Gary P. Nunn

Are you proud to be a Texan? Well, even if you aren’t originally from Texas – we would still love for you to come celebrate with us! Here’s a little background: Texas Independence Day is the official celebration of the adoption of Texas’ Declaration of Independence.  On March 1, 1836, the Alamo in San Antonio was under siege by Santa Anna and his army. The Texas Declaration of Independence was produced, literally, overnight – and was signed on March 2 – the Republic of Texas was born. Thus, every March 2, we celebrate Texas Independence Day. Some of us take it pretty seriously, hosting a wide array of events and festivities to enjoy! This year is even more special – it is the 175th anniversary – the “terquasuicentennial” – well, there are apparently eight acceptable ways to say 175th according to Texas Monthly (*smile*).

On March 2, Frontier Texas!, one of only a few museums in the world that features life-sized holographic figures and allows visitors to relive the Old West through new technologies, will host a ceremony to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Republic of Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico. That event will be held from 11 a.m. to noon. Then, from 1-3 p.m. students are invited to come to the Celebrate Texas Fair. There will be games, artillery, homemade ice cream and much more. Margaret Hoogstra from the Texas Forts Trail will make an appearance and the Abilene Zoo will teach about Texas wildlife. It will be a fun and educational experience for all. For more info, click here or call 325-437-2800.

Then, on Saturday, March 5, the 1st Annual Outlaws and Legends Music Fest will be in Abilene! This all-day music fest will celebrate Texas Independence Day and is expected to be the biggest one-day, one-stage music event in the state. The festival will take place at Joe Allen’s Lytle Bend Ranch, 2032 Potosi Rd. from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Artists include: David Allan Coe, Stoney LaRue, Mark Powell & Lariat, Gary P. Nunn, Larry Joe Taylor, Johnny Bush, Tommy Alverson, Bleu Edmondson, Matt Martindale, James Lann, Jerrod Medulla, Jolie Holliday, Cody Gill Band, and Sonny Burgess. Dallas Wayne of Sirius/XM Radio will host the event, along with Los Angeles stand-up comedian, Clinton Pickens. These Texas Outlaws and Legends have amassed a combined 58 Billboard USA Top 100 singles and countless Texas Music chart singles since 1968. Fans will get the rare opportunity to see many of these legendary Texas artists share the stage during the afternoon and evening sessions. Then, from midnight to 1 a.m., fans will get an once-in-a-lifetime “Grand Finale” set with all of the major artists on stage together. Joe Allen’s bar-b-que will be served all day. The first 500-ticketed fans through the gate will receive a free t-shirt. Fans are encouraged to bring their own cooler, chair and tent. The property is RV and camper friendly. Tailgate Party Packages are available for purchase. For details and pricing, call 325-665-6802. A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit Disability Resources, Inc. Tickets are still available and may be purchased online. or at any of the following locations: First Financial Bank locations in Abilene, Abilene Plumbing Supply Co., Kent’s Harley Davidson, Joe Allen’s Bar-B-Que, or at the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau. For more info, click here or call 325-794-1067.

Texas Independence Day is sure to be a great time in Abilene!