34th Conch Republic Independence Celebration
April 22-30, 2016
The annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration commemorates the day the republic seceded from the United States to form a fifth-world nation recognized by international public law as “a sovereign state of mind.” The birth of the island nation, whose motto is We Seceded Where Others Failed, was prompted by a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint set up at the head of the Florida Keys so that agents could search cars for drugs and illegal aliens.
It virtually halted traffic on the only road into and out of the Florida Keys, angering residents and visitors alike. Realizing that the Keys were being treated as a foreign country, local officials protested by staging the secession. In the media frenzy that followed, the Border Patrol checkpoint was quietly removed — but not before the Conch Republic had captured the popular imagination.
The Conch Republic Independence Celebration will begin with a kickoff party at the Schooner Wharf Bar in Key West’s Historic Seaport. Food, fun, music and a traditional conch shell-blowing contest will be among the attractions.
It’s not too late to book your room for this great event!