Free Event

Founder's Day 2017

Saturday, September 9, 2017, 10 a.m. – noon at Mission of Nombre de Dios

CANCELLED: Join the city of St. Augustine as it commemorates the 452nd anniversary of its founding on September 8, 1565.

Just North of Downtown
27 Ocean Avenue, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
(877) 352-4478
  • CANCELLED due to Hurricane Irma. Check back for more information after the storm has passed.

    This year, St. Augustine is celebrating its 452nd birthday, with its annual Founder's Day Commemoration on Saturday, September 9, 2017. This will be the 452nd anniversary of the founding of the city by Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés.

    The event includes the recreation of Menéndez's landing on September 8, 1565, as well as the Mass of Thanksgiving the Spanish celebrated soon after.

    Historic Florida Militia's Men of Menéndez present the 2017 Founder's Day commemoration in partnership with the Mission Nombre de Dios and the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. The landing takes place at 10:00 a.m. at the Mission, accompanied by cannon and musket salutes from the adjacent shores of the Fountain of Youth. After the landing, a Catholic Mass will be held on the Mission grounds.

    The reenactment of the First Thanksgiving is held at the Fountain of Youth, followed by a re-created encampment with living history demonstrations from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

    St. Augustine is the oldest continuously-occupied European settlement in the continental United States. Volunteers will reenact the landing of Menéndez and his crew at the original site of the founding of the "Noble and Loyal City" on September 8, 1565.

    Ample, free parking is available at the Mission. Seating is limited, so guests are encouraged to bring folding chairs.

    Admission: The event is free. Regular admission rates apply to enter the Fountain of Youth ($15 for adults, $14 for seniors ages 60 and over, $9 for children ages 6-12, and free for toddlers 5 and under). Admission to the park for St. Johns County residents (with ID) is Free.

    When: The landing, Mass, and First Thanksgiving will take place at the Mission beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 9, 2017. The re-created encampment will be held at the Fountain of Youth from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

    Where: The Mission Nombre de Dios is located at 27 Ocean Avenue in St. Augustine FL 32084. The Fountain of Youth is located at 11 Magnolia Avenue in St. Augustine FL 32084.

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