Conch Republic Independence Celebration 2024
When: April 19 - April 28, 2024
Where: Various Locations
The Conch Republic Independence Celebration 2024 marks its 42nd anniversary with a variety of events showcasing their unique heritage and vibrant culture. Celebrations begin on Friday, April 19th, with an opening ceremony at Mallory Square, including the raising of colors and a Conch Shell-Horn Salute, accompanied by live entertainment. This is followed by a kick-off party and a Conch Shell Blowing Contest at the Schooner Wharf Bar & Galley, the official party headquarters.
- Saturday, April 20th: The 40th Annual Conch Republic Art & Craft Street Fair offers a chance to purchase unique artworks from local artists.
- Thursday, April 25th: Features the Duval Street Mile Fun Run and the 'World's Looooongest Parade,' both celebrating the Republic's independence.
- Friday, April 26th: The 42nd Annual CR Independence Naval Parade showcases the Conch Republic's Naval Fleet, which leads into the humorous Reenactment of the Great Sea Battle of the Conch Republic.
The Conch Republic was established in 1982 as a tongue-in-cheek response to a U.S. Border Patrol blockade of the Florida Keys. Mayor Dennis Wardlow's declaration of secession was a symbolic act of protest, embodying the community's "Sovereign State Of Mind" and their spirit of independence. Today, these celebrations continue to foster a sense of unity and pride among the locals. For a full schedule of events, visit ConchRepublic.com.