HOUSTON -- Hundreds of history reenactors, along with booming cannons and battle cries, will recreate the events leading up to Texas winning its independence 178 years ago at the decisive Battle of San Jacinto in 1836. The largest battle reenactment in the state, it is the centerpiece of the admission-free San Jacinto Day Festival, coming up from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday on the grounds surrounding the San Jacinto Monument.
The festival is a full day of music, entertainment, food, games and fun, set amidst living history. The most popular event of the day, the battle reenactment, begins at 3 p.m. and is presented by hundreds of members of the San Jacinto Volunteers and other living history organizations from across the state. The reenactment dramatizes the decisive battle where General Sam Houston led his Texian soldiers to victory over the Mexican Army, including the cannon duel and the final battle between the two forces.
“For the Texans, their victory at San Jacinto led to Texas’ annexation into the United States,” says Robert B. Hixon, Chairman of the Board, San Jacinto Museum. “In the end, the United States would gain not only Texas but also the lands which now make up the states of New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California, Utah, including parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas and Oklahoma. Nearly one million square miles of territory changed sovereignty. Because of the victory at San Jacinto, the United States became a bicoastal nation obtaining the natural resources needed to add to its powerful political and military presence in the world. Few battles in world history have been more decisive or had a greater influence on subsequent history.”
For more information, visit www.sanjacinto-museum.org.