Pascua Florida Day

The state holiday of Florida is observed to commemorate the day it was discovered. This means that every April 1st – 3rd (depending on what day it falls on), many people celebrate Pascua Florida Day. It’s not widely publicized, but many shops, schools, and local attractions will close to observe the day. Let’s find out more.

What Is Pascua Florida Day?

The word “Pascua” means Easter in Spanish. Why is this significant? Well, it was Juan Ponce de León who discovered Florida in 1513 and named it Pascua Florida, as it was close to the day of Easter when it was discovered.

It was one of the first states to be explored by foreign visitors, and it was named “flowery land” after the Spanish feast of flowers celebrated at Easter. León was said to be looking for the Fountain of Youth, something that was not uncommon back in those days, but alas, it was never found.

Shortly after discovering the area, he was shot by an arrow by a Native American and died. Settlers in the area eventually emerged from Spain and France, then England. The rich land was the cause of much fighting. The day is only celebrated in Florida, and although there is nothing overly iconic in the way that it is celebrated, many people use it as a way of celebrating being from the state.

It is usually celebrated on April 2nd, as this is the day León first spotted Florida. However, this can be changed by the Governor of Florida to be close to the day if it falls on a weekend. It is possible for the week of Pascua Florida Day to be observed, with schools and citizens of Florida celebrating.

There is no information on when this day was declared a day of the year, but every state deserves its day in the sun, and there is plenty of it in Florida.

How To Observe Pascua Florida Day

Anyone from the area will know exactly how to celebrate – by doing all things Florida style. Hitting the beach or having a hurricane party. They say a typical Floridian may wear flip-flops all year round, so this could be one small way to observe it from afar.

We like to think that April 2nd can be a good chance to educate oneself on the history of Florida. Starting with Juan Ponce de León is always going to be interesting. Be sure to use the hashtag #PascuaFloridaDay to see what other people are doing to celebrate.

This may provide some insight into what can be done to make it a memorable time. Also, share your own way of getting involved for others to see. This might not be the sort of event that sees a carnival-style atmosphere around town, but it can be important for proud Floridians to celebrate it with friends.

When Juan Ponce de León first caught sight of Florida over 500 years ago, little did he know that he would be discovering something that would have such importance to so many.

Where is it celebrated?
United States (Local observance) - Florida
When is it?
This year (2024)
April 2 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
April 2 Wednesday
Last year (2023)