This Year, Celebrate Texas Independence Day Where it All Began

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

March 2 is a day near and dear to the hearts of Texans — it's the day we celebrate Texas independence. In 1836, 59 delegates gathered to form the Republic of Texas, which led to the greatest country—er, state there is: Texas.

While there's no shortage of celebratory events complete with barbecue, Lone Star and dedicated Davy Crockett impersonators, the best place to spend Texas Independence Day is the site where it all began: the Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site.

The Texas Independence Day Celebration, presented by H-E-B, is a free two-day annual event observing Texas' independence from Mexico. This year's event takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 2 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 3.

The event features two stages of live music and entertainment featuring the Texas A&M University Singing Cadets, Aggieland Mariachi Band, "The Birth of a Republic" historical play about the signers of the declaration, Red Chanuska Dancers, Mixteco Ballet Folklorico, Celtaire String Band, Jagoda Polish Folk Dance Ensemble, Blinn College Brass Quintet, Einzin Baum, Brenham Children's Chorus and Pace & Barber.

Historical re-enactors can be found at the park's 1836 Texas Army camp organized by Texas' official 1836 ceremonial and reenactment group.


The Star of the Republic Museum's exhibit "So Others Could Follow: Four Centuries of Maps that Define Texas" has been expanded, featuring thirteen maps spanning from 1561 to 1884.


The park will include a Texian Village featuring food trucks and arts and crafts for Texans of all ages.



A tent set up on the Barrington Living History Farm will feature 1800s-style performances, including the Dr. Balthasar Medicine Show, Professor Gerard the Texian Magician and a Punch & Judy puppet show.


The Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site 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.