Battleship Texas celebrate 100 years in March

Photo courtesy of Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Photo courtesy of Texas Parks & Wildlife Department The Battleship Texas Foundation in partnership with Texas Parks & Wildlife Department will host a public festival to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the commissioning of the Battleship Texas. The festival will feature Robert Earl Keen’s “A Texas Uprising” and will be held

Join the Centennial Celebration, Saturday, March 15, on the grounds of the San Jacinto Battleground Park adjacent to the ship. The festival will feature Robert Earl Keen and friends Reckless Kelly, Kelly Willis and Bruce Robinson, and Charlie Robison for “A Texas Uprising.” Gates open at noon.

Learn more about the Battleship Texas, and plan to attend the event for a rare chance to honor her living crew members from the Greatest Generation and to help fund the big- gun battleship’s restoration and preservation.

The iconic Battleship Texas is the only remaining “dreadnought” that served in both World Wars. Commissioned on March 12, 1914, as the most powerful weapon in the world, the Battleship Texas is credited with the introduction and innovation of advances in gunnery, aviation, and radar.

She has a long list of achievements: 12,429 days of commissioned service through two World Wars, 725,415 miles traveled, 4,200 troops carried home, 32 years active service, and 5 World War II battle stars.

The festival will honor the Battleship Texas and her legendary history and pay tribute to the surviving crew members who proudly served on the ship during World War II.

Tickets are avai lable in advance and at the gate. General admission tickets are $14 in advance and $20 on the day of the festival. A discounted price is available for veterans: $8 in advance and $15 at the gate. VIP tents and ship access are also available.

The Battleship Texas will be open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. for public tours. Festival patrons can also visit interactive exhibits, historical zones and children’s activity zones; enjoy headliner musical entertainment; local restaurants and gourmet food trucks; and a fireworks show to end the celebration.

The Battleship Texas Foundation (BTF) was established in 1998 with the mission to work in partnership with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) to preserve and enhance the Battleship Texas, and help develop the historic ship into a premier hands-on museum and world class visitor attraction.

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