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Pascua Florida Day in United States

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Pascua Florida Day, which usually falls on April 2, is a state day in Florida, USA.

Local names

NameLanguage
Pascua Florida DayEnglish
Día de la Pascua FloridaSpanish
יום פלורידה PascuaHebrew
باسكوا يوم فلوريداArabic
Pascua 플로리다 주Korean
Pascua Florida DayGerman

Pascua Florida Day 2014

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Pascua Florida Day 2015

Thursday, April 2, 2015
List of dates for other years

Pascua Florida Day is celebrated as a state day in Florida, the United States (USA). It usually falls on April 2. It is the anniversary of the discovery of Florida in 1513 by Juan Ponce de León, who searched for gold and the Fountain of Youth. He named the land "Pascua Florida" probably because the date was near Easter.

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Pascua Florida Day is Florida's state day.

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What do people do?

Although it is not widely publicized, Pascua Florida Day is Florida’s state day, celebrated on April 2. The week commemorates the sighting of Florida by Spanish explorer Ponce de León.

Public life

Pascua Florida Day is designated as a state day. When it falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the governor may declare either the preceding Friday or following Monday as the state day. According to the 2007 Florida Senate Statutes, the Governor of Florida may annually issue a proclamation designating April 2 as the state day and designating the week of March 27 to April 2 as "Pascua Florida Week" and calling upon public schools and citizens of Florida to observe the same as a patriotic occasion.

No transport schedule changes have been announced by major bus companies, such as Greyhound Lines, and train lines, such as Amtrak. According to the Florida Department of Education, Pascua Florida Day is not a school holiday.

Background

Florida was named for the day on which it was discovered by Spanish explorer Ponce de León, who called it La Florida in honor of Pascua Florida, the Spanish Feast of the Flowers at Easter time. While there are no official records, historians believe that Ponce de León was born in 1460 in San Tervas de Campos, Spain.

Ponce de León accompanied Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the New World. He became the first Governor of Puerto Rico by appointment of the Spanish Crown. He is also notable for his voyage to Florida, the first known European excursion there, as well as for being associated with the legend of the Fountain of Youth which is said to be in Florida.

With two vessels, 200 men, 50 horses and other domestic animals, and farm implements, he sailed for Florida. Upon landing on the west coast, his party was fiercely attacked by Native Americans, and he was severely wounded by an arrow. The expedition sailed immediately for Cuba, where Ponce de León died.

Pascua Florida Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
MonApr 21990Pascua Florida DayLocal observanceFlorida
TueApr 21991Pascua Florida DayLocal observanceFlorida
ThuApr 21992Pascua Florida DayLocal observanceFlorida
FriApr 21993Pascua Florida DayLocal observanceFlorida
FriApr 11994Pascua Florida Day observedLocal observanceFlorida
SatApr 21994Pascua Florida DayLocal observanceFlorida
SunApr 21995Pascua Florida DayLocal observanceFlorida
MonApr 31995Pascua Florida Day observedLocal observanceFlorida
TueApr 21996Pascua Florida DayLocal observanceFlorida
WedApr 21997Pascua Florida DayLocal observanceFlorida
ThuApr 21998Pascua Florida DayLocal observanceFlorida
FriApr 21999Pascua Florida DayLocal observanceFlorida
SunApr 22000Pascua Florida DayLocal observanceFlorida
MonApr 32000Pascua Florida Day observedLocal observanceFlorida
MonApr 22001Pascua Florida DayLocal observanceFlorida
TueApr 22002Pascua Florida DayLocal observanceFlorida
WedApr 22003Pascua Florida DayLocal observanceFlorida
FriApr 22004Pascua Florida DayLocal observanceFlorida
FriApr 12005Pascua Florida Day observedLocal observanceFlorida
SatApr 22005Pascua Florida DayLocal observanceFlorida
SunApr 22006Pascua Florida DayLocal observanceFlorida
MonApr 32006Pascua Florida Day observedLocal observanceFlorida
MonApr 22007Pascua Florida DayLocal observanceFlorida
WedApr 22008Pascua Florida DayLocal observanceFlorida
ThuApr 22009Pascua Florida DayLocal observanceFlorida
FriApr 22010Pascua Florida DayLocal observanceFlorida
FriApr 12011Pascua Florida Day observedLocal observanceFlorida
SatApr 22011Pascua Florida DayLocal observanceFlorida
MonApr 22012Pascua Florida DayLocal observanceFlorida
TueApr 22013Pascua Florida DayLocal observanceFlorida
WedApr 22014Pascua Florida DayLocal observanceFlorida
ThuApr 22015Pascua Florida DayLocal observanceFlorida
FriApr 12016Pascua Florida Day observedLocal observanceFlorida
SatApr 22016Pascua Florida DayLocal observanceFlorida
SunApr 22017Pascua Florida DayLocal observanceFlorida
MonApr 32017Pascua Florida Day observedLocal observanceFlorida
MonApr 22018Pascua Florida DayLocal observanceFlorida
TueApr 22019Pascua Florida DayLocal observanceFlorida
ThuApr 22020Pascua Florida DayLocal observanceFlorida

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