Today marks the 186th anniversary of the adoption of Texas' Declaration of Independence.

On This Day in Texas History

On March 2, 1836, 59 delegates at Washington-on-the-Brazos signed the declaration, which stated that since Mexico had become less of a republic and more of a military dictatorship, folks up here were going to establish the Republic of Texas, and so it was.

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It was 9 years later, December 29, 1845, when Texas joined the U.S. and became the 28th state.


Celebrating Texas Independence Day

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So, how do we celebrate Texas Independence Day? However you want really, but here are some suggestions, like munching on some Whataburger while you listen to George Strait and yell "Come and Take It!" at your cardiologist, who told you to lay off the burgers.


Whataburger

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I wasn't really kidding about that. Whataburger is a true Texas favorite and can be found on just about every corner. May I suggest a Whataburger with bacon and jalapeno, add cheese? Pair it with a Dr Pepper milk shake to really bring it home.


Remember the Alamo

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Feeling somewhat patriotic? A visit to the Alamo is always a great way to celebrate Texas history. Reminds me of a joke, You know how Davey Crockett enjoys his pie? À la mode. (I kid, I kid.)


Don't Mess With Texas

The old Texas add campaign that encouraged us all to keep it clean can be a great way to celebrate Texas. Take the kids out with a couple of trash bags and clean some parks.

Remember Willie's commercial?


Recite the Texas Pledge of Allegiance

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It's short and sweet, so maybe repeat several times through the day to a new audience.

"Honor the Texas flag; I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one state under God, one and indivisible."


Texas Chili

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How about a nice pot of Texas Chili with a six-pack of Lonestar Beer to wash it down? Remember, NO BEANS IN TEXAS CHILI! Please don't make me say it again. It ain't stew, it's chili.


Buc-ee's

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My grandpa would call it the Great Texas Gas Station - the only place in the world where you could fill up, grab the road snacks, and complete your Christmas shopping all at one time. He wasn't wrong.

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Stop in, grab some Beaver Nuggets, and commence the celebration.


 

There's really no end to how you might celebrate Texas Independence. In 1836 they would go out into the streets with drink and song and fire some guns into the air. That's probably not the way to do it today, but however you choose to celebrate, keep it safe, have some Blue Bell Ice Cream, and we'll see you back here next year!

Blue Bell Ice Cream On The List of Top 15 Brands Nationwide

Blue Bell is the official ice cream of Texas, and my personal favorite. According to a new list of the 15 best brands of ice cream nationwide, Blue Bell was ranked in the middle.

In addition to ingredients, texture, and variety, Tasting Table used Influenster and other site reviews as part of its ranking process.

Scroll on to find out how Blue Bell compared to the number one ice cream, and how all 15 on the list were judged.

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