LOCATION: National Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche at Mission Nombre de Dios

The 458th Anniversary Founder's Day Celebration

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  • 101 San Marco Avenue
  • St. Augustine, FL 32084
  • Phone: 904-824-2809
  • Admission: FREE
September 9, 2023

Join the annual commemoration of the founding of the city of St. Augustine. On September 8, 1565, Spanish Admiral Pedro Menendez and his fleet made landfall and were greeted by the indigenous Timucuan tribes. At 10 a.m. there will be a historical reenactment of the 1565 landing at Mission Nombre de Dios, followed by a celebration of Catholic Mass at the outdoor rustic altar. Admission is free. At noon, guests to the Fountain of Youth Park are able to witness a reenactment of the first Thanksgiving meal. The Fountain of Youth is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular admission and St. Johns County resident prices are applicable. 904-824-2809. Mission Nombre de Dios, 27 Ocean Ave.; Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, 11 Magnolia Ave., St. Augustine. www.missionandshrine.org