Yes, today is the day that Texas declared its independence from Mexico at Washington-on-the- Brazos. There will be many celebrations today and this weekend, re-enactments of historic events, and everything else that goes with a Texas-sized party.
Deborah has written an wonderful article here at The Daily Flag that gives a unique perspective on the importance of this day.
The patriots at the Alamo died without knowing that Independence had been declared on March 2nd. But the Battle of the Alamo certainly propelled the revolution, and the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21 confirmed it. I wonder how Santa Anna felt hearing Remember the Alamo!
Here a links to a few of the newspapers referencing Texas Independence Day. Enjoy!
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 advancement of whose happiness it was instituted, and so far from being a guarantee for the enjoyment of those inestimable and inalienable rights, becomes an instrument in the hands of evil rulers for their oppression
Texas Independence Day, which we celebrate today, provides an opportunity to reflect on the story that led to, and resulted from, the Texas struggle for independence.
It’s customary on Texas Independence Day to raise a glass of spring water to toast the Lone Star State, as Sam Houston and other delegates in the tiny town of Washington are said to have done 171 years ago.
On March 2, 1836, in a small, windowless wood building, delegates declared, “the people of Texas do now constitute a free, sovereign and independent republic.” But knowing his famed repute for drinking, some might strain to imagine Houston swilling anything nonalcoholic on that cold day, his 43rd birthday.
Today is the 171st anniversary of the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence at Washington-on-the-Brazos on March 2, 1836.
Modeled on the U.S. Declaration of Independence, the document chronicles a lengthy list of Texans’ grievances with the government of Mexico. It states: “The people of Texas do now constitute a free, sovereign and independent republic”
Sharing a piece of Texas-sized cake with the great-grandson of Sam Houston makes for a special birthday celebration at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site.
The descendant of the first president of the Republic of Texas will be on hand for the 171st anniversary of the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence.
Because today is Texas Independence Day, the day our forefathers in 1836 decided we’d be better off as our own nation than as part of Mexico.
Those sage fellows adopted the Texas Declaration of Independence at Washington-on-the-Brazos and Texas took its first step toward defining itself.
Still don’t understand the importance?
How about this: Texas to this day is the only republic, not state, in the United States of America.