2011 Global Day of Prayer in Jacksonville, Florida

May 19th, 2011

Photo: The Main Street Bridge looking towards the Southbank of Downtown Jacksonville. Credit: Visit Jacksonville and Greg Downing. 


An estimated 220 nations will be looking to Jacksonville, Florida, on Saturday, June 11 for the first Global Day of Prayer in a U.S. anchor city and visitors in town for the worldwide celebration can get an up close and personal experience of the event as well as the history, flavor and sounds of the River City by the Sea.
Join thousands of Christians at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Downtown Jacksonville for the Main Event to take place from 6-9 p.m. on June 11 with worship, 150 piece orchestra and choir, flag processionals and more.  Arrive in our city early for the International GDOP Conference sessions: “Worship 1st” or “Foundations for Transformation” taking place June 9-11 at host hotel, Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront  with speakers including Don Moen, Phil Wickham, Ricardo Sanchez, Joe Savage, Dr. Tim Foley and others.  Tickets for the Main Event and/or registration information for the conference can be found at
Beginning June 1, take advantage of 20 percent off all participating hotels, attractions, restaurants and more with the “20% less stress, more fun in Jacksonville” promotions.  All deals will be live on June 1-Sept. 30 at  Also, with plenty to see and do, create a vacation experience surrounding this historic event for the whole family in Jacksonville.
Jacksonville was chosen as the first U.S. anchor city due to the premise that it was a “spiritual gateway” to North America led by the French Huguenots who erected a cross at Fort Caroline in 1564 sparking the first Christian celebration in the new world.  Explore the replica of this fort which signifies the first attempt of men, women and children seeking religious freedom in the United States in the 46,000-acre Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve which is also the home of Kinglsey Plantation, the oldest standing plantation house in Florida and kayaking, hiking, birding and Segway nature tours.
The Cathedral District located in Downtown Jacksonville offers historic and exquisite churches with plenty of opportunities for worship among a number of denominations.  All churches of the Cathedral District are located within walking distance of Downtown hotels and the Arena.
Stroll the 4.5 miles of Riverwalk along the beautiful St. Johns River in Downtown Jacksonville or take the S.S. Marine Taxi to the historic Riverside neighborhood on the morning of June 11 for Florida’s largest free weekly arts festival, the Riverside Arts Market . The market is Jacksonville’s high-energy, free weekly arts, farmers, crafts and foods market nestled along the river.  Browse hundreds of local artistic creations including pottery, paintings, jewelry, photography, clothing and more.  Live performances on the riverfront amphitheater stage and roaming performers, like magicians, jugglers and fire breathers provide family entertainment.
Enjoy the cool sounds of hot summer nights with the Jacksonville Beach Summer Jazz Concert Series  on June 12 at Sea Walk Pavilion along the Atlantic Ocean. Bring a picnic blanket or chair end enjoy free, live music by Lin Rountree, Steve Cole & Shilts and Spyro Gyra beginning at 5:00 p.m.
for more information, visit  for hotel information or more on things to experience in Jacksonville surrounding the 2011 Global Day of Prayer.