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St. Augustine Founder's Day Activities Kick off September Outdoor and Virtual Celebrations


St. Augustine Founder's Day Activities Kick off September Outdoor and Virtual Celebrations on Florida's Historic Coast


St. Augustine, Fla – (September 2, 2020)…The Historic Florida Militia will present a commemoration of the 455th anniversary of the founding of the City of St. Augustine by Pedro Menendez de Aviles on September 5 at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park in St. Augustine.


This event will kick off a series of live and virtual events that celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Florida's Historic Coast, including the Sing Out Loud Music Festival, and Pilgrimage for the Planet.  


On Saturday, September 5, at 11 a.m., a processional with Pedro Menendez and his Spanish entourage (historically clad living history interpreters) march through the front gates of the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park with flags and musket firings. The procession leads to the Fountain of Youth's Boathouse for a ceremony to commemorate the First Thanksgiving that occurred September 8, 1565, followed by a blessing. Guests of the park will be treated to a cake to help celebrate the occasion.


This long-standing St. Augustine traditional experience has been modified to accommodate crowds with social distancing. Admission is $18 adults/$10 Children. St. Johns County resident admission $9 adults/$5 Children. For more information, visit https://hfm.club/event/first-thanksgiving.


Music has always been part of the cultural fabric of Florida's Historic Coast.  In recent years it has become even more important through events like the annual Sing Out Loud Music Festival, which features dozens of free musical performances at some of the area's most inspirational locations. This year's event takes place September 12&13, 19&20,  and 26&27 and will feature dozens of local musicians performing Virtual Sessions live-streamed from various places around Florida's Historic Coast.  Most locations like Alpine Groves Park, Nocatee Preserve, The St. Augustine Amphitheatre, Faver-Dykes State Park, and Beluthahatchee Park are outdoor locations where visitors can spread out and explore the natural beauty of Florida's Historic Coast at anytime.   


The popular and diverse performers include Davis Loose and the Loose Cannons, The Wild Shiners, Katie Grace Helow, Ghost Tropic, Folk is People, Aslyn & The Naysayers, Half My Home, Emma Mosely, 86hope, Mental Boy, Sam Pacetti, The Florida Chamber Music Project,  and many others. All Sing Out Loud Music Festival Live-streaming performances are free.  


And, through the month of September, everyone is invited to take part in a spiritual journey. Take a walk to save the Earth during the Season of Creation and renew your relationship with nature and engage in personal reflections and environmental acts of goodwill.  Laudato Si' Creation Care Ministry of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Augustine invites visitors and the community to take their own spiritual journey by choosing their own personal walking route.  There are many all along Florida's Historic Coast from which to choose.  Register in advance, then upon completion of your walk, share your experience online and earn a Pilgrimage Certificate.


Extend your summer through September on Florida's Historic Coast. There are plenty of  Summer Sunday special offers to make your stay on Florida's Historic Coast even more memorable.

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