Growing up in Texas and learning about how this state became a nation for a time, I always wondered why people didn't make a bigger deal out of Texas Independence Day. It seems like a great time to celebrate what's great about Texas, doesn't it?
This year is an excellent chance to do just that, since the March 2 anniversary of the adoption of a declaration of independence falls on Saturday. Celebrations in Granbury, Gruene and Washington-on-the-Brazos offer a fun way to mark this historic occasion and show your Texas pride.
This sculpture of William B. Travis is part of the cenotaph in front of the Alamo in San Antonio.
This year also marks the return of William B. Travis' famous victory or death letter to the Alamo, where he and about 180 others made their historic last stand against Mexican Gen. Santa Anna's army. The 177-year-old letter is normally kept in the Texas State Library and Archives in Austin to protect it from fading and damage, but it's making a rare appearance from Feb. 23-March 7 at the place where it was written to coincide with the dates of the siege.
Other independence day celebrations and observances include:
Huntsville: Gen. Sam Houston's Birthday Celebration, March 2
Seguin: Toast to Texas at Sebastopol State Historic Site, 1:30 p.m. March 2
Woodville: Toast to Texas Independence at Heritage Village, 2 p.m. March 2
Luckenbach: Texas Independence Day Celebration, March 2 noon-5 p.m.