“After being away from the site for over six weeks, the staff are excited to again have the opportunity to share this site and our Texas heritage with the public,” said William Irwin, superintendent of the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site complex, in a May 8 press release.
The historic site is where American troops in 1836 routed a larger Mexican force. Battleship Texas was involved with several naval battles in both world wars, according to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.
The site, battleship and several public parks were closed as a precautionary measure in the aftermath of the Deer Park fire.
The reopening is ahead of a 75th anniversary D-Day commemoration event June 8. Starting at 8 a.m., former Battleship Texas crew members and D-Day Medal of Honor recipients will be recognized, and the ship will host a D-Day exhibit, historic re-enactors and more, all free with general admission to the ship, according to the release.
The battleground is open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, and Battleship Texas is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The ship’s entrance fee is $12 for those age 12 and older, $6 for seniors age 65 and older, $3 for children ages 5-11 and free for children age 4 and younger.