Illuminate Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 4:00pm

Illuminate Thanksgiving will now be held on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 21, 2018. 

Nearly four centuries ago, Governor William Bradford described the influence of Plymouth Colony in his famous quote,  “…as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many...” As we approach the 400th anniversary of the founding of Plymouth Colony, Bradford’s words will be brought to life at Plymouth 400’s fourth annual Illuminate Thanksgiving, an inspirational evening promoting gratitude and giving. This annual event is free and open to the public

The hour-long program and candle-lighting ceremony focuses on young people and their ability to be that “one small candle” making a difference in the lives of many. The program features inspirational music by Northern Lights A Capella Chorus from Plymouth North High School and an original song performed by the Plymouth International Chorus. A reading of Bradford’s quote by one of his descendants, D. Brenton Simons, CEO of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and candle-lighting led by Governor General George Garmany and members of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, a National organization honoring the first families of Plymouth Colony. A winning essay contest winner will read their response to the question, “Who illuminates your life?” providing a powerful moment of gratitude and giving.  Finally, the recipient of the One Small Candle Award, which honors an individual or organization that has truly personified Bradford’s words will be announced at the event. It is a reminder that just one thoughtful act can inspire many more.

 “Illuminate Thanksgiving is an international partnership as well as a grassroots community program. We share the event with our British counterparts in Plymouth and Boston, England, Leiden in the Netherlands, and communities here in Massachusetts,” said Michele Pecoraro, Executive Director of Plymouth 400 Inc. “We encourage anyone to join us here in Plymouth or to organize an Illuminate Thanksgiving event in their own community during November. Between now and 2020, we hope to see this inspirational event spread far and wide, rekindling our commitment to give thanks and give back.”

Following the program, participating businesses and restaurants will illuminate their storefronts with light-inspired displays as part of the #IlluminateThanksgiving campaign in partnership with the Plymouth Bay Cultural District.