National Texas Day 2023 is Upon Us!

National Texas Day 2023 is Upon Us!

Posted by Hayley Adams on Jan 26th 2023

Texans don’t need much to celebrate the Lone Star State. Yee-Haw!!

What Is National Texas Day?

Every year on February 1st, National Texas Day is celebrated, and to be honest, we’re not entirely sure why. If you think about it, Texas Independence Day is March 2, San Jacinto Day is April 21, and Texas was granted U.S. statehood on Dec. 29, 1845. All logical reasons to celebrate, right? But we didn’t stop there. On February 1, 1861, a group of Texas delegates voted to secede from the Union, but it wasn't ratified by voters until February 23rd, and secession wasn't even made official until March 2nd which is Texas Independence Day.

Although it's not clear why February 1st has enough significance to mark it as National Texas Day, it IS clear that Texans don’t need much encouragement to celebrate the Lone Star State regardless of the occasion, and we’re here for it!

So in honor of this day, let’s share some Texas pride and list out some of our favorite fun facts about the Lone Star State.

Texas Fun Facts You Need To Know

  • Texas is the only state to have the flags of 6 different nations fly over it. The flags are Spanish, French, Mexican, Republic of Texas, Confederate States, and the United States.
  • In fact, Six Flags theme parks owe their name to Texas's history, and those are all over the county now.
  • Naturally, the first word spoken from the moon was “Houston” on July 20, 1969. Moon dibs?
  • The Texas State Capitol is the largest of any state capitol building in America. You know what they say, everything is bigger in Texas. And we mean everything…
  • Speaking of the Capitol, the stone used to construct the Capitol comes from Granite Mountain in Burnet County. The pink granite quarry sits 1 mile west of Marble Falls, Texas.
  • It doesn’t stop there, The Texas State Capitol is actually 15-feet taller than the U.S. Capitol.
  • There's a ranch in Texas, The King Ranch, that's bigger than the entire state of Rhode Island.
  • The world’s first rodeo was held in Pecos on July 4, 1883.
  • There are 3 power grids in the United States. One in the East, one in the West, and one in Texas. (Maybe not our best move… this topic is still a little delicate for some after last year.)

Whether this should be an official day to recognize or not, it’s still a great excuse to take a step back, appreciate this great state, fly your Texas flag high, and share your pride with everyone!