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Florida Joins the USA, 1821 Commemoration Event
July 8 @ 3:00 pm - July 11 @ 12:00 pm
July 10th 2021 marks the 200th Anniversary of Florida becoming a United States Territory. To commemorate this occasion, The Historic Florida Militia along with its partners, the City of St. Augustine, the University of Florida and the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park will present a weekend long event. Starting on Friday, July 9th and continuing through Saturday, July 10th, there will be a 19th Century Historical encampment at the Fountain of Youth. There will be free entrance from 9 am – 5 pm to the encampment from Myrtle Ave. The Change of Authority commemoration will be commence on July 10th, at 11:00 am at the Governor’s House Museum. Visitors will witness the signing of documents and Keys to the City will be exchanged. The entire group of military, dignitaries and townspeople dressed as they would have been in 1821, will proceed to the “Change of Flags” ceremony which will include cannon and musket firing. (Location to be determined)
(Encampment set up will be on Thursday, July 9th after 12 noon and take down will be on Sunday, July 11th before 12 noon.)
For Rangers and Distaff, this is an 1820’s event, with clothes more typical to the Alafia River Rendezvous or Fort Foster Rendezvous. No breeches, tricorns, or long waistcoats. EFR will be participating as pioneers of the time period that would have been recently settled in Florida. Tents are typical canvas. Plan on doing educational demonstrations for the visitors to the Fountain of Youth. You can read up on the historical details by clicking Florida Territory – Wikipedia.
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East Florida Rangers Participants can register by clicking on the link below.