National Florida Day on January 25 recognizes the 27th state to join the United States.

The Sunshine State is home to the oldest established city in the country.  With over 400 years of history, St. Augustine’s streets and colonial architecture have stories to tell. Founded by Spanish explorers in 1565, visit the city and walk in the same footsteps as 16th-century bishops, ponder the escapades of pirates and the whereabouts of lost gold and learn about the lives of European settlers.

East and West Florida became the 14th and 15th British Colonies after the end of the French and Indian War in 1763. However, in 1783, after the end of the American Revolutionary War, The Treaty of Paris returned Florida to Spain.

The present-day borders of Florida were absorbed through two transactions: The Louisianna Purchase in 1803 brought East Florida with it (but not without dispute from the French) and through a U.S. intervention in an uprising in West Florida in 1812 causing West Florida to join the Mississippi Territory.

With an average high temperature of 79.5°F, it should be no surprise that Floridian John Gorrie brought refrigeration and air conditioning to the world in 1851.

Add to that, more than half the year with partly cloudy to sunny days, the invention of sunblock would be a necessity, too. Hungary born pharmacist, Benjamin Green, invented a sunscreen in 1944 which later became a tanning lotion known as Coppertone.

Coppertone
Have fun in the sun without burning up your beach time.


Launching astronauts into space, Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center in Brevard Country, is a fun and unique visit. While Disney, Universal, and others have rides, themes, and shows. This place makes both history and the future a tangible experience. We just happened to be there on a day they launched a new satellite!

Nasa Kennedy space center cape Canaveral

Cape Canaveral and the home of the Kennedy Space Center in Brevard County has come a long way from its first launch in 1950. From Appollo missions to Hubble Telescopes and Mars Rovers, Cape Canaveral continues missions well into the future. Missions include commercial ventures including SpaceX launches.

Florida offers more than enough to do and see.  From man-made worlds and relaxing beaches to long, colorful and intricate history, the Sunshine State’s open spaces and sunny faces require more than one visit.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Join National Day Calendar as we dig into Florida’s sunny beaches and rich history. Seek buried treasures and explore all Florida’s fascinating culture! Look to the past or look to the future and use #NationalFloridaDay to share on social media.

In 2017, National Day Calendar began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union starting the week of Independence Day and ending with Hawaii. We highlight a small part of each states’ history, foods and the people who make up the state. There’s so much more to explore!

Florida is also home of the oldest noncontinuous settlement in America. The City of five flags know as Pensacola is actually older than St Augustine. The original settlement was wiped out by a hurricane. So St Augustine claims the oldest continuous city.

In Florida or not most of us are experiencing cold weather so why not indulge yourself and pay tribute to Irish Coffee Day.

Pensacola has a long Naval Tradition and is The Cradle of Naval Aviation. Every year both resident and visiting pilots, take training at one of our local bases. While NAS Pensacola is home to The Famous Blue Angels Squadron that Flew over The White House recently, we made national news for a tragic event just a short time ago.

We had an active shooter who infiltrated and murdered students at the flight school here. While we deeply morn those lost in this tragedy, we are grateful to the brave who helped our sheriff’s officers put an early end to this shooter. Before more could be harmed these warriors risked life and injury to subdue the shooter. Since this event the bases have gone to restricted access to keep others and the community safe.

For more information about us ask a local. Here are some of my picks, and I haven’t even come close to listing them all.

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For a complete list of Florida State and National Parks & Historic Sites visit www.floridastateparks.org and www.nps.gov.  Check out a few of the featured sites around the state below.

T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park – St. Joseph Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center – Mayo Manatee Springs State Park – Chiefland Colt Creek State Park – Lakeland Highlands Hammock State Park – Sebring Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park – Okeechobee Don Pedro Island State Park – Cape Haze Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park – Naples Hugh Taylor Birch State Park – Ft. Lauderdale Big Cypress National Preserve – Ochopee Canaveral National Seashore – Titusville & New Smyrna Beach Everglades National Park – Miami, Naples & Homestead MUSEUMS Salvador Dali Museum – St. Petersburg Museum of Florida History – Tallahassee John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art – Sarasota Castillo de San Marcos – St. Augustine Bok Tower Gardens – Lake Wales Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse – Ponce Inlet Villa Vizcaya – Miami

James Weldon Johnson - Author - (June 17, 1871 - June 16, 1938)
James Weldon Johnson – Author – (June 17, 1871 – June 16, 1938)


A civil rights activist and composer, James Weldon Johnson became United States consul to Puerto Cabello in Venezuela under President Theodore Roosevelt. He is also noted for composing the song Lift Every Voice and Sing.

A. Philip Randolph - Political Leader - (April 15, 1889 - May 16, 1979)
A. Philip Randolph – Political Leader – (April 15, 1889 – May 16, 1979)


Augusta Savage - Sculptor - (February 29, 1892 - March 27, 1962)
Augusta Savage – Sculptor – (February 29, 1892 – March 27, 1962)


Lillian Smith - Author - (December 12, 1897 - September 28, 1966)
Lillian Smith – Author – (December 12, 1897 – September 28, 1966)


Jacqueline Cochran - Aviator - (May 11, 1906 - August 9, 1980)
Jacqueline Cochran – Aviator – (May 11, 1906 – August 9, 1980)


George Smoot -Astrophysicist - (February 20, 1945)
George Smoot -Astrophysicist – (February 20, 1945)


Joseph Kittinger - Aviator - ( July 27, 1928 - )
Joseph Kittinger – Aviator – ( July 27, 1928 – )


Janet Reno - Attorney General - (July 21, 1938 - November 7, 2016)
Janet Reno – Attorney General – (July 21, 1938 – November 7, 2016)


Tom Petty - Musician - (October 20, 1950 - October 2, 2017)
Tom Petty – Musician – (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017)


Betty Mae Tiger Jumper - Seminole Chief - (April 27, 1923 - January 14, 2011)
Betty Mae Tiger Jumper – Seminole Chief – (April 27, 1923 – January 14, 2011)

Sidney Poitier - Actor - (February 20, 1927 -)
Sidney Poitier – Actor – (February 20, 1927 -)