• The introduction section to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills states that teachers should be aware that, "State and federal laws mandate a variety of celebrations and observances, including Celebrate Freedom Week." To assist teachers in staying abreast of those laws, the following list is made available which include observances, holidays, and recognition months. 



  • February 19

    STAR Day - State of Texas Anniversary Remembrance Day

    (A) In honor of Texas joining the Union and the day that James Pinckney Henderson became the first governor of the State of Texas in 1846.
    (B) STAR Day shall be regularly observed by appropriate and patriotic programs in the public school and other places to properly commemorate the annexation of this state and to inspire a greater appreciation for the history of this state.

    Star Day Foundation




  • September 11

    Minute of Silence to Commemorate September 11, 2001

    To commemorate the ratification in 1920 of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, this guaranteed women the right to vote.

    Texas First Responders Day

    In honor of the bravery, courage, and determination of Texas men and women who assist others in emergencies.

    Britannica - elementary

    Britannica - middle school

    Britannica primary Sources

    9/11 Interactive Timelines


    September 17

    Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

    To commemorate the formation and signing on September 17, 1787, of the Constitution and recognize all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens.

    Constitution Day video (login to Launchpad and Discovery Education required first)

    Constitution Day: Background and Celebration (login to Launchpad and Discovery Education required first)

    Week of September 17

    Celebrate Freedom Week

    To educate students about the sacrifices made for freedom in the founding of this country and the values on which this country was founded, the week in which September 17 falls is designated as Celebrate Freedom Week in public schools.  For purposes of this subsection, Sunday is considered the first day of the week.

    American Symbols of Freedom video (login to Launchpad and Discovery Education required first)


    Last Friday in September

    American Indian Heritage Day

    The last Friday in September is American Indian Heritage Day in recognition of the historic, cultural, and social contributions American Indian communities and leaders have made to this state.

    Learn about Texas Indians 

    Guide to Texas Indians produced by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (Elementary)

    Indian Relations in Texas (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

    Indians (Texas State Historical Association)

    Cherokee Nation

    Creek Nation

    Georgia Indian Mounds