About Key West's Bicentennial Celebration
In 1822, John Simonton purchased the island of Key West from Juan Pablo Salas. He, along with many other merchants, immediately settled the island. Following soon was Lt. Matthew C. Perry who planted the United States flag on the island on March 25, 1822, claiming it as American soil. This solidified Key West's special place in history and has given the island reason to commemorate its Bicentennial in 2022.
Join us as we celebrate our history, architecture, food, culture, art, industries, residents and so much more!
Get Involved In Key West's Bicentennial
A Full Year of Events & Programs
Find out how you can be a part of Key West
future by taking part in the time capsule that will be opened in 2072 for the 250th celebration
The week of March 20th- 26th will be the main event week but other amazing events will go on all year!