This post is sponsored content presented by the San Jacinto Museum of History.
Have you ever wanted to travel back in time to one of the most important moments in Texas history? Immerse yourself in the decisive and historic Battle of San Jacinto by taking part in the upcoming San Jacinto Day Festival.
On Saturday, April 21, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the grounds surrounding the San Jacinto Monument, Texans can observe a reenactment of the battle that won the Lone Star State its independence from Mexico 182 years earlier. The free event allows visitors of all ages to explore the Mexican and Texian camps to hear stories of what it was like to live in the area all the way back in 1836.
At 3 p.m., see the historically accurate reenactment of the Battle of San Jacinto happen before your eyes. With cannons, horses, pyrotechnics and hundreds of actors from across the state, you won't want to miss the largest reenactment in the southwest United States.
Sponsored by the San Jacinto Museum of History Association, this fun-filled festival has something for everyone. Enjoy great live music from The Voice finalist Jake Worthington, beloved Zydeco performers Fred Rusk & the Zydeco Hi-Steppers, magnificent bird demonstrations from The Birds of Prey Conservancy and a variety of fascinating Native American presentations.
Get a sense of what everyday life was like in the 1800s by viewing incredible demonstrations from blacksmiths, weavers, spinners and more. Visitors can hear Texas history firsthand by listening to stories from representatives of the San Jacinto Descendants, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the Sons of the Republic of Texas, the Texas General Land Office and the Texas Independence Trail Region. You can even take a piece of history home by purchasing unique hand-crafted items from dozens of local vendors.
There's plenty of fun for the youngsters, too. Kids can enjoy entertainment from comedian and world class juggler Bruce Manners, try out a camel ride, hop on the children's train or try their hand at make-and-take activities and crafts. You can explore the full list of festival activities at the San Jacinto Museum of History website.
Located just 20 minutes outside of downtown Houston, this one-of-a-kind event has free admission, parking and shuttles. Visit the website for parking details. If you plan to visit from out of town, visit the cities of Deer Park or La Porte for discounted lodging for the event. Real time updates will also be shared from the event via Facebook.
Be sure to head inside the San Jacinto Monument, where visitors can take an elevator to the top for an incredible panoramic view of the day's festivities. Enjoy the special exhibit A Destined Conflict: The U.S. - Mexican War along with hundreds of curated museum pieces that tell the story of Texas' incredible history. The elevator ride, special exhibit and museum tour require a separate admission fee.
To find out more about the San Jacinto Day Festival, visit the San Jacinto Museum website or call 281-479-2421.