HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The admission-free San Jacinto Day Festival is full of entertainment, pageantry, food, and fun set amidst living history on Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the San Jacinto Monument and San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site.
The centerpiece of the festival is the battle reenactment which begins at 3 p.m. Booming cannons, musket fire and battle cries will resound across the San Jacinto Battleground as hundreds of historical reenactors recreate the decisive Battle of San Jacinto where Texas won its independence from Mexico on April 21, 1836. Visitors can wander among the Mexican and Texian camps before and after the reenactment to experience how the soldiers and families lived that historical day.
Activities at the festival, sponsored by the San Jacinto Museum of History Association, include:
- Free admission, parking and shuttles
- Nonstop entertainment on two stages
- Flying Flea Circus, Medicine Show and Chuck Wagon
- Birds of Prey and Texas Reptiles demonstrations
- Children’s train, petting zoo, camel and broncing bull rides
- Make-and-take activities, square dancers and archery lessons
- Exhibits by Texas history associations
- Historical re-enactors
- “A Destined Conflict: The U.S.-Mexican War” exhibition, collection of 2,000+ artifacts, screenings of Texas Forever! in the Jesse H. Jones Theater, and elevator rides to top of San Jacinto Monument (nominal fees)
Festival is presented by H-E-B and sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company, Pasadena Strawberry Festival, City of Deer Park, LyondellBasell, San Jacinto Museum of History, Texas Parks & Wildlife, San Jacinto Volunteers, and San Jacinto College.
For more information about the San Jacinto Museum of History or the San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment, please call 281-479-2421 or visit www.sanjacinto-museum.org.
NOTE TO MEDIA: Media (only) can visit the Monument grounds on Friday, April 22 as organizers set up the festival, with spokespersons available to speak on the battle, reenactors, the museum and festival. Reenactors can show their authentic period attire and camps; pyrotechnic operators will prep the field and artillery. Campfires and a fiddler will begin at 7 p.m.; special arrangements for period tents can be provided to journalists who wish to embed with the soldiers Friday night at the campsite. All media are welcome on April 23; special media zone available on the battlefield; up-close parking passes available through firstname.lastname@example.org.