Texas Independence Day

Before joining the United States on December 29, 1845, Texas was its own country for nearly a decade. On March 2nd, Texans come together yearly to celebrate Texas Independence Day. Whether you live in Texas or plan on visiting that week, there are many ways to celebrate Texas’ unique history with your family. Read on to learn more about the history of Texas Independence Day and your different options for celebrating this state holiday! 

What is the History of Texas Independence? 

In many ways, the battle for Texas' independence parallels America’s battle for independence during the prior century. During the early 1800s, the area now known as Texas was part of Mexico and sparsely populated with Tejanos, people of Spanish and Native American descent. However, that started to change as more Anglo-Americans migrated to the area during the 1820s.  
Rising tensions between the Americans and the Mexican government eventually led to the Battle of Gonzales in 1835. The battle started because Mexico’s dictator, Santa Anna, attempted to seize a cannon gifted for the city’s defense. The battle in Gonzales kicked off the Texas revolution and also birthed the famous Gonzales flag, where the Texans encouraged rivals to “come and take it.”  
A few months later, on March 2, 1866, Texans met at Washington-on-the-Brazos and issued the Texas Declaration of Independence. Several bloody battles followed — the battle of the Alamo being the most notable. However, Texas would eventually defeat the Mexican army at San Jacinto, thus gaining independence. Nine years later, the Republic of Texas would join the United States as the 28th state.  
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6 Ways to Celebrate Texas Independence Day with Your Family 

While Texas lasted less than a decade as its own country, its short stint of independence has come to symbolize patriotism, freedom, and bravery against a tyrannical government. Those who wish to celebrate Texas’ unique cultural heritage have many options.  Here are some of our top recommendations. 

1. Visit Historical Sites 

There’s no better way to celebrate Texas Independence than by visiting the Alamo fortress in San Antonio, Texas. There, visitors can learn about the history behind the Battle of the Alamo, where brave Texans fought for 12 days to defeat the Mexican army. On March 2nd, Texas Independence Day, Alamo visitors can enjoy music and live history demonstrations for free.  


Families also have the option of exploring Washington-on-the-Brazos, the site of the original signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence. While visiting, you can explore interactive exhibits on the Texas Revolution and learn about life in historical Texas. The site features 293 acres of parkland, several historical buildings, and a museum, which is sure to be fun for the whole family.

2. Attend a Parade

Live near Austin, Texas? Consider attending the Texas Independence Day parade. The parade runs from Cesar Chavez to 11th street on Congress and is the perfect way to celebrate Texas’ independence. 

3. Go to the Rodeo

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, considered one of the best rodeos in the country, runs until March 19, 2023. Families interested in attending can choose from one of their rodeo competitions, starting at 6:45 p.m. on weekdays and 3:45 p.m. on weekends. For those looking to celebrate the Lone Star state’s unique history, nothing is more Texan than attending the rodeo.

4. Host a Barbecue

Texas is known for several iconic dishes, from beef brisket to red chili. Celebrate Texas’ unique culinary heritage by taking out your grill and inviting over a few neighbors. You’ll want to make sure your barbecue includes plenty of meat and delicious side dishes. You can include anything from fried okra, mac and cheese, potato salad, and even pinto beans. Don’t forget to serve Texas’ iconic Blue Bell ice cream for dessert! 

5. Learn About Texas State History

Texas is home to 36 historical sites, all great places to study your history. Families can also visit the Bullock Museum in Austin, Texas, which features several exhibits on Texas State History. You can also read about Texas history online at history.com and other popular websites.  

6. Purchase a Texas Flag!

There is no better way to showcase your state pride than with a new Texas flag. Whether you are looking for Texas stick flags, Texas indoor flags, or outdoor Texas state flags, our site has it all! You can buy flags in various sizes that boast durable fabrics with vibrant, fade-resisting colors. Fly your flag by itself or pair with an outdoor nylon American flag for a stunning, dynamic display. We even offer Texas novelty flags and “come and take it” flags if you want something different. 

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