Texas Independence Day to be Celebrated Virtually

Due to ongoing concerns with COVID-19, the annual Texas Independence Day Celebration in-person event has been canceled for 2021. On Tuesday, March 2, the Washington-on-the-Brazos Historical Foundation will present a short trailer for their upcoming Texas Independence Day Digital History Celebration video titled “Independence! A Lone Star Rises.”  

The video will premiere on Wednesday, March 31 starting at 10 a.m. CT, with encore presentations at 1 p.m and 7 p.m. on the Washington-on-the-Brazos Historical Foundation, Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, and Texas Historical Commission Facebook pages as well as the Texas Historical Commission YouTube channel.  

The Texas Independence Day Digital History Celebration video, directed by Gary Foreman of Native Sun Productions, is free to view and features original music by Grammy-nominated composer David Arkenstone. 

On March 2, 1836, the Texas Declaration of Independence was passed unanimously in Independence Hall at Washington-on-the-Brazos, marking the birthplace of the Republic of Texas, as well as one of its early capitals.

Despite current challenges, we look forward to bringing to life the dramatic events that took place on the banks of the Brazos River in March 1836 through this virtual experience.

The Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site complex, which includes Barrington Plantation State Historic Site and the Star of the Republic Museum, remains open for visitors. Capacity is limited, and social distancing and face coverings are required when entering buildings.   

For updates about the virtual program or more information about the site, visit the Texas Historical Commission website.