Celebrating Texas Independence Day where it all began

The Texas Declaration of Independence was signed 185 years ago.
Published: Mar. 2, 2021 at 4:56 AM CST
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WASHINGTON, Texas (KBTX) - 2021 marks the 185th anniversary of the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence, in which Texans made a formal declaration of independence from Mexico.

The historic site, Washington on the Brazos, is located in Washington County, 30 miles from Bryan-College Station. It is known as the place “Where Texas Became Texas,” according to the Washington on The Brazos website.

“There are only two places in this country that can say ‘here a nation was born.’ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Washington, Texas,” said Washington on The Brazos Superintendent, Jon Failor.

According to Failor, Texas Independence Day has been celebrated every year since 1837; however, this year, things are different. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the annual Texas Independence Day celebration in-person event has been canceled for 2021.

Rachel Flinn, Assistant Site Manager for Washington on The Brazos, said it was a tough choice for the staff to make.

“We want to make sure everyone is staying healthy and safe and we have some capacity limits, so we actually decided to bring Texas Independence Day into people’s homes,” said Flinn.

On Tuesday, the Washington on the Brazos Historical Foundation debuting a trailer of its upcoming Texas Independence Day Digital History Celebration video titled “Independence! A Lone Star Rises.”

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“The full-length video will premiere on Wednesday, March 31 starting at 10 a.m. CT, with encore presentations at 1 p.m and 7 p.m. on the Washington on the Brazos Historical Foundation, Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site, and Texas Historical Commission Facebook pages as well as the Texas Historical Commission YouTube channel,” according to Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site Facebook page.

The video will be free to view.

Additionally, a debate will be held between the historic sites in Texas about which is the true birthplace of Texas. The discussion is moderated by Judge Ken Wise, who hosts the “Wise About Texas” history podcast.

If you want to view the historic site in person, it is still open to the public. The grounds feature areas like the Barrington Plantation State Historic Site and the Star of the Republic Museum.

It is important to remember capacity is limited in areas, and social distancing and face coverings are required when entering buildings.

Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site is open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Click here to learn more about admission fees and about the site.

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