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La Porte : 2016 SAN JACINTO DAY FESTIVAL AND BATTLE REENACTMENT


April 23, 2016 - 10:00am to 6:00pm
San Jacinto Battle Reenactment - TPWD
San Jacinto Battle Reenactment

The largest battle reenactment in the state is the centerpiece of the admission-free San Jacinto Day Festival, to be held on Saturday, April 23, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the grounds surrounding the San Jacinto Monument. The reenactment recreates the events leading up to Texas winning its independence from Mexico 180 years ago at the decisive Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836.

The festival is a full day of entertainment, vendors, food, family activities, cultural exhibitors, games and fun set amidst living history: music and dancing on three stages featuring country-western bands, flamenco dancers, Native American presentations, square dancers and much more; 15+ food vendors; make-and-take activities and crafts for children; children’s train; petting zoo; medicine wagon show; birds of prey; weavers, spinners, blacksmiths and other demonstrators; and dozens of unique hand-crafted items for sale.

Thanks to Presenting Sponsor H-E-B and major sponsors City of Deer Park and Dow Chemical Company, the San Jacinto Museum of History Association is able to maintain this as an admission-free event, with free parking and free shuttles to parking lots, for the festival’s 12,000+ visitors. The event is coordinated by the San Jacinto Museum of History Association with the assistance of Texas Parks & Wildlife and the San Jacinto Volunteers reenactors.

San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment
On Saturday, visitors can wander freely among the Mexican and Texian camps of the reenactors to learn what the soldiers and their families were doing prior to the battle in 1836 as the reenactors become figures in history for the weekend. At 3 p.m., the official (and historically accurate!) reenactment of the Battle of San Jacinto begins; with hundreds of history reenactors—complete with cannons, horses and pyrotechnics—it is the largest in southwest United States.

The San Jacinto Monument is open all day year round except for Thanksgiving Day, and December 24th and 25th. Visitors can ride the elevator to the top for a panoramic view of the festivities, explore the special exhibit, watch a Texas history movie and tour the hundreds of museum pieces on display.
There are modest admission fees for the elevator ride, movie and the special exhibit entitled, “A Destined Conflict: The U.S. – Mexican War,” located inside the Monument; For more information, the public may visit www.sanjacinto-museum.org and Facebook or call 281-479-2421.

Calendar Release Summary:
The largest battle reenactment in the southwest is the centerpiece of the admission-free San Jacinto Day Festival, held on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the grounds surrounding the San Jacinto Monument at One Monument Circle, La Porte, TX. The festival is a full day of entertainment, vendors, food, family activities, cultural exhibitors, games and fun set amidst living history, paying tribute to the decisive Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836 where Texas won its independence from Mexico 180 years ago. There are modest admission fees for the elevator ride, movie and special exhibit inside the Monument. For more information, visit www.sanjacinto-museum.org or call 281-479-2421.

Location

  • San Jacinto Monument
  • One Monument Circle
  • La Porte , Texas
  • 77571

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Fees

  • Free


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