2019 Festival originally scheduled for April 13
The March 17 tank farm fire at the ITC facility remains an ongoing situation that has closed the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site and the San Jacinto Museum of History since the emergency situation began. At the present time, access to the area surrounding the site is restricted to emergency personnel involved in the cleanup. All preparations needed for a successful Festival & Battle Reenactment by necessity, have been halted.
“While the situation is improving, we do not know when conditions will allow for the public to return to this hallowed ground,” said Larry Spasic, San Jacinto Museum President. “Our overriding concern is, of course, the safety of our guests and the participants involved as well as the animals used in the reenactment and our educational venues. Because of the ongoing efforts of the cleanup and remediation of the pollution in the waterways and grasslands in and around the San Jacinto Site and continuing uncertainties, we feel it is better to act proactively than reactively to these circumstances.”
With an abundance of caution, the difficult decision has been made to cancel the 2019 San Jacinto Festival and Battle Reenactment scheduled for April 13th. All involved are deeply saddened that this important tradition will not occur for only the second time in nearly 35 years.
“Thank you to everyone for their continued support during this tough time. The staff of the San Jacinto Battleground, San Jacinto Monument and Battleship Texas look forward to the recovery phase of this emergency so we can again serve the people of Texas,” said William Irwin, Superintendent of the San Jacinto State Historic Site. We all look forward to the reopening of the park and the museum when conditions permit.
For updates on the Museum & Park reopening, please visit www.sanjacintomuseum.org/Visit_Us/.