Texas Independence Day Celebration is an annual two-day living history celebration on Saturday, February 25, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, February 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the 293-acre Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site to celebrate where 59 delegates bravely met in 1836 to make a formal declaration of independence from Mexico in 1836. The admission-free event features live music, food, demonstrations and sales of traditional crafts (blacksmithing, candle makers, woodworking, quilting and more), living history presentations, musket and cannon firings, pageantry, kids activities, museum exhibit and other commemorative programs. Historical reenactors set up a bonafide 1836 Texas Army camp where visitors can wander freely among the tents to learn how the soldiers and their families lived in 1836 so guests can experience life in Texas in 1836. To see the full schedule of events, visit www.wheretexasbecametexas.org. Admission fees are waived for the site’s attractions (Independence Hall; Star of the Republic Museum and Barrington Living History Farm) for that weekend celebration. Admission to the grounds, on-site shuttles and parking are also free. Coming from out of town? We encourage visitors to stay the night in nearby Brenham or Navasota to enjoy all the area has to offer. Some local options include Ant Street Inn, Best Western Inn of Brenham, Best Western Inn of Navasota, Hampton Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, Red Velvet Inn Lillian Farms, Airbnb and VRBO. TIDC is coordinated by the Washington on the Brazos Historical Foundation, in partnership with the Texas Historical Commission and The Texas Army reenactors. A huge thank you to your sponsors for the event: City of Navasota, the Arts Council, H-E-B, BIG Companies, Del Sol-Briannas, Rotary Club of Washington County, Brookshires, Blue Bell Creameries, Blinn College, Bluebonnet Electric, John Nau III, City of Brenham.
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