Time to celebrate the beautiful sunshine state. From the Everglades to Miami, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Florida. Whether you’re a local or just visiting, grab your sunscreen and let’s celebrate this special day!
History of National Florida Day
Florida has a long and diverse history. The land now known as Florida has been inhabited for thousands of years by indigenous peoples, including the Seminole, Timucua, and Calusa tribes. In 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León became the first known European to set foot in Florida. Spain claimed the land as a colony, and later ceded it to the United States in 1821 as part of the Adams-Onis Treaty.
Today, Florida is a popular destination for vacationers and retirees, and is known for its beaches, theme parks, and warm weather. Additionally, Florida is an economic powerhouse, with a strong focus on industries such as tourism, agriculture, and aerospace. Additionally, its urban centers, like Miami, and cities like Orlando, Tampa, and Jacksonville have become a mix of cultures with vibrant food and entertainment scenes.
National Florida Day Timeline
July 16, 1969
The First Moon Landing
NASA’s Apollo 11, the first manned mission to land on the moon, is launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The successful mission, commanded by Neil Armstrong, inspires a new generation of scientists and engineers.
August 24, 1992
Hurricane Andrew hits Florida
Category 5 Hurricane Andrew makes landfall in Florida, causing widespread destruction and leaving thousands of residents homeless.
March 5, 2012
New Era for Baseball in Miami
Marlins Park opens, marking a new era for baseball in Miami, Florida. This state-of-the-art stadium becomes the home of the Miami Marlins professional baseball team.
September 10, 2017
Hurricane Irma strikes
Category 4 storm, Hurricane Irma, makes hits Florida and causes widespread damage, leaving thousands without power.
October 1, 2021
50 Years of Disney Magic
Disney World in Florida celebrates its 50th anniversary, marking half a century of bringing joy and entertainment to visitors from all over the world. The park continues to be one of Florida’s biggest tourist attractions.
How to Celebrate National Florida Day
Though it’s celebrated annually every January 25th, National Florida Day is not recognized as an official holiday. Fans of the day usually plan activities or events to celebrate Florida’s unique characteristics, or participate in the events and activities that are already established in the state.
Here are some ideas for how to get started celebrating National Florida Day:
Visit a Florida State Park
Florida has 175 state parks which offer a diverse range of activities, from hiking and bird watching to kayaking and snorkeling. Some popular state parks include Everglades National Park, where you can take an airboat tour to see alligators and other wildlife, and Dry Tortugas National Park, which is home to historic Fort Jefferson and crystal-clear waters for snorkeling.
Try Florida’s Local Cuisines
Florida is a melting pot of cultures, and its cuisine reflects that. From classic seafood dishes, like key lime pie and stone crab, to Cuban and Caribbean specialties, like ropa vieja and jerk chicken. And don’t forget to wash it all down with a fresh squeezed orange juice, or—a Floridian favorite—Cuban coffee.
Attend a Festival or Event
Florida is home to a wide variety of festivals and events, such as music festivals, like Ultra Music Festival, art festivals, like Art Basel Miami, and food festivals, like the annual Food and Wine Festival at Epcot.
Explore Florida’s Beaches
Florida is famous for its beaches, and there are plenty of great ones to choose from. From the famous South Beach in Miami to the quieter shores of the Gulf Coast like Siesta Key, Clearwater Beach and Sanibel Island. Whether you want to spend your day lounging in the sun, surfing, or swimming, Florida has a beach for you.