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Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site
News Release
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

H-E-B Presents Fireworks on the Brazos

Celebrate our nation’s independence at the very place where we celebrate Texas’ independence in 1836—at Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site. This is “Where Texas Became Texas” on March 2, 1836 when 59 delegates bravely met at Washington, Texas to make a formal declaration of independence from Mexico.

Presented by H-E-B and coordinated by the Washington on the Brazos State Park Association, the annual 4th of July celebration at this 293-acre state park includes a day filled with family activities on Tuesday, the Fourth of July!

Barrington Living History Farm - Open 12-7pm   

  • Historic Firearms Demo - 1, 2, 4 & 6 pm
  • Button in a Hay Stack- Ongoing
  • Stick Horse Races - Ongoing
  • Races - Every 30 minutes from 1:30-6:30
  • Pig Bladder Toss - 3 & 5pm
  • Declaration Reading - 4 pm

Visitor Center           

  • Gift Shop Open - 10 am – 9 pm
  • Free Blue Bell Ice Cream - 5-7 pm (front lawn of Visitor Center)
  • HEB Free water/soda - 4-7 pm (front lawn of Visitor Center)

Star of the Republic Museum - Open 10 am - 7 pm

  • Private firework-viewing reception on second floor veranda of museum for Park Association members; media is invited – starts at 8 p.m. until fireworks over

Independence Hall

  • Tours - 11 am and 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 pm
  • 1830s Baseball game - 6-7 pm (on lawn between Independence Hall and Visitor Center)

Free Concert in Amphitheater - Wesley Westbrook Band, 7-9 pm

FIREWORKS!! - 9:15pm (fireworks launched near Barrington Farm) - KTEX/KWHI will broadcast patriotic music to accompany the fireworks display.

Free shuttle buses within park - Run from 1 to 10 pm    

Fees apply for access to Independence Hall (the site in 1836 where the representatives met to write the declaration of independence); the Star of the Republic Museum (collections honoring the history, cultures, diversity and values of early Texans; administered by Blinn College); and Barrington Living History Farm (where interpreters dress, talk, work and farm as the earliest residents of the original farmstead did).

Visitors can bring picnics, blankets, lawn chairs and flashlights. State park rules apply; alcohol prohibited.  Contact Jon Failor at (936) 878-2214 ext. 224 or for more information.

This event is made possible by H-E-B, Brenham National Bank, Brenham KTEX 106 Sounds Like Texas, KWHI 1280, Blue Bell Ice Cream, Del Sol Food Company-Briannas, Germania Insurance, Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD), the Star of the Republic Museum/Blinn College, and the Washington on the Brazos State Park Association.

Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site is found on the Brazos River at the original townsite of Washington, Texas, a major political and commercial center in early Texas. It is located at 23400 Park Road 12, Washington, TX, 77880—approximately halfway between Brenham and Navasota, off of State Hwy. 105. From Hwy. 105, follow either FM 912 or FM 1155 to Park Road 12. For additional information, call (936) 878-2214 or visit

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