Retrace history at the Texas Independence Day Celebration at Washington on the Brazos

Delegate reenactors | Courtesy of Washington on the Brazos State Historical Foundation

Explore an important moment in Texas history with reenactments, live music, and more at the free, family-friendly Texas Independence Day Celebration at Washington on the Brazos on Saturday, February 29 and Sunday, March 1, 2020.

Families, history buffs, and eager-to-learn enthusiasts are invited to the free Texas Independence Day Celebration; a weekend of live music, reenactments, and all-ages activities that commemorate an historic moment in Texas history.

Located halfway between Brenham and Navasota, Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site is the location where 59 delegates arrived on March 2, 1836 to make a formal declaration of independence from Mexico.

Home of the Star of the Republic Museum, a replica of Independence Hall, and Barrington Plantation, Washington on the Brazos expands for Texas Independence Day Celebration with camp site reenactments, music and performance stages, and a chance to relive key moments in Texas history and life in the 1800s.

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Courtesy of Washington on the Brazos State Historical Foundation

Live Music & Performances

Throughout the weekend, two stages at Texas Independence Day Celebration will be packed with live music, dance ensembles, and cultural performances from the Texas A&M Singing Cadets, Wesoabi Nation Native American Dance Group, Wawel Polish Dancers, Evelyn the Yodelin Cowgirl, Mixteco Ballet Folklorico and more.

At a third tent, visitors can immerse themselves in 1800s-era performances, including Dr. Balthasar’s Medicine Show, Professor Gerard the Texian Magician, and a traditional Punch & Judy puppet show.

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Professor Gerard the Texian Magician | Courtesy of Washington on the Brazos State Historical Foundation

Life in the 1800s

To commemorate Texas Independence Day, several historical reenactors will take the stage as “delegates” of the convention, recounting the days that led to the formal declaration of independence from Mexico. Visitors can stick around after performances to meet the delegates and learn more about a pivotal moment in Texas history.

The Star of the Republic Museum will give Texas Independence Day Celebration guests a taste of life in the 1800s by showcasing knitting, tatting, weaving, and quilting alongside their new exhibit “Threads of History: Clothing in the Republic of Texas”.

Elsewhere on the historic site, visitors can tour through an 1836 Texas Army campsite, see how soldiers and their families lived, and witness musket and cannon firings.

Texas Independence Day Celebration will also feature a Texian Village of arts and crafts, food trucks, a Kids History Zone, and much more.

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A woodcarver | Courtesy of Washington on the Brazos State Historical Foundation

Texas Independence Day Celebration at Washington on the Brazos

Musket firings | Courtesy of Washington on the Brazos State Historical Foundation

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