At sunrise on July 17, the Santa Rosa Creek Tribe will offer a blessing of this important day in Florida’s history downtown in Museum Plaza. It is a gracious and poignant reminder that today, we gather in respect for all people and to honor those who came before us. All are welcome to attend; however, filming, recording and photography is not allowed. Later that morning, a formal program will take place in Museum Plaza (Historic Pensacola Village), exactly 200 years after the exchange of Spanish and American flags.
The UWF Symphonic Band will play The Star-Spangled Banner and provide a medley of Spanish, British, French and American music. Hispanic musicians will drift through the Village and, just as they did 200 years ago, performers of African descent will dance in the plazas. Spanish and English military reenactors will mingle with the audience and Historic Pensacola Village will be open to the public at no charge. Additional programs and performances taking place throughout the Village can be found above under the West Florida Days Living History Weekend event. Programing is structured to reflect our community’s rich and diverse heritage and the collective influences that make our community what it is today.