Going all out for celebration of Texas Independence Day
Lt. Colonel William B. Travis, Sam Houston and David Crockett reenactors last year gathered with a small group March 2 at Granbury Square Plaza to recognize Texas Independence Day.
This year’s celebration is expanding to an all weekend event to honor heroes from the 1836 Battle of the Alamo.
The March 2 Texas celebration is planned next Saturday and Sunday, March 2-3 on the square, Langdon Center and Granbury Square Plaza.
The “heritage of history” is one of the most valuable gifts to pass on to our children, according to members of the newly organized Texas Heroes Foundation, event sponsor.
“The upcoming celebration for Texas Independence Day will afford us that very opportunity,” said Cullen Crisp, president of the nonprofit Texas Heroes Foundation.”It’s the chance to show our children and grandchildren what freedom has cost, and what preservation is worth.”
Vendors around the square include a beekeeper, goat milk soap and “historic” type booths not commonly found at festivals on the square.
The parade at 11 Saturday morning will be led with a team of six white horses bearing the six flags that have flown over Texas. Entries include several mounted groups, historic wagons and a stagecoach.
Four chuckwagons will be located behind the Nutt House for a cook-off and demonstrations all day Saturday.
American Indian and cowboy reenactors will have an encampment on the grounds of Langdon Center.
Live music and story tellers will be featured on the square both days.
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Schedule for Texas Independence Day Celebration
Saturday, March 2
9 a.m. – Exhibitor/vendor booths open to the public on the square, Langdon Center and Granbury Square Plaza.
10 a.m. – Buttermilk Junction String Band at stage on square.
11 a.m. – Parade around the square.
Noon – Opening ceremony at stage on square. Parade awards and school awards presentation.
1 p.m. – Brazos Country String Band at stage on square. Yellow Rose story teller.
2 p.m. – Buffalo Bill’s Cowboy Band at stage on square.
3:10 p.m. – Billy Cate at stage on square.
3:45 p.m. – Story teller at stage on square.
4 p.m. – Buffalo Bill’s Cowboy Band at stage on square.
5:10 p.m. – Buttermilk Junction String Band at stage on square.
6:10 p.m. – Billy Cate, cowboy singer, at stage on square.
6:45 p.m. – Multi-media presentation at stage on square, with living history presentation by Crockett, Travis and Houston.
Sunday, March 3
9 a.m. – Cowboy Church at stage on square.
10 a.m. – Exhibitor/vendor booths open to the public on the square, Langdon Center and Granbury Square Plaza.
11 a.m. – Baggy Bottom Boys concert at stage on square.
Noon – Big Man Buck at stage on square.
1 p.m. – Cowboy poet Teresa Burleson at stage on square.
1:30 p.m.- Glen Rose Blue Grass Band at stage on square.
2:45 p.m. – Ridge Roberts, 9, fiddler music at stage on square.
Elizabeth Crockett Service
1 p.m. Sunday, March 3 at Crockett burial site in Acton.
Prayer and scripture reading by Glen Ward.
Recognition of Ken Hendricks /Crockett family members.
Historical reading and historical speech.
Amazing Grace played by fiddler Ridge Roberts.
Pledge to the Texas flag.
Placement of flowers, 13 yellow roses.
For more information, visit Texas Heroes Foundation at www.march2texas.com.