It’s the 179th annual Texas Independence Day!

Background

March 2nd 1836, 59 people sign the Declaration and Texas is no longer a part of Mexico, but its own Republic. The US Congress then admitted Texas as a constituent state of the Union on December 29, 1845, making Texas the 28th state at the time.

Now, there are 52 states but the day remains special to all those involved in the Texan way of life. Today is recognized as an official holiday alongside Sam Houston Day- another southern hero who led the Texans into the battle of San Jacinto, and emerged victorious.

So what do Texans do today?

In many schools across Texas, children will reenact famous battles and sing the traditional music of the state. There will also be festivals; where local beers, music of all sorts and chili cook-offs will be plentiful and in very good spirit.

Not all will be lucky to escape the office today though. Despite being recognized as an official holiday, many employers won’t have to grant their employees a day off work: much to the dismay of many.

However, the night is sure to recuperate any faded spirits with festivities and shows set to go on until late at night, even the grumpiest of Texans will be able to enjoy the day basking in their states glory of old, and new.

Did you know?

  • The 825,000 acre King Ranch is bigger than the state of Rhode Island.
  • The highest point in Texas, is the Guadalupe Peak at 8,749 feet or 2,667 meters  above sea level
  • Texas is the 2nd largest state in the US, after Alaska.
  • Texas also has the 2nd highest population with 26.5 million people. The first is California with 38 million people.
  • In Galveston, it is illegal to have a camel run loose on the beach.

So even if you aren’t from Texas, be sure to raise your glass to our friends down South as they celebrate their independence from Mexico for the 179th time.

As BBQ enthusiasts however, we feel it’s necessary to briefly inform you just in case you are looking to make a Texas bbq sauce, just what you’re looking to get into that sauce. Best used in a low and slow crock pot, vinegar, American chili powder or ancho powder, lots of black pepper, cumin, hot sauce, fresh onion, and only a touch of ketchup provide the best of Texan Barbecue flavors.                                                                                                        


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