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38th Annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration

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04/17/2020 - 9:30am to 04/26/2020 - 7:00pm

Celebrate Key West's History of Independence

Conch Republic Independence Celebration is a multi-day festival that remembers Key West's brief secession from the United States, and a testament to the uniqueness and independent nature of the people that call Key West Home. 

Historic Key West Celebrations Conch Republic Independence

2020 Conch Republic Independence Celebration Schedule:

Fri., April 17

  • 9:30 - 11 a.m. - Opening Breakfast of Champions at Two Friends (512 Front St.)
  • 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Raising of the Conch Republic Colors at Mallory Square (400 Wall St.)
  • 7 - 9 p.m. - Kick Off Party at Schooner Wharf Bar (202 William St.)

Sat., April 18

  • 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. - 3rd Annual "Get Bloody Before the Battle" Higg's Beach Cleanup (1000 Atlantic Blvd.)
  • 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. - 3rd Annual Conch Republic Beachcomber Hat Contest (1000 Atlantic Ave.)
  • 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Conch Crawl, Rum Salute, Bar & Distillery Stroll (105 Simponton St.)
  • 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Conch Republic Art & Craft Fair on Duval Street 
  • 3 - 5 p.m. - The Great Conch Republic Drag Races on Duval
  • 6 - 9 p.m. - The Royal Family Election & Investiture Party (1400 Duval St.)
  • 6 - 8:30 p.m. - Tall Ship Sunset Cruise Aboard Schooner Wolf (Key West Historic Seaport) $65: Adults // $30: Kids ages 12 and under.
  • 8 p.m. - Conch Republic Runway Competition (700 Duval St.)

Sun., April 19

  • 4 - 6 p.m. - World Premier of John Biffar's "CUBA re-framed" (516 Duval St.)
  • 7 - 11 p.m. - Conch Republics Music Party with Sir CW Colt & Friends + "CUBA re-framed" After Party (4 Charles St.)

Mon., April 20

  • 2 - 6 p.m. - Conch Republic Dog Fest "Best Dressed Pet & Owner Challenge (409 Caroline St.)
  • 8 - 11 p.m. - 420 After Burner Party (512 Greene St.)
  • 8 p.m. - Drunkin' Spelling Bee (420 Applerouth Lane)

Tues. April 21

  • 6 - 8 p.m. - Conch Republic Hash House Harriers Fun Walk/Run (526 Angela St.) Cost: $10
  • 6 - 8 p.m. - Conch Republic Military Muster & Conch-tail Party (526 Angela St.)
  • 9 - 10 p.m. - "Great Battle of the Conch Republic" Re-enactment Captains' Meeting (202 William St.)

Wed., April 22

  • 7 - 11 p.m. - Hot Havana Night Party of the Year (231 Margaret St.) Tickets starting at $25. Visit KeysTix.com

Thurs., April 23

  • 5 - 7:30 p.m. - CRIC 2020 Swag & Military Command Center (Duval & South St.)
  • 6 p.m. - CR Independence Day Ceremony & Flag Raising (1400 Duval St.)
  • 6 - 7:30 p.m. 3rd Annual "World's Longest Parade" Pre-Party (1400 Duval St.)
  • 7 p.m. - 8th Annual "The Duval St. Mile" running race (1400 Duval St.) Cost: $25 
  • 8 p.m. - The Conch Republic's "World's Longest Parade" (Duval St.)
  • 9 p.m. - late - "World's Longest Parade" After Party

Fri., April 24

  • 6 - 8 p.m. - "Great Battle of the Conch Republic" Non-Combat Shore Party (Mallory Square)
  • 7 p.m. - CR Naval Parade in Key West Harbor (Mallory Square)
  • 7:10 p.m. - Great Sea Battle of the Conch Republic (Key West Harbor)
  • 9 p.m. - Great Sea Battle Surrender Ceremony & Victory Party (202 William St.)

Sat., April 25

  • 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Conch Crawl II, Rum Salute, Bar & Distillery Stroll (105 Simonton St.) Cost: $30 Advanced // $35 at Door.
  • 3 - 8 p.m. - Community Unity Concert at Truman Waterfront Park
  • 6 - 8:30 p.m. - Tall Ship Sunset Cruise Aboard CR Flagship Wolf at Safe Harbor Marina (6810 Front St.) Cost: $65 Adults // $30 ages 12 and under. 
  • 6 p.m. - Conch Republic Cup Captains' Meeting (202 William St.)
  • 7 p.m. - Wreckers Cup Race Series Captains' Meeting (202 William St.)
  • 7 p.m. - Pirate's Ball & Costume Contest (202 William St.)

Sun., April 26

  • 1 - 4 p.m. - Wreckers Race Series Cup Race to Sand Key Lighthouse (Mallory Square)
  • 1 p.m. - Conch Republic Cup Race to Cuba Start Time
  • 7 p.m. - Wreckers Race Series Cup "After Party" (202 William St.) 

Mark Your Calendars for Next Year's Celebrations!

  • April 16-25, 2021
  • April 15-24, 2022
  • April 21-30, 2023
  • April 19-28, 2024
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