12 Patriotic Destinations to Celebrate America’s Birthday!

AOL Patriotic Birthday Destinations

There’s no better place to celebrate America’s Birthday than at any of our Country’s patriotic destinations. Almost every city and town brings out the flags and buntings of red, white and blue and decks out the parks, windows and doors. From battlefields to memorials, parades to parties, we’ll help show some cool places to let freedom ring! So, bring out the cake and candles and let’s get this party started! Here’s just a small collection of destinations to celebrate our Nation’s independence!

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Remembering the Alamo!

Remember the Alamo!!  


Did you know March 6, 2017 was the 181st Anniversary of the Siege of the Alamo.  


How many of you, without Googling, could tell what happened there and why the Alamo is such an important historical site?


*crickets…crickets…crickets…*


Let us help you out a little…


…the Alamo is the home of the 1836 battle where heroes, Esparza, Crocket, Bowie, and Travis died fighting for freedom.  Their sacrifice helped birth Texas and globally, put it on the map.  Their call for aid and refusal to surrender in the face of overwhelming odds stirred America and the world.  The seige lasted 13 days but there’s tons more in history to learn about the 13 days of siege of the Alamo.


Since it has such a great historical importance , we will just direct you to here to the Alamo website:  




Today, the Alamo is the heart of San Antonio and is Texas’ most visited historic landmark and we made it a point to visit it, inside and out.  Its not a far walk to the Riverwalk, so put this on your San Antonio To-Do’s.




The one thing that just surprised us was just how small it really is…the building that is and inside the fort area.  In movies, it shows a much larger image but the fact is, it’s quite small and takes up very little real estate.  It’s located in the middle of the city amongst towering modern buildings and shopping all around it.  The amazingly beautiful, architectured 300-year old former Spanish mission-turned-fortress is a great exhibit open year-round; free for school groups, families, travelers and all who visit and experience first hand the battlefield and hallowed grounds.  Literally, the hair on the backs of our necks stood up as we walked graciously with each step.


Here, in its current state:


About the buildings ——> HERE


The night we took these photos was actually a rarity to enjoy this…no people.  We consider ourselves lucky as we have walked by it several different times of the day on different occasions only to see it swarmed with visitors making it difficult to get good National Geographic type photos.  These are OUR photos.  

The Entrance

The outer ‘fortress’ wall and gate

Click on the photo to get a better look to read

This is what it normally looks like during the day, so you see what an incredible gift it was to get to see it ‘naked’.


Though we didn’t get to attend the 13 days of interactive living history events to commemorate the 181st anniversary of the 1836 siege and battle of THE ALAMO this year, we DID get to go last year this time when our son was in town visiting.  




We went on a 1-hour guided tour by Alamo History Interpreters exploring the story that made Texas famous.  We learned about the events and heroes that endured hardship, gallantry and valor. Our ‘guided tour’, cost us $30 but was well worth the money, took us along the original footprint of the Spanish mission and ended inside the Alamo Church.  The exhibits were very well done with artifacts and chronological historical lineage on plaquards.  Just a note, no photography inside the building of artifacts is permitted.

So, today, we tip our hats to Texas history today!!  Never forget THE ALAMO!



Family Day in San Antonio

 

 

In 2016, about a month after our son returned from his fourth and final Middle East deployment, he drove down from his home and duty station in Colorado to come check out our new digs and visit for a few days.  We bragged about how wonderful San Antonio was and that he just had to come check it out for himself.  Unfortunately, his fiance’ couldn’t get time off from work to come with him but we made the best of his visit.

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