454th Anniversary of Saint Augustine

September 07, 2019
San Augustine, FL
Founder's Day landing during St. Augustine 450th Anniversary Celebrations in 2015.

St. Augustine is 454 years old this year, and will celebrate the original September 8, 1565, landing by the Spanish with its annual Founder's Day Commemoration on Saturday, September 7, 2019.

The anniversary of the founding of the city by Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés will take place at the Mission Nombre de Dios and the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, with activities from 10 am until 5 pm.


The Landing takes place at 10 am at the Mission Nombre de Dios.

At 1 pm, the Menéndez entourage will move to the Fountain of Youth in the Grand Procession, and at 1:30 pm there will be a First Thanksgiving Meal reenactment.

A re-created encampment and living history demonstrations will continue at the Fountain of Youth until 5 pm.


Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche at Mission Nombre de Dios
27 Ocean Avenue
St. Augustine FL - 32084

The Fountain of Youth
11 Magnolia Avenue
St. Augustine FL - 32084


The Landing and Procession are free. Regular admission rates apply to enter the Fountain of Youth ($15 for adults, $14 for seniors ages 60 and over, $9 for children ages 6-12, and free for toddlers 5 and under).

St. Augustine is the oldest continuously-occupied European settlement in the continental United States. Volunteers will reenact the landing of Menéndez and his crew at the original site of the founding of the "Noble and Loyal City" on September 8, 1565.

Ample, free parking is available at the Mission. Seating is limited, so guests are encouraged to bring folding chairs.