Here in Key West, at the southernmost point in the U.S., folks make quite a fuss over sunsets. They even built a stage of sorts―Mallory Square―where, at the water’s edge, musicians, escape artists, jugglers, magicians, and other street performers warm up the throngs of tourists who flock here for this daily and oftentimes cheeky going-away party for the sun. It’s such a sacred event, the city even passed an ordinance requiring cruise ships to leave port before sunset to ensure the view isn’t blocked.

 

For many, witnessing a sunset from Mallory Square is a bucket-list item, akin to seeing fireworks over the Washington, D.C., Mall or the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium. Only in Key West, a place made famous by its anything-goes attitude, do folks offer a reverent good-bye so irreverently, and then get the chance to do it all over again the very next day. sunsetcelebration.org

Photo by Jennifer Davick

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