Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas National Park Centennial Celebrations

The National Park Service this year celebrates its 100th anniversary.

July 20, 2016
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The U.S has over 400 national parks; a remarkable representation of America’s natural and historical legacy. And no national parks are more historic than the Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas in St. Augustine.

The Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas were designated national monuments in 1924. In addition to visiting these national monuments, you can celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Parks by taking part in any of a series of exhibits and scheduled events.

Through September 5

America’s Parks ExhibitionPresented by the St. Johns Cultural Council, this exhibition portrays the wondrous beauty of America’s diverse landscapes. It also includes juried works of the Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas from the Find Your Park Plein Air event held during National Park Week in April. This exhibition is free and displayed on the Lightner Museum’s mezzanine level, overlooking the historic pool area. Please enter through Café Alcazar entrance. The museum’s hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily with the last admission at 4:30 p.m. 75 King Street, St. Augustine. 904-808-7330 http://stjohnsculture.com

August 19 and September 16

Centennial Evenings at Castillo de San MarcosTo commemorate the National Park Service Centennial and provide more opportunities to “Find Your Park,” the Castillo de San Marcos will have extended hours August 19 and September 16. Visit the Castillo from 5-7 p.m. to informally explore the history and importance of this fortress. Admission into the Castillo de San Marcos is $10 per adult; children ages 15 and younger are free. 1 S. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine 904-829-6506 www.nps.gov/casa

August 25-28

Happy Birthday National Park Service!Celebrate the 100th Birthday of the National Park Service with a visit to the Castillo de San Marcos. Admission is free to the Castillo de San Marcos in recognition of the National Park Service Centennial. 1 S. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine 904-829-6506 www.nps.gov/casa

August 25 – 28 and September 2 - 4

Corazon Cinema and Cafe National Park Films To celebrate the National Parks Centennial, the Corazon Cinema and Cafe in historic downtown St. Augustine has several screenings of National Park films. The films will be shown August 25 – 28 and September 2-4 daily at 11:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m., and 4 p.m. Admission is free. Films include:The National Parks - Americas Best Idea; a Ken Burns Film; Florentine Films and WETA Washington, D.C.Yosemite; Backcountry Pictures and Greystone CommunicationsFrederick Law Olmsted: Designing America; WNED/TV Buffalo and TorontoThe Big Cypress; Live Oak Production Group IncGrand Teton National Park; Life on the Edge; Discovery Communications**Each film screening will last approximately 1 and 1/2 hours.The Corazon Theatre and Cafe is located at 36 Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-679-5736 www.corazoncinemaandcafe.com

August 27

Centennial of the National Park Service Performances In commemoration of the Centennial of the National Park Service, the St. Augustine Youth Choir will perform the NPS Centennial Song, Children’s Earth Anthem and other patriotic songs within the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument on Saturday. Performances are approximately 20 minutes long and will start at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. 1 S. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine 904-829-6506 www.nps.gov/casa

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