Conch Republic Independence Celebration - 37th Annual - 2020 | Key West Events

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The 2020 Conch Republic Independence Celebration has been canceled.

Key West's Conch Republic Independence Celebration is a fun annual event that honors our eccentric community with 10 days of fun races and parties. Every April, people come from all over to celebrate the independence of Key West and the entire Florida Keys.

The History of the Conch Republic

The Conch Republic was formed in response to actions by the US Border Patrol and the main goal of the Conch Republic is to bring Humor, Warmth, and Respect to the world. The motto is, "We Seceded Where Others Failed!" On April 23rd, every year, people gather to honor the 1982 formation of the Conch Republic.

Conch Republic Independence Celebration - 2020 Schedule:

Please note that the schedule may change as we get closer to the event.


  • 4/17: Raising of the Conch Republic Colors - 11:30 - 1 pm - Mallory Square. Official 2020 Kick-Off Party and Conch Shell Blowing Contest - 7pm - Schooner Wharf
  • 4/18: The Great Conch Republic Drag Races on Duval 3 - 5 pm Royal Family Elections & Investiture Party - 6pm - Southernmost House Hotel
  • 4/19: World Premier - John Biffar's "CUBA re-framed"
  • 4/20: Conch Republic Dog Fest, 420 After Burner Party, Drunkin' Spelling Bee
  • 4/21: Conch Republic Hash House Harriers Fun Walk. Conch Republic Military Muster & Conch Tail Party.
  • 4/22: Hot Havana Night Party of the Year. HOT! HOT! HOT!
  • 4/23: Conch Republic Independence Day Ceremony & Flag Raising - 6 pm. Conch Republic "World's Looooooongest Parade" 
  • 4/24: "Great Battle of the Conch Republic" Non-Combat Shore Party
  • 4/25: Conch Crawl II. Tall Ship Sunset Cruise. Pirate's Ball & Custome Contest.
  • 4/26: Wreckers Race Series Cup Race to Sand Key Lighthouse. Conch Republic Cup Race to Cuba - 1pm.

Future Dates for the Conch Republic Independence Celebration

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

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