Join Us to Celebrate St. Augustine’s 453rd Birthday, with our annual Founder’s Day Commemoration
Join us on Founder’s Day to partake in a city-wide celebration of St. Augustine’s 453rd birthday! There will be plenty of things to do such as historical re-enactments, a ceremony featuring Florida, a holy mass, a meet and greet with the Militia’s Men of Menendez, and a Thanksgiving Feast! Additionally, parking is free at the Fountain of Youth on this day. Regular admission fees apply.
Schedule of Events
- Landing Ceremony.
- Historical Re-enactment and Landing
- A ceremony featuring the Historic FloridaMilitia’s Men of Menéndez
- A witness from the Mission Nombre Dios Grounds or Fountain of Youth Grounds
- Holy Mass Mass with Bishop Felipe J. Estévez as the main celebrant
- Meet & Greet Opportunity to meet and greet the Militia’s Men of Menéndez
- Grand Procession
- Historical Re-enactors
- Procession from Mission Nombre de Dios to the Fountain of Youth Park, located at 11 Magnolia Ave. (next door to Shrine)
- First Thanksgiving Meal
- Witness the First Thanksgiving meal at the Fountain of Youth grounds
Note: For the entire month of September, St. Johns County residents can enjoy the Fountain of Youth free of charge. Remember to bring your ID so they can verify your residency.