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.
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!
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.
State Capital – Tallahassee
State Nickname – The Sunshine State
State Motto – In God We Trust State Song – Old Folks at Home
State Bird – Mockingbird
State Reptile – American Alligator
State Flower – Orange Blossom
State Wildflower – Coreopsis
State Animal – Florida Panther
State Fish – Largemouth bass
State Beverage – Orange Juice
State Stone – Agatized coral
State Shell – Horse Conch
State Tree – Sabal Palm
State Song – Swanee River, Old Folks at Home
State Gemstone – Moonstone
State Butterfly – Zebra Longwing Butterfly
HOW TO OBSERVE
Join a local 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.
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.
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.
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)
A. Philip Randolph – Political Leader – (April 15, 1889 – May 16, 1979)
Augusta Savage – Sculptor – (February 29, 1892 – March 27, 1962)
Lillian Smith – Author – (December 12, 1897 – September 28, 1966)
Jacqueline Cochran – Aviator – (May 11, 1906 – August 9, 1980)
George Smoot -Astrophysicist – (February 20, 1945)
Joseph Kittinger – Aviator – ( July 27, 1928 – )
Janet Reno – Attorney General – (July 21, 1938 – November 7, 2016)
Tom Petty – Musician – (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017)
Betty Mae Tiger Jumper – Seminole Chief – (April 27, 1923 – January 14, 2011)
Sidney Poitier – Actor – (February 20, 1927 -)
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