Free Event

Wreath Laying Ceremony for Pedro Menéndez 500th Birthday

Friday, February 15, 2019, at 10:00 a.m.

St. Augustine honors the 500th birthday of its founder, Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, with a wreath-laying ceremony at City Hall.

St. Augustine City Hall
74 King St., St. Augustine, FL, 32084
(904) 825-1004
  • On Friday, February 15, 2019, St. Augustine will commemorate the 500th birthday of its founder, Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés with a wreath-laying ceremony at the base of his statue in front of City Hall. The brief ceremony, which will begin at 10:00 a.m., is free and open to the public.

    City of St. Augustine Mayor Nancy Shaver will be on hand, as will Consulate General of Spain in Miami, Cándido Creis. After the ceremony, birthday cake and coffee will be available in the Alcazar Room.

    The City of St. Augustine designated the area in front of City Hall as Parque de Menéndez in honor of the city founder on an earlier birthday celebration, on February 15, 1978. The ceremony was attended by the Ambassador of Spain to the United States. The statue of Pedro Menéndez, a replica of the one in the city of Avilés, was given by "the People of Avilés, Spain to the People of St. Augustine, Florida.” 

    This event is part of the week-long Festival de San Agustin, presented by Historic Florida Militia in celebration of the 500th birthday of St. Augustine's founder, Pedro Menéndez. Other events include a showing of the PBS documentary, "Secrets of Spanish Florida" on Thursday, February 14, a special History on the Streets Saunter on Friday, February 15, and the Menéndez Birthday Paseo and Noche de Festival gala dinner on Saturday, February 16, 2019.

    Admission: Free

    When: Friday, February 15, 2019, at 10:00 a.m.

    Where: The statue of Pedro Menéndez in the Parque de Menéndez in front of City Hall, at 74 King St., St. Augustine FL 32084.

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