Welcome to the birthplace of Texas Freedom


The community’s favorite weekend of the year is once again upon us as Gonzales gears up for the 63rd annual Come and Take It Celebration. The festival celebrates the historic first shot of Oct. 2, 1835 that eventually led to Texas independence. It was the First Shot of Texas Freedom, and led to the Battle of the Alamo, the Immortal 32 from Gonzales, the Runaway Scrape, Goliad, San Jacinto and finally the treaty that was signed on Washington on the Brazos. But it all started here, and this weekend we take time to reflect, remember and rededicate ourselves to the principles that our great ancestors fought and died for.

We are justifiably proud of our heritage of the First Shot and our place and role in creating Texas history. We think the commemoration is 100 percent justified, but the Come and Take It Celebration has come to mean more than just history to our community and county.

It is a homecoming for some, a chance to show off our historic homes to others, a chance to experience Pioneer Village, and a place for all elements of the community to come together for fun, fellowship and a celebration of our history and life and times.

We welcome all our friends, family and relatives back to town, and we would like to extend a good old-fashioned Texas welcome to all our new visitors and tourists in town who are here to take part in this weekend’s wonderful event. The weather looks to be cooperating this weekend, and we think this may be one of the best Come and Take It Celebrations ever.

We would also like to welcome our visitors from the Sisters on the Fly who are staying at J.B. Wells Park this week. Over 500 wonderful women from all over the United States have come to Gonzales to celebrate their 20th anniversary as a group of ladies who share the outdoors, sisterhood, friendship and fun times. Welcome Sisters, and we are proud and happy to have you here. Come back again next year! You are always welcome in Gonzales, Texas.

This is always an important weekend for Gonzales, and we encourage all our citizens to come out and remember our history, support our community and businesses, and have a blast in town. We think our hospitality is second to none and wish everyone a safe and fun-filled weekend.

In this week’s paper, there is a special edition and guide to the Come and Take It Celebration. In addition, the staff will be providing hourly and daily updates on events and happenings all weekend long on social media. Like the Gonzales Inquirer on Facebook and follow us on our website at www.gonzalesinquirer.com.