Festival to be held to celebrate San Jacinto Day

April 21, 2009 4:23:10 AM PDT
Today's San Jacinto Day, the day Texas won its independence from Mexico more than 170 years ago.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Back on April 21st, 1836 the Texan Army defeated General Santa Anna and the Mexican Army in a fierce and short battle.

Actors and historians dressed up in old-time soldiers' gear last year, re-enacting the battle near the San Jacinto Monument.

Visitors can participate in the annual San Jacinto Day Festival and battle re-enactment. More than 25,000 visitors attened last years festival.

Highlights of the event include living history camps, craft demonstrations and vendors reflecting Texas in the 19th century. There are musicians and entertainers, a children's arts and crafts area, and of course, the largest battle reenactment in the state.

Admission to the festival is free. It will be held Saturday, April 25 at 10am to 6pm. For more information about the festival and reenactment, click here.

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