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Huntsville, Texas: 37th Annual Texas Independence Day and General Sam Houston's Birthday Celebration

March 2, 2018 - 9:15am to 3:45pm
Texas' and Sam Houston's Birthday


The Walker County Historical Commission, the Sam Houston Memorial Museum, and the City of Huntsville’s Sam Houston Statue and Visitors Center cordially invite you to Huntsville’s 37th Annual Texas Independence Day and General Sam Houston Birthday Celebration on Friday, March 2, 2018.

This March 2nd, festivities will begin with a Reception from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at the Walker County Museum/Gibbs-Powell House, 1228 11th Street. At 10:00 a.m., the traditional march to Sam Houston’s gravesite at Oakwood Cemetery will commence at Old Main Pit near Austin Hall (located on the campus of Sam Houston State University) and proceed to the grave by means of University Avenue led by the SHSU ROTC, with the support of the Bearkat History Club, the Department of Student Activities, and members of the student body, faculty, staff, and administration.

A special ceremony will take place at 11:00 a.m. to honor General Sam Houston at his gravesite in Oakwood Cemetery (Sam Houston Memorial Drive at 9th Street). Funded by a Humanities Texas Grant, this year’s featured speaker is Charlie Rhodarmer, Director of The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore, Tennessee. Honored guests will include a number of General and Mrs. Sam Houston’s descendants, as well as David Crockett, the third-great-grandson of the legendary David Crockett. The gravesite ceremony will also include the SHSU ROTC Color Guard and Rifle Team, special music, the laying of wreaths, and a “Baptized Texan Ceremony.” In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the HISD Support and Learning Center on the west end of the Mance Park Middle School campus.

Immediately following the ceremony is a Luncheon at 12:30 p.m. at the W.S. Gibbs Conference Hall, Katy & E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center, 1402 19th Street (RSVP by February 23). The celebration continues at the Sam Houston Statue and Visitors Center with a “Toast to Texas” at 2:00 p.m. This particular event will include birthday cake as well as a Cherokee Land Ceremony performed by Mr. Rhodarmer in conjunction with members of the Texas Army.

For more information on reservations and payment, please contact Jamie Matthews via email at or call 936-291-5931. For more details on the March 2nd schedule of events visit:,, or


  • Huntsville, Texas
  • Sam Houston Memorial Drive
  • 9th Street
  • Huntsville, Texas, Texas
  • 77340



  • Free. Luncheon event at 12:30 is $20.