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Texas Independence DayTexas Independence Day marks the date that Texas became an independent Republic. Watch for festivities to kick off this year on Friday, March 2, 2018 with parades, festivals, special events, and family festivities celebrating a proud day in Texas history.

All about Texas Independence Day

The history of the Lone Star State is a reflection of the people who shaped it. Long before the Convention of 1836 proclaimed Texas independent, native American nations called the land their home.

They were followed by French and Spanish settlers and then by people of many nations moving westward from the eastern reaches of the American continent and the newly formed United States of America.

The early days of independence were not easy. Spain, through Mexico, was not happy to lose the wealth and power that Texas represented. The fighting was long and bitter.

The Alamo was just one of the battles that were fought to keep freedom in the land and maintain home rule. This one battle came to symbolize the struggle. The cry of, "Remember the Alamo" helped the Texans fighting against Santa Anna and the Mexican army. William Travis wrote from the Alamo, "...our flag still waves proudly from the walls. I shall never surrender nor retreat."

The Alamo, San Antionio
"Remember the Alamo"

On March 2, 1836, Texas declared its independence from Mexico and became the Republic of Texas. Under the flag with one "lone star" Texans declared their independence, formed a democratic Republic and fought with pride to preserve their freedom.

Texas Independence Day, March 2, is an official state holiday and is celebrated by all Texans to honor the memory of the pioneers of the state's independence.

Today, parades and barbecue are the order of the day, with a full reenactment of the Convention of 1836 that resulted in Texas Independence. The biggest parade, in Austin, usually occurs on a weekend closest to the 2nd, at the Congress Avenue Bridge.

In Houston, Texas Independence Day celebrations have also become a part of the festivities at the annual Houston Rodeo.

More about Texas Independence Day around the Web:

Special Report - Texas Independence Day - This summary of the history and a copy of the Texas Declaration of Independence that was signed on March 2, 1836 are just a part of the offerings of this site. They also have a listing of Notable Native Texans.

Where Texas Became Texas - Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park commemorates the spot where the delegates to the Convention of 1836 met to sign the Texas Declaration of Independence which created the Republic of Texas. An audience participation play lets you become one of the delegates to the Convention and relive the events.

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site - Revered as the site of the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence on March 2, 1836 and today the venue for the annual Texas Independence Day Festival with related attractions, map, directions and video.

Documents of Early Texas - This site has copies of the original of Travis' Appeal from the Alamo, February 24, 1836; The Texas Declaration of Independence, March 2, 1836; The Treaty of Velasco, (including Spanish transcription) May 14, 1836; The Resolution Annexing Texas to the United States, March 1, 1845 and the Texas Ordinance of Secession, February 2, 1861.

also see -> Christmas in Texas | Texas Beaches | Texas Wineries

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