Texas Independence Day March 2, 2011

Posted on February 24, 2011. Filed under: -- Austin Related, -- On MY Calendar, -- Uncategorized, Texas | Tags: , , , , |

Texas Independence Day is always March 2. This holiday is celebrated in many cities and towns throughout Texas and is always full of festivities and fun. The day is celebrated by festivals that include children’s activities, re-enactments, band music, chili cook-offs and parades. Other activities include story-telling sessions about how Texas won its independence from Mexico and became a republic during the 19th century. In Austin, there is a parade in front of the state capital. I went last year and it was great.

Some state government workers may choose to have a day off on Texas Independence Day as it is a partial staffing day. Many schools have classroom lessons and activities about the Texas Declaration of Independence during this time of the year.

According to www.timeanddate.com, Texas Independence Day commemorates the adoption of the Texas Declaration of Independence on March 2, 1836. This event marked Texas’ independence from Mexico. Sixty delegates from all over Texas signed the declaration. Its language in many ways parallels the 1776 Declaration of Independence of the United States, which is observed on Independence Day, also known as “the fourth of July”.

The Republic of Texas was annexed to the US by joint resolution of the US Congress nine years after the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed.  The US Congress then admitted Texas as a constituent state of the Union on December 29, 1845. Texas Independence Day is an official holiday in Texas. Sam Houston Day is also observed on March 2, marking the birthday of the man who led the Texans to victory over Mexican troops at the battle of San Jacinto.

The website also adds that  Texas’ Lone Star flag became the state’s official flag on January 24, 1839. It consists of a rectangle with a width to length ratio of two to three featuring:

  • A blue vertical stripe one-third the entire length of the flag wide, and two equal horizontal stripes, the upper stripe white, the lower red, each two-thirds the entire length of the flag long.
  • A white, regular five-pointed star in the center of the blue stripe, oriented so that one point faces upward, and of such a size that the diameter of a circle passing through the five points of the star is equal to three-fourths the width of the blue stripe.

Texas has various symbols such as the Bluebonnet (state flower), the Northern Mockingbird (state bird), and the horned lizard (state reptile).

State historic sites include the Casa Navarro in San Antonio, Texas. It was the home of Tejano patriot Jose Antonio Navarro, who was influential in the fight for Texas’ independence. Another important site is the San Jacinto Monument in La Porte, Texas, which is built on the actual battleground where Texas won its independence from Mexico.

2 Responses to “Texas Independence Day March 2, 2011”

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Yomorrow is also my Birthday I was born in 1947 in a hospital in Taylor Texas and lived in Bartlett, Texas until 1974 I married move to Ft.Hood and moved back to Bartlett in 2001 after spending several years in Virginia But no one celerbartes my birthday like Texas.
Happy Birthday Texas

Well HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you and to Texas! I agree with you 100%. I love how much pride there is here in Texas. I swear everywhere I go I either see a Texas flag or USA flag and I just love that. Makes me really love this state and our great country.

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