Party like it’s 1836, but with modern amenities and lots of free stuff.
The Heritage Society and Mister McKinney’s Historic Houston are throwing a birthday bash to celebrate Houston’s turning 183 years old. The free party is scheduled for 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 in Connally Plaza at 1100 Bagby St., with free parking available in The Heritage Society parking lot between Allen Parkway and Dallas Street.
There will be live music, complimentary food from Bollo Woodfired Pizza and beer donated by Saint Arnold Brewing Company as well as free soft drinks, water and a large birthday cake from Three Brothers Bakery. Houston City Councilman Robert Gallegos will serve as honorary chairperson, and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner will be on hand to cut the cake at about 5 p.m.
The Heritage Society, funded in part by a city grant through the Houston Arts Alliance, will provide free tours of its homes and its museum will be open with no admission charge.
Mister McKinney’s Houston History Bus, an open-air school bus, also will be on hand to offer free educational tours of downtown. Bus tours are scheduled for 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and will be available on a first come, first served basis.
“Houston is a can-do city with challenges we continue to overcome, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to honor the legacy of those who made it possible,” McKinney said in a news release.
Those planning to attend Houston’s birthday party are asked to RSVP at www.heritagesociety.org<http://www.heritagesociety.org.