This Saturday is a very special day in the Lone Star State because it’s Texas Independence Day! If you’re from around here, you know that this day brings out enormous pride in every Texan. For those of y’all who aren’t familiar with the holiday, let me explain: it’s the anniversary of the day Texas got its independence from Mexico.
Texas’ road to independence began with the launch of the Texas Revolution on October 2, 1835. The revolution came as a result of longstanding cultural and political differences between Texas and Mexico and it lasted for about six months. During this time, numerous battles took place, one of which being the famous Battle of the Alamo, and there were more 3,300 causalities and losses. On March 2, 1836, the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed by 60 delegates to officially separate the state from Mexico and create the Republic of Texas. We commemorate this day to remember what our ancestors had to go through for Texas to break from Mexico’s control.
In Houston, we’re lucky because Texas Independence Day is always during the Rodeo and it’s the perfect way to celebrate. One of Goode Company’s very own took place in the Trail Ride last week, a Texas tradition that kicks helps to kick off the Rodeo season. The ride was established in 1952 to bring awareness to the Rodeo and now it’s a custom that attracts thousands and recreates the feeling of the Old West.
You can’t have a present or future without a past, so this Texas Independence Day, I encourage you to remember where you came from and thank your lucky stars if it’s Texas.