Cannons, musket fire, hooves and battle cries will boom across the San Jacinto Battleground in La Porte on April 26 as hundreds of re-enactors will relive the events leading up to Texas winning its independence.
The event marks the Battle of San Jacinto where Gen. Sam Houston led his Texian soldiers to victory against the Mexican Army.
The battle re-enactment, the centerpiece of the San Jacinto Day Festival, is held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site in La Porte, surrounding the San Jacinto Monument.
The festival is a day of music, entertainment, food and games and attracts as many as 30,000 visitors each year.
Hundreds of re-enactors will arrive the day before to set up their camps as the Texians and Mexicans did back in 1836.
On April 26, visitors can wander freely throughout the camps to discover what the soldiers and their families were doing before the battle. The official re-enactment begins at 3 p.m.; it is the largest in southwest United States, according to a news release.
“For the Texans, their victory at San Jacinto led to Texas’ annexation into the United States,” Robert B. Hixon, San Jacinto Museum board chairman, said. “In the end, the United States would gain not only Texas, but also the lands which now make up the states of New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California and Utah, including parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas and Oklahoma. Nearly 1 million square miles of territory changed sovereignty.
“Because of the victory at San Jacinto, the United States became a bicoastal nation obtaining the natural resources needed to add to its powerful political and military presence in the world. Few battles in world history have been more decisive or had a greater influence on subsequent history.”
The San Jacinto Monument will be open all day, as it is most of the year.
Visitors can ride the elevator to the top for a panoramic view of the festivities, explore the special exhibit, watch a Texas history movie and tour the hundreds of museum pieces on display.
The elevator ride, movie and special exhibit have admission fees.
For more information, visit www.sanjacinto-museum.org and the museum’s Facebook page.