Celebrate Texas History: Battle of The Alamo Commemoration, Feb. 23 - March 6

February 9, 2023


Jonathan Huhn, Alamo Trust, Inc.
Office (210) 225-1391x6064
Mobile (210) 867-7717

The Alamo will host Commemoration of the Battle of the Alamo from February 23 to March 6, 2023. This annual event marks the 12-day siege leading up to the 1836 Battle with special tours and programming at the historic site.

"The Battle of the Alamo holds a special place in the history of Texas and the United States, and it is our privilege to commemorate and honor the bravery and sacrifice of those who fought for freedom and independence," said Kate Rogers, Executive Director of the Alamo Trust, Inc. "Commemoration provides an opportunity for visitors to experience the Alamo's unique story, learn about the Texas Revolution, and understand why the Alamo remains a symbol of bravery and sacrifice for the world 187 years later."

Commemoration will feature a range of unique events that are free to the public, including "Never Surrender or Retreat" and "Dawn at the Alamo" as well as paid experiences such as "Evening with Heroes." 

The public and press are encouraged to attend the events and experience the Shrine of Texas Liberty. For more information please view a full schedule of the Alamo's Commemoration events below and visit the Alamo website.

Mexican troops arrive in San Antonio

Thursday, February 23
10 a.m.

Opening Ceremony | Free
The Commemoration Opening Ceremony on February 23 marks the first day of the Twelve-day siege leading up to the Battle of 1836. On this day, the Mexican Army arrived, and the Texians realized that they were outnumbered and ill-prepared.

Children on a field trip to the Alamo

Friday, February 24
9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

School Day | Reservations Required
Students of all ages are invited to learn about the Alamo and life at the time of the Texas Revolution. Pre-registered schools can participate in living history demonstrations, visit the Alamo Church, and engage in guided activities on Alamo Plaza.

Reenactment of Travis writing letter in front of the Alamo Church

Friday, February 24
10 a.m.

Never Surrender or Retreat | Free
Revisit this pivotal moment in Texas history by witnessing a reading of Colonel William Travis' "Never Surrender or Retreat" letter. This famous plea for reinforcements will be read by Colt McBee, a Texas-born Country singer and Olympic Skeet Shooter for Team USA.

Three children lined up learning how to fire a musket with an Alamo Living Historian

Sunday, February 26
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

School Day | Free
New this year! Bring the whole family for a day of fun at the Alamo! Hands-on activities such as simulating a cannon crew, games, and a few surprises throughout the grounds will delight visitors of all ages.

Men in 1830s period attire marching by Long Barrack led by a drummer

Wednesday, March 1
11 a.m.

The Immortal 32 Arrive | Free
Honor the sacrifice of the 32 men from Gonzales, the only reinforcements the Alamo Defenders received at this one-of-a-kind event. Special guests will include the Mayor of Gonzales, the Gonzales Crystal Theater's Young Texians, and descendants of the brave men who came to help the Alamo Defenders in 1836. 

Color guard of women holding flags in front of Alamo Church

Thursday, March 2
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Texas Independence Day | Free
Celebrate Texas Independence, declared on March 2, 1836, at the Alamo with live music, living history demonstrations, and a special ceremony by the Alamo Mission Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

Thursday, March 2
6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Salute to Texas | Tickets Required
Celebrate Texas Independence with an evening at the Alamo with Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel, a surprise performance from legendary Tex-Mex musical guests, and a first look at the Alamo Collections Center before it opens to the public! Make plans to join us for a night you will Remember!

Grand Lodge freemasons marching to the Alamo

Saturday, March 4
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Alamo Observance | Free
The Grand Lodge of Texas will honor the freemasons who perished at the Alamo. The Grand Master will lay a wreath in front of the Shrine and speak about the history of freemasonry in Texas.

Living historians re-enact the night before the siege

Saturday, March 4
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

An Evening with Heroes | Tickets required
What would it have been like to be present at the Alamo during the siege leading up to the battle? Join the Alamo for a special, after-hours theatrical event where you'll witness the events and conversations that took place the evening before the final attack.

Alamo Church with visitors in the front against a dark sky

Monday, March 6
6 a.m.

Dawn at the Alamo | Free
This reverent ceremony honors the sacrifice of the Alamo Defenders before dawn, when the Battle of the Alamo took place in 1836. This is the definitive experience at The Alamo, on the anniversary of the siege, with hundreds of Texans in Alamo Plaza.

Speaker at a podium in front of Alamo Church

Monday, March 6
6 p.m.

Remember the Defenders | Free
This solemn evening ceremony, presented in partnership with the Alamo Defenders’ Descendants Association, pays tribute to the men who gave their lives in the name of Texas Independence on March 6, 1836.

About Alamo Trust, Inc. | Located in the heart of San Antonio, the Alamo stands as a Shrine to Texas Liberty. Alamo Trust, Inc., or the Alamo, tells the story of Texas Independence as part of its rich and diverse 300-year history to over 1.6 million visitors every year and is the #1 most visited destination in the State of Texas. In 1960, the Alamo was designated a United States National Historic Landmark, and in 2015, it became part of the Lone Star State's only UNESCO World Heritage Site. Witness living history, experience authentic artifacts, and explore an iconic landmark that shaped the country. Visit theAlamo.org.