National Texas Day

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Yee-haw! Gather round partners, as we saddle up for our journey through the world of National Texas Day! You may not have realized this blockbuster of a day even existed, but with 2591 online mentions, it's safe to say that the Lone Star State is hogging the limelight just a tad, don't you think? The top day of Texan celebration was February 1, 2018, when the love for Texas was so strong it could be seen from a space cowboy's spaceship. Let's get galloping, shall we?

When is Texas Day?

It's national texas day on the 1st February.

A Lone Star Celebration

National Texas Day, more than just an excuse to toss on your cowboy hat, is a day of unabashed pride in all things Texan. From its tortilla-tossing history to its dusty range prairies, this is a day where the state’s culture, quirks and contributions are celebrated worldwide.

What's The Big Deal?

Just what makes Texas so special? Apart from being bigger than most countries (seriously, it's massive), Texas boasts a rich tapestry of history, teeming with iconic moments and larger-than-life personalities. Davy Crockett anyone? Battle of Alamo, surely? Or how about the first word spoken from the moon being 'Houston'?

How To Celebrate National Texas Day?

How does one celebrate National Texas Day? Well, everything is bigger in Texas, so go big or go home. Try some classic chilli con carne, whip up some Tex-Mex delights, or go line dancing. And of course, don't forget to say 'howdy' to everyone you meet!

Remembering February 1, 2018

On February 1, 2018, the love for Texas hit an all-time high with a peak in online mentions. Maybe it was the crisp rodeo air, or perhaps a collective craving for Tex-Mex, either way it was a day when the internet turned a friendly shade of cowboy boot brown in honor of the Lone Star State.

History behind the term 'Texas'


First European Contact

In 1528, the term 'Texas' came into existence when the Spanish explorer Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, who was shipwrecked on the Gulf Coast, used the word 'Tejas' to refer to the area's indigenous people. 'Tejas' is derived from the Caddo word 'taysha,' meaning 'friends' or 'allies.' This marks the first recorded use of the term 'Texas.'


French Exploration

The term 'Texas' gained further recognition in 1682 when the French explorer René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, claimed the region for France and named it 'La Louisiane' in honor of King Louis XIV. Within 'La Louisiane,' 'Texas' referred specifically to the area of the state between the Sabine and Trinity Rivers.


Mexican Independence

Mexico gained independence from Spain in 1821, and Texas became a part of the new Mexican Republic. The Spanish word 'Tejas' was anglicized to 'Texas,' and it continued to be used as the name for the region.


Republic of Texas

In 1836, Texas declared independence from Mexico and became the Republic of Texas. During this period, the term 'Texas' gained prominence as the official name of the independent republic. The Lone Star flag, symbolizing Texas as an independent nation, was also adopted.


Annexation by the United States

In 1845, Texas was admitted as the 28th state of the United States. The name 'Texas' remained unchanged, and it became an integral part of American history and culture. The term 'Texas' evokes images of vast landscapes, cowboy culture, and a unique sense of pride and independence.

Did you know?

Did you know Texas is called the 'Lone Star State' as a reminder of its struggle for independence from Mexico and to represent Texas as an independent republic.


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First identified

12th July 2017

Most mentioned on

1st February 2018

Total mentions


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