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.
It may seem like the 1963 assassination of President Kennedy has been dissected in every manner imaginable. But the assassination's pending 50th anniversary on November 22 continues to reveal new perspectives of the event. Case in point: Wednesday's opening of the Ruth Paine House Museum, the suburban Irving home where Lee Harvey Oswald stayed the night before he shot Kennedy.
It can be a bummer to only get to wear a great Halloween costume for a single night. And to children, collecting a bag full of candy certainly seems like it should happen more than once a year. Luckily, there are lots of opportunities across the state to have some Halloween fun in the next couple of weeks (and, of course, on All Hallowâ€™s Eve itself).
In addition to carnivals and community trick-or-treating events, several cities add a historical spin on this spooky night. In Bonham on Oct. 26, visitors at the Sam Rayburn House Museum can visit the graves of this statesman, his family and local historical figures. The 10th annual Cemetery TourÂ in Victoria, Oct. 25-26, features re-enactors telling entertaining and informative stories showcasing the areaâ€™s rich history. And San Angeloâ€™s historic Fort Concho offers special evening tours of the site with scary tales and real stories of the 1800s Oct. 28-29.
For more ideas for Halloween fun, check out our event listings:
ABILENE: Boo at the Zoo, Oct. 19
AUSTIN: Goblins in the Garden, Oct. 27
BAYTOWN: Heritage Scaritage Festival, Oct. 26
BONHAM: Cemetery Walking Tour, Oct. 26
COLDSPRING: Scare on the Square, Oct. 26
COPPERAS COVE: Halloween Trick-or-Treat, Oct. 26
DALLAS: Creepy Crawl-o-ween at Texas Discovery Gardens, Oct. 26
DALLAS: Thrilling Halloween Adventures Concert, Oct. 27
DEL RIO: Halloween Carnival, Oct. 27
FORNEY: Forneyâ€™s Trail of Treats, Oct. 26
GRAND PRAIRIE: Haunted Hallways, Oct. 27
GRAND PRAIRIE: Monster Mash, Oct. 26
GRAPEVINE: Bewitched by the Barn, Oct. 26
GRAPEVINE: Halloween Treat Train, Oct. 27
GRAPEVINE: Hallo-wine Trail, Oct. 26
HUNTSVILLE: Scare on the Square, Oct. 26
LAKE JACKSON: Halloween Spooktacular at Sea Center Texas, Oct. 27
LUBBOCK: Heritage Halloween, Oct. 25
NACOGDOCHES: Scare on the Square, Oct. 26
PALESTINE: Palestine Fright Night, Oct. 18-19, 25-26, 31
PORT LAVACA: Monster Bash, Oct. 26
ROSENBERG: Trunk-or-Treat, Oct. 27
SAN ANGELO: Night Tours of Fort Concho, Oct. 28-29
SALADO: Tablerockâ€™s Fright Trail, Oct. 26-27
SUGAR LAND: Halloween Town, Oct. 27
SUGAR LAND: Spooktacular! At the Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, Oct. 27
THE COLONY: Family Fright Night, Oct. 19-20
THE WOODLANDS: Trick-or-Treat Trail, Oct. 27
VICTORIA: Cemetery Tour, Oct. 25-26
VICTORIA: Haunted Zoo, Oct. 25-27
WICHITA FALLS: Not-So-Scary Halloween Nature Night, Oct. 18
WICHITA FALLS: Zombie Crawl and 5K, Oct. 26
Halloween night events
BEAUMONT: Spindletop Spookfest
BIG SPRING: Truck or Treat
BONHAM: Halloween on the Square
CHILDRESS: Downtown Trick-or-Treating
EDEN: Scare on the Square
FAIRFIELD: Boo on the Square
GRAND PRAIRIE: Street and Treat at Market Square
GRAPEVINE: All Hallowâ€™s Eve Train
JACKSONVILLE: Street Sweets
JOHNSON CITY: Trick-or-Treat with the Merchants
LA GRANGE: Trick or Treat on the Square
McKINNEY: Scare on the Square
PALESTINE: Palestine Fright Night
PEARLAND: Trick-or-Treat Trail
QUANAH: Merchants Trick-or-Treat
RICHMOND: An All Hallows Evening
SAN ANTONIO: More Delightful Than Frightful
TEMPLE: Main Street Fright Fest
THE WOODLANDS: Spooktacular Monster Mash Party
WIMBERLEY: Trick-or-Treating on the Square
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Freedom Over Texas, Houston's Fourth of July celebration, includes a huge firworks show over downtown. (Photo by Richard Carson)
From big-name concerts to small-town celebrations, there are plenty ofÂ places to celebrate America's birthday Texas-style this Fourth of July. Here are my top three picks for sure-fire fun this weekend:
After the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect in 1863, itÂ took two and a half years for the word that slaves were freeÂ to make it toÂ Texas. The date that a Union general announced the news in Galveston on June 19, 1865â€”now known as Juneteenthâ€”is marked with celebrations across the state during the next two weekends.