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National Florida Day

Celebrate National Florida Day with a virtual trip to the Sunshine State - explore its stunning landscapes, amazing wildlife, and delicious cuisine!
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January 25 is a special day - it's National Florida Day! Celebrate the sunshine state and all its beauty by spending the day exploring, enjoying outdoor activities or learning more about Florida's rich history. The Sunshine State became a part of the United States on January 25, 1845 when President John Tyler signed into law an act that allowed for its admittance as the 27th state to join our Union. So let's celebrate this momentous occasion with some fun in (or out) of sunny Florida!

History of National Florida Day

National Florida Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1513</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Florida Discovered</div><div class='timeline-text'>Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León discovered Florida during an expedition for the Fountain of Youth.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1821</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>US Acquisition of Florida</div><div class='timeline-text'>Spain ceded Florida to the United States in accordance with the Adams-Onís Treaty.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1845</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Florida Statehood</div><div class='timeline-text'>Florida was admitted as the 27th state of the United States on March 3, 1845.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1946</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Post-War Population Boom</div><div class='timeline-text'>After World War II, Florida experienced a population boom due to its climate and newly built air conditioner technology.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1971</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Opening of Disney World</div><div class='timeline-text'>Walt Disney World Resort opened near Orlando, boosting Florida's tourism industry.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2018</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Inaugural National Florida Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The inaugural National Florida Day is recognized and celebrated on January 25, 2018.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Florida Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Tour Florida</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take a road trip around the state and explore the different cities of Florida. Visit the beaches, the parks, and the attractions to get a feel for what makes Florida so special.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Plan a picnic</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather your friends and family and plan a picnic in your local park or beach. Pack your favorite Florida snacks and drinks, bring a beach ball, and enjoy the sunshine.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit an animal sanctuary</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Florida is home to some of the world’s most beautiful wildlife, so why not take a trip to one of the many animal sanctuaries around the state? Get up close and personal with some amazing animals, from manatees to flamingos.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go fishing</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Head out on a fishing trip in one of Florida's many lakes or rivers. Whether you’re after bass, trout, or tarpon, you’ll have plenty of chances to catch some fish.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Take a paddleboard tour</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Paddleboard through Florida's many rivers and bays for an amazing view of the natural beauty of this unique state. You’ll get to see birds, manatees, and other wildlife as you paddle along.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Florida Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Immersive Natural Beauty</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Florida is home to some of the most stunning natural beauty in the country. From the gorgeous white sand beaches and lush forests to crystal clear springs and rivers, Florida's culture is rooted in its diverse geography. And with endless possibilities for outdoor activities, there's something for everyone!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Unique Culture</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Florida has a unique culture influenced by its history as well as its vast range of cultures: from Cuban and Caribbean influences in South Florida to Seminole and other Native American influences in Central Florida. And the state's renowned music scenes celebrates every genre from jazz to reggae!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>World-Class Attractions</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The diversity of attractions makes Florida a great place to explore. Whether it's enjoying some of the world’s best theme parks or relaxing on one of its beautiful beaches, there is never a lack of things to do here. Additionally, many popular festivals occur throughout the year, offering something for everyone!</p></div></div>

5 Facts About the State of Florida

National Florida Day FAQs

When is National Florida Day?

National Florida Day is celebrated on January 25 every year. In 2024 National Florida Day will occur on a Thursday.

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