THIS APRIL, the San Jacinto Battleground will once again hear the booming of cannons, the cracking of musket fire, and the shouts of “Remember the Alamo!”

On Saturday, April 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. the 2024 San Jacinto Day Celebration, presented by the San Jacinto Museum and the Texas Historical Commission, will be a day of fun, reenactments, and living history activities celebrating the 188th anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto. Reenactors dressed in period clothing will make the epic events of April 1836 come alive, and reenactments throughout the day will recreate the dramatic events that led to one of the most decisive and impactful military victories in the history of North America.  

Battle of San Jacinto Reenactment

The Battle of San Jacinto and the surrender of General Santa Anna will come to life during the battle reenactment. The reenactment will be held twice during the day, at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Interested participants can fill out a form to become a reenactor for the event. 

The Road to San Jacinto

The Battle of San Jacinto didn’t happen in a vacuum; it was the final chapter of six months of fighting and debate about the future of Texas. Representatives from the other major Texas Revolution sites will be on hand to share their parts in the story that ended with the Battle of San Jacinto. 

Living History

Step back in time to revolutionary Texas! Hands-on, participatory activities will let you interact with reenactors as they cook food, check weapons, and engage in the daily routines of soldiers and civilians from almost 200 years ago. All activities are family-friendly and include fun activities just for kids. Drop in any time between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

The San Jacinto Education Team is seeking volunteers to assist in running living history stations throughout the event. If you are interested in demonstrating hands-on history programming or have any questions about volunteering, please reach out to Liz Persinger at elizabeth.persinger@thc.texas.gov or 281-479-2421 ext. 246.

San Jacinto Day Lecture Series

Explore the Battle of San Jacinto and the Texas Revolution in depth with four renowned scholars.  Lectures will take place between the two reenactments and admission to them is free.  Each lecture will be approximately 30 minutes long with an opportunity for a question-and-answer session following its conclusion

Lecture Series Schedule

10:00 a.m. - Dr. Frank de la Teja: "Decades of Turmoil: Texas Before 1836" 

12:00 noon - Historian Bill O'Neal: “Sam Houston and the San Jacinto Campaign"

1:30 p.m. - Dr. Andrew J. Torget: "What Really Happened during the Battle of San Jacinto?"

4:00 p.m. - Dr. Carolina Castillo Crimm: “Facing the Future: Texas as a Republic” 

Schedule

  • 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Living History and Activities Area open.  Activities will pause during reenactments.
  • 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: The Road to San Jacinto presentations happening throughout the day.
  • 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.: Battle of San Jacinto Reenactment.

Experiences

Activities

  • Representatives from San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site, Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, and the Alamo to provide activities throughout the day
  • Runaway Scrape area + activities
  • Archeological artifacts from the battleground

Living History Activities

  • Keep an eye out for our curated list of activities, coming soon!

Market and Food Vendors

We are seeking artisans, craftsmen, farmers, bakers, specialty food producers, local businesses, food trucks/booths, and nonprofits!

This outdoor event offers a unique opportunity to showcase your products and connect with new customers in a scenic and historical setting. As a bonus, Nonprofits with a 501(c)(3) status are welcome to participate for free!

With limited space available, be sure to apply today and take advantage of this fantastic opportunity. Approved vendors will receive a 10’x10’ booth space only. Vendors will need to provide their own tent, table, chairs, and power. Food Vendors/Trucks will be charged $75, Market Vendors will be charged $50, and Nonprofits (with a 501(c)(3) status) will receive a free booth space.

To apply or for more information, please use the following links:

Vendor Market and Nonprofit Inquiry Form  

Food Vendors/Food Trucks Inquiry Form

Sponsorship Opportunities

Preserving and celebrating the state's history is crucial. Supporters are invited to join in this endeavor to help ensure that the spirit of San Jacinto Day lives on for years to come.

Thank you for considering a sponsorship or donation.

Sponsorship Opportunities/Donation Support 

For sponsorship information, contact Kali Ellis at kellis@sanjacinto-museum.org or call 281-479-2421 x018.

Parking

Parking is extremely limited. Rideshares and carpooling are encouraged and appreciated. A drop-off location near the San Jacinto Monument will be provided.

 

General Information

For more information about the event, email san-jacinto-battleground@thc.texas.gov or call 281-479-2421.