The celebration also includes a special performance of “The Birth of the Republic,” a historical play that retells the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

“The Birth of a Republic” tells the story of Texas’ declaration of Independence.

Historical reenactors will also recreate an entire 1838 Texas Army camp to show visitors how soldiers lived at the time.

Soldiers demonstrate what the Texas Army was like way back when.

The Star of the Republic Museum’s new exhibit “So Others Could Follow: Four Centuries of Maps That Define Texas” will be open to the public during TIDC and stay open for a year. Explore historical maps that illustrate the changing dynamics of the region.

University of Texas Library

Best of all? It’s a free event. Admission to the park and its main attractions, including Independence Hall, the Star of the Republic Museum, and the Barrington Living History Museum Farm are waived for the weekend. Parking and on-site shuttles are also free.

The Texas Independence Day Celebration takes place March 3-4 at Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site, which is located halfway between Houston and Austin at 23400 Park Road 12, Washington, TX, 77880. Updates on the TIDC schedule can be found online and on Facebook.

Need more info? Visit here, call 936-878-2214 or email jon.failor@tpwd.texas.gov.

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