Texas Independence DayFolks are proud in Texas, which makes it no surprise that we celebrate Texas Independence Day on March 2 each year. March 2, 1836, is when Texas declared its independence from Mexico and adopted the Texas Declaration of Independence.

Here are a few Texas Independence Day activities, events, and food deals this weekend and beyond in the Houston area:

February 27, 28, March 1

* Texas Birthday Bash celebrates Texas’ birthday in Navasota, February 27-28. The free two-day event  features free concert performances Friday night (5:30 pm – 11 pm) and a family festival Saturday beginning at noon. Don’t miss the petting zoo, pony rides, Western Shoot Out, Wild West Playland, and free screenings of The Alamo (1 pm, 4 pm) at Miller’s Theatre. Six artists perform Saturday till midnight including Josh Ward, Kyle Park, Aaron Watson, Kevin Fowler, and more. Free parking and free shuttles are available from Navasota High School parking lot at Hwy 6 and 90.

*washington on the brazos Washington-On-The Brazos, the original historic site, celebrates with a free two-day festival February 28-March 1 featuring music, historic demonstrations of skills and crafts of the period, historical encampments, book signings, re-enactments, and tours of Independence Hall. Its dubbed the Birthplace of Texas. Check out the complete schedule online of ongoing activities between 10 am – 5 pm. Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick will speak at 1 pm, Sunday, March 1. All fees are waived during the weekend with free admission and parking. Washington-on-the-Brazos is located between Navasota and Brenham off Hwy 105 on FM1155.

* george ranch historical parkGeorge Ranch Historical Park honors Texas heritage with its annual Tales of Texas celebration February 28. “Texas Legends, Rogues, and Renegades” Saturday features Texas men and women who played by their own rules and changed the state. Make a reservation for the historical lunch (extra fee). The Historical Park is a living history museum that tracks more than four generations of one family over 100 years of Texas history. It’s located in Richmond. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 5-15. Free for four and under.

* The Heritage Society celebrates Texas Independence Day at its free Heritage Family Day Sunday, 1 pm – 4 pm. The afternoon features interactive entertainment and time to create Texas crafts. Folks also can view “Financing the Republic of Texas” exhibit and see counterfeit money. Refreshments will be served.

March 2

* Sam Houston Park celebrates Texas Independence Day March 2, 10 am, in downtown Houston. Activities will be held at The Old Place log cabin, 1000 Bagby, featuring The Texas Army Official 1836 Ceremonial and Reenactment Group.

* The Sam Houston Memorial Museum celebrates Sam Houston’s birthday and Texas Independence Day each March 2. Activities in Huntsville this year, (9 am – 3 pm), include coffee reception, ceremony at Sam Houston’s grave, and a Toast to Texas plus birthday cake at 2 pm at the Sam Houston Statue and Visitor’s Center. The Sam Houston Memorial Museum is located in Huntsville at 1402 19th Street.

* Vertskebap is celebrating Texas Independence Day March 2 with free small French fry or falafel with purchase of any regular size “Texan” style entree + half-price Texas beer all day.

* Rudy’s “Country Store” and Bar-B-Q is celebrating Texas Independence Day with free Lone Star beer March 2. Plus Houston-area locations will sell $1 bottles of Lone Star beer to guests of legal drinking age, 21 and older, for the whole month of March.

March 3

* The Woodlands Children’s Museum is celebrating Texas’ Independence Tuesday, March 3, beginning at 10 am. The Tall Texan cowboy will entertain with rope tricks while balancing on stilts, and kids can have a photo with him. Then at noon, families can celebrate Dr. Seuss’ 111th birthday with a special Storybook Theater presentation. Museum admission is $5. Located at 4775 W. Panther Creek in The Woodlands.