• Cannon firing on the gundeck of the Castillo de San Marcos

    Castillo De San Marcos

    National Monument Florida

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St. Augustine 450th Commemoration Commission

Aerial viw of the Castillo de San Marcos and downtown St Augustine.

The Castillo de San Marcos and downtown St. Augustine

In 2015, St. Augustine, Florida will be celebrating the 450th anniversary of its founding by Don Pedro Menendez in 1565. To ensure that this significant event "provides a lasting legacy and long-term public benefit", Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar established the 450th Commemeration Commission in June of 2010.

On this page you will find information on the Commission's efforts and their milestones in preparing for St. Augustine's celebration.




 
Statue of a lion at Bridge of Lions in St Augustine, Florida

Lions stand guard at the Bridge of Lions in St Augustine

Photo by Mary Sims

The St. Augustine 450th Commemoration Commission is interested in hearing any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have.

Please use this e-mail form to contact us.




 
Palm trees at dawn on Matanzas Bay

Palm trees at dawn on Matanzas Bay in St Augustine, Florida

Photo by Mary Sims

Please click the links below for information on the Commission and its members:

Commission's Announcement

Commission's Senate Approval

Commission's Legislation

Commission's Charter

Commission's Biographies

Did You Know?

The watchtowers of the Castillo de San Marcos stand sentinel over the town of St. Augustine

Fort Marion (aka Castillo de San Marcos) was designated as a National Monument by President Calvin Coolidge on October 15, 1924. The same stroke of the pen created four other National Monuments including the Statue of Liberty. Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, Florida