Florida Keys' Conch Republic to Celebrate 40th 'Birthday' April 15-24

The Conch Republic is a unique place with a rich history. This year, the republic is celebrating its 40th anniversary. There are a variety of events taking place throughout the 10-day celebration, ranging from a drag race to a sea skirmish.

The Conch Republic was established in 1982 in response to a U.S. Border Patrol blockade that stopped traffic on the only road connecting the Keys and mainland Florida. In protest, local officials proclaimed the island chain the independent Conch Republic. They then declared “war” on the United States, carried it out by pelting an unsuspecting U.S. Naval officer with stale Cuban bread, and immediately surrendered.

Today, the Conch Republic is a thriving place with a passionate citizenry. The 40th anniversary celebration is a chance for everyone to come together and celebrate the unique history and culture of the republic. There is something for everyone during the 10-day celebration, so be sure to check out the schedule and join in the fun!

Event information and complete schedule: conchrepublic.com