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TPWD News Release — April 15, 2014

San Jacinto Day Festival, Battle Re-enactment Set for April 26

Battle re-enactment the largest in the state

HOUSTON — Hundreds of history re-enactors — complete with cannons, horses, dogs, women, children and pyrotechnics — will recreate the events leading up to Texas winning its independence 178 years ago at the decisive Battle of San Jacinto in 1836. The largest battle re-enactment in the state is the centerpiece of the admission-free San Jacinto Day Festival held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, April 26 on the grounds surrounding the San Jacinto Monument.

Sponsored by the San Jacinto Museum of History, Texas Parks and 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 begins at 3 p.m., serves as the marquee event of the day and is presented by hundreds of members of the San Jacinto Volunteers and other living history organizations from across the state. The re-enactment dramatizes the cannon duel and decisive battle in which Gen. Sam Houston led his much smaller Texian army to victory over the Mexican army.

“For the Texans, their victory at San Jacinto led to Texas’ annexation into the United States,” says Robert B. Hixon, board chairman of the San Jacinto Museum.  “In the end, the United States would gain not only Texas but also New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, California, Utah and parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming.  Most Texans, and dare I say most Houstonians, don’t realize that the Battle of San Jacinto is recognized as one of the top ten battles of the world to change history.”

All festival activities are updated continually on the San Jacinto Museum of History website at Entertaining and educational activities scheduled include:

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

Festival goers can also enjoy the attractions that are open year-round in the San Jacinto Monument or on the grounds of the 1,200-acre San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, including:

Sponsors for San Jacinto Day Festival include H-E-B, The Dow Chemical Company, Vopak, Pasadena Strawberry Festival, CenterPoint Energy, KHOU, LyondellBasell, San Jacinto Museum of History Association, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, San Jacinto College, Deer Park ISD, Hampton Inn & Suites Deer Park, San Jacinto Volunteers, Clean Harbors, Brand Extract, Office Systems of Texas and La Porte EMS.

The San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site is located just 22 miles east of downtown Houston. Take Highway 225 east to Independence Parkway north and continue for three miles.

Tips to further enjoy the 2014 festival:

DISCOUNTED LODGING: Discounted room rates of $109 per night are available during the festival for the nights of April 25 and/or 26 at Hampton Inn Deer Park or (281) 930-9091.

For more information about the San Jacinto Museum of History or the San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Re-enactment, please call 281.479.2421 or visit  For more information on the Battleship TEXAS, please contact the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department at 281.479.2431.

NOTE: Media should contact Jeanne Albrecht at (210) 392-9047 or for photos, advance interviews, and media parking passes