If you’re looking for fun things to do on the 4th of July, please keep the San Jacinto Museum and Monument in mind.  Located on the grounds of the 1,200-acre San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, the Monument and Museum will be opened from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

There is plenty to do free on the grounds of this state park: free admission to the park; free parking; free to walk the San Jacinto Battleground and relive the famous battle for Texas Independence; free picnic tables, grills and water faucets; free to explore the 1,210-foot long marsh trail and boardwalk to see the native prairie, tidal marsh and bottomland forest as it appeared at the time of the historic 1836 Battle of San Jacinto.

For a minimal fee, visitors can purchase tickets for the elevator ride to the observation deck, the Texas Forever!! The Battle of San Jacinto movie, San Jacinto Museum of History and its exhibits.

The San Jacinto Monument is one of the tallest stone column monuments in the world.  The nearly 500-foot elevator ride to the Observation Deck reaches the top, visitors can stand beneath the 220 ton, 34 foot Lone Star of Texas, and see the historic battleground of The Battle of San Jacinto, the marshland restoration and boardwalk, the Buffalo Bayou, the busy Houston Ship Channel, the Battleship TEXAS, and many square miles of surrounding area.

The San Jacinto Monument and Museum are operated by the San Jacinto Museum of History Association, a non-profit organization, in association with the Texas State Parks and Wildlife Department.

The San Jacinto monument and battlegrounds complex is located at One Monument Circle in La Porte.

For information, call 281-479-2421; and follow the museum on Facebook for more specials, history trivia and news updates all year.