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TPWD News Release — April 4, 2012

San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment Set April 21

Battle recognized as one of the top ten battles of the world to change history

LA PORTE – Houston, TX — Booming cannons, cracking musket fire, thundering hooves and battle cries will resound across the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site on Saturday, April 21, as hundreds of history re-enactors recreate the events leading up to Texas winning its independence from Mexico at the Battle of San Jacinto.

This dramatic battle re-enactment is the centerpiece of the admission-free San Jacinto Day Festival, that takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the grounds surrounding the San Jacinto Monument. Sponsored by the San Jacinto Museum of History, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and the San Jacinto Volunteers, the festival is a full day of music, entertainment, food, games and fun set amidst living history.

The battle re-enactment, which is the most popular event of the day, begins at 3 p.m. Presented by hundreds of members of the San Jacinto Volunteers and other living history organizations from across the state, the re-enactment dramatizes the decisive battle where Gen. Sam Houston led his Texian soldiers to victory over the Mexican Army, eventually leading to almost 1 million square miles of Mexican territory becoming a part of the United States. The re-enactors will dramatically interpret the Runaway Scrape (Texians fleeing from the advancing forces of Mexican Gen. Santa Anna), the cannon duel and the final battle between the two forces. General Houston will be played by his descendent, Sam Houston IV.

“It is so important to our mission that we are able to present this living, dynamic reenactment of Texas history for free, and that would not be possible without our chief sponsor H-E-B, as well as The Dow Chemical Company, Vopak, Pasadena Strawberry Festival, and Lyondell Basell,” says Larry Spasic, San Jacinto Museum of History President. “Just as important are our partners who help us coordinate this event, including the volunteers from San Jacinto College, Deer Park ISD and La Porte EMS.”

All festival activities are updated continually on the San Jacinto Museum of History website at Some of the entertainment and educational activities will include:

The Children’s Area—sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company and Deer Park ISD—includes: