The Florida Historic Militia will present a traditional Changing of the Guard Ceremony – a free St Augustine Event where visitors can witness twilight time in the nation’s oldest colonial city.
Featured in the event – Soldiers guarding the town are dismissed for the night, and their replacements arrive to take over guarding Government House. The commander of the new watch puts the replacement soldiers through a rigorous drill before they take over their posts. The retiring soldiers are ordered to clear their weapons with the command of “Disparen!” The resounding blast of musket fire assures 18th century St. Augustine that the changing of the guard has taken place and the town is safe for the night. The Changing of the Guard is from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. on August the 29th at the Government House on St. Augustine’s Plaza de la Constitucion just short walking distance from the Agustin Inn – St Augustine’s most conveniently-located bed and breakfast. Following the program, the militia will retreat to the Taberno del Caballo in front of St Augustine’s Colonial Quarter where they will be released to their families.