So, put some barbecue in the smoker, get a Shiner for you and your pet armadillo, sit back and enjoy the holiday. If you’re near Washington-on-the-Brazos, go to the ceremony. You’d better be sure you’ve got plenty of Blue Bell Ice Cream.
What? You don’t get the day off? You know, Texas schools don’t even take the day off any more. (In 2014, of course, it’s a Sunday.)
I thought things were going to change when the Tea Party got to Austin and Washington? What happened?
For Texas Independence Day, it’s appropriate to fly your U.S. flag — or your Texas flag, if you have one.
Text from the image above:
Declaration of Independence
made by the
Delegates of the People of Texas
in General Convention
at the Town of Washington
on the 2nd day of March 1836
When a government has ceased
to protect the lives, liberty and property
of the people, from whom its legitimate
powers are derived, and for the advance-
ment of whose happiness it was inst-
ituted, and so far from being a guaran-
tee for the enjoyment of those inesti-
mable and inalienable rights, becomes
an instrument in the hands of evil
rulers for their oppression.
Resources for Texas Independence Day
- Texas Declaration of Independence, at the Online Texas History Handbook
- Portal to Texas History has teacher notes, lesson plans and class exercises
- Historian and author H. W. Brands will be at the Texas Archives in Austin for a lecture (he’s the author of Lone Star Nation, among many other good books), and cake. 11:30 a.m., March 2, 2011.
Resources at Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub
- In 2009, some rare documents related to the Texas Declaration of Independence turned up.
- “Yellow Rose of Texas” and the Battle of San Jacinto (true story, really)
- Texas Independence Day 2008
- Teachers, get ready for San Jacinto Day, April 21
- Events and information, at Celebrate Texas!
- “I am besieged by a thousand or more . . .” at Texas Scribbler
- “Remember Goliad on Texas Independence Day,” Weekend Beercast
- “Independence Day: Students celebrate Texas history,” Killeen Daily Herald
This is mostly an encore post.