On March 2, 1836, 59 delegates gathered at Washington-on-the-Brazos to sign the Texas Declaration of Independence, setting in motion a series of battles that would lead to Texas’ independence from Mexico. Cities and towns throughout Texas will celebrate the occasion on March 2 (see “Events” at texashighways.com for a lengthy list), but two caught our eyes for their unusual nature.
In Bastrop, The Texas Boot Company—a retail shop that offers boots, hats, belts, and other Westernwear— tips its hat to the trailblazers of 1836 with margaritas, Lone Star beer, food, and music. Plus, they’ll give away two tickets to the upcoming Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo (March 1-16) and $50 off any pair of Texas-made boots. Go to www.thetexasbootcompany.com.
And in New Braunfels’ historic Gruene Historic District, the celebration includes free live music all day at Gruene Hall, plus a slate of specials tied to the 178th anniversary, including 178-cent domestic longnecks from noon-1 p.m. at Gruene Hall, the Gristmill, Mozie’s, Cantina del Rio, and the Grapevine; $17.80 Texas T-bone steaks at the Gristmill and Mozie’s; and $17.80 fajitas for two at Cantina del Rio. Go to www.gruenetexas.com.