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March 2nd, 2016
The Alamo plays host this weekend to Texas Independence Day commemoration

COVER: Historical riders in period-appropriate clothing departed Feb. 24 to re-enact courier Albert Martin’s 170-mile trek from the besieged Alamo to Washington-on-the-Brazos in 1836. Texas Independence Day weekend festivities continue this weekend in San Antonio. SUBMITTED PHOTO/TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE



AN ANTONIO – Visitors can “Remember the Alamo” this weekend with interactive living history programming and special events to commemorate the 180th anniversary of the siege and battle of the Alamo.

Friday, March 4

An Evening with Heroes | Starts at 6 p.m.

Have you ever wondered what was happening inside and outside the walls prior to the battle of The Alamo? On March 4, admirers of Texas history are invited to experience a recreation of the events including conversations of the evening before the final attack. Seven scenarios, softly lit by candle and firelight, will take participants back in time to witness history unfold. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with tours departing every 15 minutes. The last tour will depart at 10 pm. Each tour will last approximately 45 minutes. Only 500 tickets will be sold for this event.

More information here.

Saturday, March 5

3rd Annual Crockett Fiddler’s Fest | Starts at 10 a.m.

On March 5, the Alamo will host the third annual Crockett Fiddler’s Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This free event takes place on the grounds of the Alamo complex and features western swing, bluegrass, and old time country music from world renowned artists Jason Roberts (Asleep at the Wheel, Van Morrison), Rick McRae (George Strait) and Ron Knuth (Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Jr.). Tennessee Valley Authority, RJ Smith, Mario Flores and the Celtaire String Band will also perform throughout the day. Local food trucks will be parked along Crockett Street. Attendees are encouraged to bring folding chairs and blankets.

More information here.

Sunday, March 6

Dusk at the Alamo | Starts at 6 p.m.

On the evening of March 6, 1836, Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna ordered soldiers to light three funeral pyres on which rested the Alamo’s defenders. The fires burned through the night and into the next day while the bodies of the men of the Alamo’s garrison were reduced to ashes. On February 25, 1837, nearly a year to the date of the epic battle, Col. Juan N. Seguín and his battalion returned to San Antonio. The Tejano leader instructed his men to gather the ashes of their fallen comrades and ordered a memorial service held in their honor. This Sunday evening, a brief ceremony will take place in front of the Alamo Church commemorating the lighting of the funeral pyres of the Alamo defenders. The event, scheduled for 6 p.m., is open to the public.

More information here.

Daily through March 6

10 a.m. and 2 p.m. | Re-enactors will read a daily overview of events including letters and historic speeches from those who were there in 1836. These readings will take place in front of the Alamo Church. Additionally, Living History demonstrations will take place on the grounds from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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