Secretary of State Ken Detzner today announced a series of Viva Florida 500 summer events and activities highlighting Florida’s 500 year anniversary.
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Secretary of State Ken Detzner Announces Viva Florida 500 Summer Events
TALLAHASSEE –Secretary of State Ken Detzner today announced a series of Viva Florida 500 summer events and activities highlighting Florida’s 500 year anniversary. From discovering the culture and artistic traditions of The Seminole Tribe of Florida at the Museum of Florida History to celebrating Florida’s history with food, music and more at a festival, there are a wide variety of Viva Florida 500 events and family-friendly activities happening across the state this summer.
“Viva Florida 500 is a yearlong commemoration of 500 years of Florida history and cultural heritage,” said Secretary Detzner. “All summer long there are interesting, educational and entertaining ways to experience Florida’s unique anniversary and we encourage residents and visitors to get out and explore the history and heritage of our great state.”
Already in 2013, Floridians have commemorated their heritage with events and activities such as the Big Orange Drop in Miami on New Year’s Eve, an event renamed La Gran Naranja for the 500 year commemoration; Viva Florida 500 Week, which consisted of reenactments of Juan Ponce de León’s landing on Florida’s east coast in April of 1513; and the launch of the La Florida United States Postal Service Forever stamp. Many more events and activities are scheduled this summer such as the 16th century Spanish galleon replica touring Florida’s east coast on its Viva Florida 500 Voyage.
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