San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site Events

December 2023

December 2

FIELDS OF HONOR: A LUMINOUS TRIBUTE at San Jacinto will take place on Saturday, December 2, 2023, to commemorate the sacrifice of the over 21,500 Texans who have given their lives in armed conflict. Volunteer groups are being sought to participate by placing and picking up 21,500 candles on the San Jacinto Battlefield to visually depict what President Abraham Lincoln called “the last full...

December 9

Every second Saturday of the month, we open the site two hours early just for cyclists. Come and bike the Birthplace of Texas without worrying about cars.

When: Every second Saturday; 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Where: Enter through the gates at the base of the reflection pool. There will be places to park your car outside the gates.

Ages: Cycling Saturdays are open to all...

December 9

People in the 1830s got sick, just like we do today, but they had very different ways of treating illness. Before modern medicine, people had to rely on natural ingredients like cinnamon and willow bark to cure illnesses.

Learn more about historic medicine and try making your own by grinding cinnamon bark in a mortar and pestle at our final Family Day of the year.


December 16

Settlers on the Texas frontier, especially settlers who lived far from the urban centers like San Felipe de Austin and Columbia like the McCormicks, had to rely on their own skill to make fabric for clothing. Women made homespun cotton fabric using spinning wheels and primitive looms.

Mary Rabb, who immigrated to Texas with her husband John in 1823, recalled her early days in Texas,...

January 2024

January 6

The San Jacinto Battleground is home to more than 200 species of birds, and the best time to see them is first thing in the morning. Every first Saturday of the month, we open two hours early so birders and photographers can enjoy early morning at the site. The site is open to vehicles, but we ask that visitors be respectful of those enjoying the wildlife and keep noise to a minimum.