Commemoration: The Anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo


From February 23 through March 6 every year, the Alamo hosts Commemoration. Commemoration honors the anniversary of the 1836 Battle of the Alamo with 13 days of special events and programming. Commemoration will return in 2020, from February 23 through March 6.

With dozens of unique events that are free to the public and special paid experiences that happen only during Commemoration, this is the definitive time to visit the Alamo.

"Commemoration is such a heart-warming time in our history!" - Alamo visitor Bonny Badour

In the past we've hosted historians from Mexico, Texas and from all around the U.S. to discuss the history behind the Battle of the Alamo and the impact it has had globally. We also engage with visitors using interactive living history programming where visitors get to see what life was like in 1836 from a historian in period-appropriate attire with items and weapons from the 1800's.

For Commemoration in 2020, we have developed dozens of daily events that will provide visitors with interactive opportunities to learn about the Battle of the Alamo. For the 184th anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo, you can look forward to the following events between Feb. 23 and March 7. More events will be added, so check this page in the future for additional details on the special events we have lined up to honor the Alamo defenders. If you have questions about Commemoration events and programming, please email


An Evening with Heroes Learn what it would have been like to be present at the Alamo during the leadup to the battle on March 6. Tickets $20, register here. Feb. 22, 6 p.m.
La Gran Marcha del Ejercito Mexico Witness the arrival of the Mexican Army in this annual historic recreation. Feb. 23, 11 a.m.
Never Surrender or Retreat Answer Col. Travis' impassioned call for reinforcements with this live reading of the Travis Letter. Feb. 24, 10 a.m.
School Day at the Alamo Students of all ages are invited to experience Alamo history during the 184th Commemoration of the Battle of the Alamo. Feb. 24, 9 a.m.
Movie Night at the Alamo Join us for a free screening of John Wayne's The Alamo. Feb. 28, 6 p.m.
Remember, a Musical About the Battle of the Alamo In partnership with the Tobin Endowment, this world-premiere musical will honor those who gave their lives for Texas. Purchase tickets on the Tobin Center website. Feb. 29, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
The Immortal 32 Arrive! We honor the sacrifice of the 32 men from Gonzales with one-of-a-kind living history event. March 1, 11 a.m.
Texas Independence Day Celebration Throughout the day, the Alamo will host special events and demonstrations to celebrate Texas Independence. March 2, 4 p.m.
Texas Independence Day Ceremony with Alamo Mission Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Presented in with the Alamo Mission Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, this ceremony commemorates Texas Independence Day. March 2, 12:30 p.m.
Conservation Conversation Award-winning reporter Shane Mcauliffe, host of "The Texas Bucket List" will converse in this discussion with the Alamo's Conservator, Archaeologist, and Curator. Register today! March 5, 6 p.m.
Dawn at the Alamo This somber ceremony honors the sacrifice of the Alamo defenders at dawn. March 6, 6 a.m.
Commemoration Ceremony with the Alamo Chapter of the Sons of the Republic of Texas This historical program commemorates the aftermath of the Battle of the Alamo. March 6, 10 a.m.
Commemoration Ceremony with the Alamo Mission Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas This ceremony honors the heroes of the Alamo who valiantly fought and died on March 6, 1836. March 6, 2 p.m.
Remember the Defenders This reverent ceremony will honor the memory of the Alamo defenders who gave their lives in the name of Texas' independence. March 6, 6 p.m.
The Alamo Observance 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 chapel, and will speak about the history of freemasonry in Texas. March 7, 9 a.m.



For a preview of Commemoration 2020, take a look at images from 2019's festivities and the video below.



Dawn at the Alamo


Never Surrender or Retreat
The Immortal 32 Arrive!
La Gran Marcha del Ejercito Mexicano


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