National Florida Day is celebrated on January 25 every year. The day was established to recognize Florida’s arrival as the 27th state in the union of the U.S. Also known as the Sunshine State, Florida is famous for its warm and sunny weather and beautiful landscape. The average Florida temperature ranges from 65 to 70 degrees in the northern region and 74 to 77 degrees in the southern region. The climate makes swimming in the cool waters of Florida beaches extra refreshing! Florida also has amusement parks and many recreational outdoor activities. It’s an active and serene place to be.
History of National Florida Day
About 14,000 years ago, the first inhabitants to live in the peninsula that we now know to be part of the U.S. were the Native Americans. The archeological evidence and many artifacts the Native Americans left behind established this fact. In 1513, the Spanish explorer, Juan Ponce de León, arrived in Florida and made textual records. He called the peninsula ‘La Pascua Florida’ from which the state’s name was derived. The name ‘Pascua Florida,’ which means “Festival of Flowers” in Spanish, was given because of the region’s vast and flourishing landscape.
The first region where the Europeans settled in the United States was Florida. During the 16th century, the area was populated with French and Spanish settlements as well. Florida was also under the colonial rule of Spain from the 16th to the 19th century. The 19th century also witnessed the coming together of various communities. Florida became a refuge for African slaves, fugitives, and the Native American people. The new Native American groups from the South banded with fugitive slaves and became a group known as the Black Seminoles. The Seminoles were Native American people who moved to or lived in the state.
Florida was also under the rule of Great Britain during the 18th century, and after its independence, it became a territory of the United States in 1821. Finally, in 1845, Florida was admitted to the union as the 27th U.S. state. We celebrate this day every year to remember its history and honor the various struggles it endured.
National Florida Day timeline
The first inhabitants to live in the peninsula are the Native Americans.
Juan Ponce de León arrives in Florida and names the peninsula ‘La Pascua Florida.’
The state is under the colonial rule of Spain from the 16th to 19th century.
The state becomes a territory of the U.S.
National Florida Day FAQs
Is National Florida Day a holiday?
National Florida Day is not a public holiday, and schools, banks, and government offices function on this day. It’s just a super fun day for us to celebrate the Sunshine State!
What are the other national days on January 25?
On January 25, we also celebrate National Opposite Day, National Big Wig Day, National Florida Day, and National Irish Coffee Day.
Where is Florida City in the United States?
Florida City is a city in Miami-Dade County, Florida State, United States. It is located in the South Florida area.
How To Celebrate National Florida Day
Plan a vacay!
What better way to celebrate this day than to go to Florida? It’s a beautiful state with so much to do.
Visit a bookstore
If you like reading, visit your nearest bookstore and pick up a book about Florida. Read about its history, landscape, a fictional story based in the area, or even a travel book.
Take a quiz
If you think you know everything about the Sunshine State, then take a small trivia quiz. You can play against friends and family to see who gets the highest score.
5 Facts About Florida
It’s famous for its theme parks
Seven out of the 10 most visited theme parks are in Florida, including Walt Disney World.
Florida is a golfer’s dream
The state has the most number of golf courses (more than 1,300) out of all the states in America.
The flattest state in America
The state’s landscape is very flat, owing to its lack of hilly region and low altitudes.
Florida’s official reptile
The alligator was declared Florida’s official reptile in 1987, representing the state’s untamed beauty.
Florida loves its vitamin C
The state contributes to 75% of the orange production in America.
Why We Love National Florida Day
Revisiting the state’s history
This day reminds us to remember Florida’s history and how it came to be. It is important to be aware of the generations of people that lived in the state before us.
Recognizing its beauty
The day helps us celebrate the natural and man-made environment of the state, and it makes us aware of its rich beauty.
It helps with tourism
An increase in tourism always helps a state in various ways. The more people visit Florida, the more we can contribute to the state’s overall economy.
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