A holiday to honor the pioneers of this state


March 2 marks the 181st anniversary of Texas independence. On this date in 1836, 59 delegates crowded into the tiny river town of Washington and passed, without debate, a declaration written primarily by George Childress that proclaimed Texas a republic independent from Mexico.
Texas Independence Day, March 2, is an official state holiday and is celebrated by all Texans to honor the memory of the pioneers of the state’s independence.
Today, parades and barbecue are the order of the day, with full reenactments all over the state. The biggest parade, in Austin, is on Saturday March 4 at 9:30 a.m. at the Congress Avenue Bridge. There is also a Capital Celebration in the Capital Rotunda, a 5K run and an Alamo Ceremony on the South Capital grounds
And, if you go to Austin for the weekend, hang out on Sunday at Zilker Park for the annual Zilker Kite Festival. Fun, food, live music and lots and lots of kites will fill the day.