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Conch Republic Independence Celebration

From 18 Fri Apr 2014 to 27 Sun Apr 2014 April 18, 2014 April 27, 2014 Tranquility Bay

Conch Republic Independence Celebration

With activities ranging from a “drag” race for female impersonators to an exuberant sea “battle” featuring tall ships, the Conch Republic’s 10-day birthday party is set for Friday, April 18, through Sunday, April 27.

Showcasing the republic’s eccentric spirit, the 32nd annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration commemorates the Florida Keys’ secession from the United States following a 1982 U.S. Border Patrol blockade that virtually stopped traffic on the only road from the mainland.

In protest, local officials staged the secession. After announcing the Conch Republic’s birth, they declared “war” on the mother country, pelted federal agents with stale Cuban bread, surrendered after 60 seconds and demanded $1 billion in foreign aid.

Today patriots throughout the Keys fly the royal-blue flag of the republic, whose motto is “We Seceded Where Others Failed,” and celebrate the secession’s anniversary each year with a lively series of events.

Event information and schedule: www.conchrepublic.com