BOSTON (AP) — State and local officials have formally launched preparations to mark the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s landing in modern-day Massachusetts.
The commemoration known as Plymouth 400 will feature events throughout 2020, including a maritime salute in Plymouth Harbor in June, an embarkation festival in September, and a week of ceremonies around Thanksgiving.
The Mayflower II, a replica of the famed ship that carried the Pilgrims to the New World, will sail to Boston in the spring and to Provincetown in the fall. The Pilgrims first landed in what is now Provincetown Harbor and signed the Mayflower Compact there.
Several events are also planned to honor the Wampanoag Indian tribe. The tribe’s ancestors helped the settlers through their early years, though violent conflicts would erupt in the decades to follow.