Texas Independence Day is a big day in the Lone Star State. Every March 2, we Texans celebrate the day in 1836 when the Texas Declaration of Independence was officially adopted, making the state independent from Mexico after 15 years and officially creating the Republic of Texas. Wondering how to celebrate? As always, Austin has plenty of options.
Honor veterans of the Texas Revolution at the Texas State Cemetery on Thursday. Reenactors in period dress will fire off muskets, and members of Celebrate Texas will pause at the grave of their founder, Jay Johnson, before Texian Legacy Association members will lead a brief tour of other heroes buried in the cemetery.
Celebrate at the Capitol. The official celebration starts at noon Thursday.
Remember the Alamo. On Sunday afternoon, the names of the men who died defending the Alamo will be read aloud on the south steps of the Capitol, followed by a musket volley in their honor.
Run a 5K, then watch a parade. The run on Saturday will take place from the Congress Avenue Bridge through downtown and will be followed by a parade at the Congress Avenue Bridge.
Eat Texas-inspired dishes at one of Austin’s newest restaurants, Eberly, as a tribute to the restaurant’s namesake. Specials will be available all weekend, and $1 from each special item purchased will be donated to the Austin History Center.
Get your face painted, join in a coloring contest or University of Texas trivia and bid on auction items at the University Co-Op. The Co-Op’s event, sponsored by the Texas Exes Austin Chapter, is open to the public with fun for the whole family. (Also, free breakfast tacos.)
Drink beer, take part in Texas trivia and take in some live music at the newly opened YETI Flagship. If you buy a YETI tumbler, they’ll fill it up for free.
Learn more about Texas history through Living History Days at the Bob Bullock Museum. Hear what life was like in historic Texas, and check out the museum full of Texas history.
Eat chicken fried steak, because that’s the most Texan thing in the world. Hyde Park Bar and Grill is taking $3 off all chicken fried steaks ordered all day Thursday.
Compete in a celebrity golf tournament in honor of Jay Johnson, the Texan who started the Celebrate Texas nonprofit, which is responsible for many Texas Independence Day celebrations every year.
Celebrate Texas’ independence from Mexico with tequila, of course. Jack Allen’s Kitchen in Oak Hill is hosting its 7th Annual Republic of Jack Party, selling $6 Republic of Tequila cocktails.
Drink Texas beers and listen to Texas music. Several breweries and bars around Central Texas are hosting events:
- Texas Beer Company in Taylor is hosting a party with live music, barbecue, craft beer and classic cars.
- Spider House Cafe and Ballroom is throwing a free party with “loud tunes and cold brews.”
- Grizzly Hall is selling Lone Stars at a cool $1.81 all night as well as a Bloody Mary bar, a bags tournament and a raffle.
- Rustic Tap is hosting six hours of Texas Country music.
- Cheatham Street Warehouse is celebrating all weekend, with music from Mike Ryan, Max Stalling and Shane Smith & The Saints.
- The Continental Club is hosting Aaron Einhouse and Silo Road on Texas Independence Day.