Battle Reenactment - San Jacinto Day Festival on 4/21/2012

By: Jennie Holmes

Open to the public, this San Jacinto Day ceremony commemorating the battle's 176th anniversary is going to be located on the northern steps of the San Jacinto Monument at 10 a.m., as the festival opens.
176 years ago, things were not working out for the revolutionaries in Sam Houston's army. After he'd formally renounced Mexico's sovreignty, Houston was trying to firm up Texas's independence. However, many Texas homesteaders were leaving their homes as Mexico attempted to re-occupy Texas. Everything changed on April 21 1836, during Battle of San Jacinto, once the Texans conquered Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna's army. Because of this conquest, Texas was annexed into the United States. The US gained not simply Texas, but also New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, California, Utah and parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming. Almost 1 / 3 of what is now the Usa changed ownership. So, that is why, the battle is recognized as one of the top ten battles worldwide to alter history.
Every year in Houston, Texas there is a celebration of this huge battle . So make plans to attend this event on April 21st to experience what life was like in the early 1800s in Texas.
Watch how 19th century residents earned an income back then - from blacksmiths, weavers and spinners to sutlers (civilians who sold goods to military posts). There is a birds of prey demonstration with hawks, owls , falcons and vultures. Be entertained by traditional early Americana period music, dancing as well as a Medicine Show Wagon showing 19th century medicines and elixirs. You will see craft demonstrations and stalls and all sorts of things to do - including riding to the top of the monument, watching a digital presentation of the battle and viewing the exhibit, "Making a Mark, Leaving a Legacy". There are plenty of things for youngsters too. From doing craft activities going back to the 1800s, seeing animals native to Texas (from the Houston ZooMobile), a chance to pet goats, sheep and other small animals, and a chance to discover games children played then (before gameboys).
At 3:00 p.m. the most important event of the day will occur - the reenactment of the actual battle! Canons, horses, and battle cries will make you feel as if you were there at the San Jacinto battle 176 years ago. The festivities start at 10:00. To find out more about the San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment, please call 281.479.2421

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Jennie is a freelance writer. For more information on Houston, including hotels, schools, demographics, weather, zip codes, homes for sale and more go to Houston Information.

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