Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony for President Lyndon B. Johnson’s 115th Birthday

JOHNSON CITY, Texas – Make plans to join Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park and Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site in celebrating the 115th anniversary of President Johnson’s birth. At 10:00 am on Sunday, August 27th, the National Park Service will host the annual wreath-laying ceremony at President Johnson’s gravesite in the Johnson Family Cemetery at the LBJ Ranch. The ceremony continues a tradition that Mrs. Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson began in 1973.

To view the wreath-laying ceremony, stop first at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park to pick up a free vehicle permit and map. The state park visitor center will open at 8:30 am. Upon leaving the state park, drive 1.5 miles east on Ranch Road 1 and cross the Pedernales River to the entrance gate of the LBJ Ranch. The gate opens at 9:00 am. The Johnson Family Cemetery is located just inside the ranch entrance. Please allow plenty of time to arrive at the cemetery prior to 10:00 am.

To allow for staffing of the event, the national park visitor center in Johnson City will open at 12:00 noon on Sunday, August 27, 2023.

JOHNSON CITY, Texas – Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park announces the opening of two new temporary exhibits, The Texas Oval Office and The Cabinet Oak Project.

The Texas Oval Office exhibit officially opens with a public ribbon cutting at 12:30 PM. on April 5 in the park’s visitor center, in Johnson City. The exhibit enables visitors to feel as though they are stepping inside the home office of President Johnson located at the Texas White House. The National Park Service visitor center is open daily, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

In conjunction with the Texas White House Rehabilitation Project, The Cabinet Oak Project is an art exhibition that honors President Johnson’s legacy using wood from the historic, 300-year-old oak under which the President once held meetings. This sprawling tree witnessed critical conversations that shaped the country—including discussions about landmark legislation that established the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities

The Cabinet Oak Project exhibit in the Hangar Visitor Center is open 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM Visitors must first stop in at the LBJ State Park and Historic Site Visitor Center located on Highway 281 between Johnson City and Fredericksburg to pick up a free driving pass to the LBJ Ranch

Stargazers on LBJ Ranch Airstrip (NPS)

STONEWALL, TEXAS – Make plans to view the wonders of the night sky at Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park on Saturday, October 22. Beginning at 6:30 pm at the LBJ Ranch near Stonewall, the National Park Service will host programs highlighting the marvels of the night sky and the importance of preserving dark skies.

The event will begin with a program at 6:30 pm in the Hangar visitor center. Russ Glenn, a NASA Solar System Ambassador, will highlight current NASA missions including the James Webb space telescope and the Artemis mission. A space education professional with a Master of Science in Space Studies, Russ has been bringing experiential learning into his classrooms for over 25 years. The evening’s interactive program will take a closer look at current and future space exploration.

After the presentation concludes at 7:30 pm, the Hill Country Astronomers (HCA) will set up telescopes and offer a stargazing experience from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Visitors can view stars, globular star clusters, and even distant galaxies.

The event is free of charge; however, attendance is limited to 70 participants.