Each year, The Walker County Historical Commission, the Sam Houston Memorial Museum and the City of Huntsville Tourism Department invites everyone to attend the Texas Independence Day and General Sam Houston Birthday Celebration on March 2.
The March 2 festivities begin with a reception at the Walker County Museum/Gibbs-Powell House, located in downtown Huntsville at 1228 11th St.
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. Led by the university’s ROTC members, marchers will proceed to the grave by means of University Avenue, 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 to honor Gen. Houston at his gravesite in Oakwood Cemetery (Sam Houston Memorial Drive at 9th Street).
The gravesite ceremony will also include the SHSU ROTC Color Guard and Rifle Team, special music, the laying of wreaths and a “Baptized a Texan Ceremony.” In case of inclement weather guest will make their way to First United Methodist Church, Family Life Center, located at 10th & Sam Houston Ave. To be Baptized, guests must RSVP.
Immediately following the ceremony is a luncheon at the Sam Houston Statue Visitor Center located at 7600 SH75 South. Birthday cake and a "Toast to Texas" will be included at the luncheon. Guest must RSVP.