Texas Independence Day & Sam Houston’s Birthday Ahead

It’s almost that time of year again – time to celebrate Texas Independence Day and General Sam Houston’s birthday.

The Walker County Historical Commission, Sam Houston Memorial Museum, and Sam Houston Statue and Visitor Center invite everyone to join in the 37th annual celebration on Friday, March 2.

The festivities will begin with a reception from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. at the Walker County Gibbs-Powell House Museum, 1228 11th Street.

A formal ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at Sam Houston’s grave at Oakwood Cemetery, located at Avenue I and 9th Street. During the event, a special Baptized Texan ceremony will be held, which has a $15 fee that will include a t-shirt, miniature statue of Sam Houston, and a certificate. Registration for becoming a Texan is due by February 12.

Following the festivities, a luncheon will be held at 12:30 p.m. at W.S. Gibbs Conference Hall, Katy & E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center, located at 1402 19th Street. The luncheon fee is $20 and must be paid by February 23.

The birthday events will wrap up with a Toast to Texas and birthday cake at 2 p.m. at the Sam Houston Statue and Visitors Center, 7600 Highway 75 South.

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