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Brian Logan 508-812-2020, ext. 118



Companion press release to the State House announcement you received. Focus is solely on event details.


Boston, MA (August 28, 2018) –The year-long schedule of Signature Events for the 2020 has been announced for the Commemoration of the voyage of the Mayflower and the founding of Plymouth Colony in 1620, a story that significantly shaped the building of America.


A full year of signature events and programs is planned for 2020. These include ceremonies with appearances from dignitaries, state and federal officials, celebrities and other VIPs, historical and cultural exhibitions, live broadcasts, multi-day festivals, original arts and entertainment collaborations and educational programming and resources.



  • April 24, 2020: The Quadricentennial year kicks off with the PLYMOUTH 400 COMMEMORATION OPENING CEREMONY

This event will be held at Plymouth’s Memorial Hall and the surrounding area. The Opening Ceremony will be a cross-cultural spectacle of historical content, visual and performing arts, special guest speakers and more. Honoring the past while paving the way for the future, each of the commemoration’s themes will be presented in creative ways. VIP invitations will include national leaders, heads of state, and other international dignitaries.

  • June 27-28: OFFICIAL MARITIME SALUTE TO THE 400th in Plymouth Harbor This event pays tribute to the Pilgrim’s journey onboard the Mayflower with a parade of sail in and around Plymouth Harbor. A regatta of wooden ships, official vessels, work boats, native mishoons and pleasure craft will culminate in a traditional New England lobster dinner at the waterfront. Mayflower II will be a centerpiece of this event.
  • August 15: The WAMPANOAG ANCESTORS WALK The Walk will be led by people from the Wampanoag tribes of Massachusetts through downtown Plymouth. Placards will be carried with the names of the original 69 villages of the Wampanoag Nation. Participants will pay homage to Massasoit and King Phillip and stop at designated sites to bless the spots where their ancestors once walked. The event will conclude with a drum ceremony and reception.


  • September 14: The OFFICIAL STATE HOUSE SALUTE TO THE 400TH COMMEMORATION   Held at the Massachusetts State House, this ceremony will honor the Pilgrim forefathers and Native people who are immortalized in the historic founding of Plymouth Colony. The governor and other national and international dignitaries will be invited to speak.


  • September 19 & 20: The EMBARKATION FESTIVAL

This grand two-day cultural and arts festival will be held in Plymouth. The festival will honor the traditions, cuisine, and music of not only the original settlers and Wampanoag people but the diverse immigrants who followed and contributed to the fabric of American life. National and international in scope, invited dignitaries will include heads of state, celebrities, and students from around the world.


Hosted by Bridgewater State University, the conference will celebrate the longevity and continuity of America’s indigenous people. This cultural event will feature the historical and contemporary contributions of the Wampanoag and other Native nations. Speakers will include both native and non-native scholars and experts, and culminate in a traditional Powwow.

  • Thanksgiving Week 2020: A multi-day series of programming beginning with America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration concerts on November 20, and Parade on November 21, the “One Small Candle” Ceremony November 22, Thanksgiving Festival Events throughout the week culminating in the spectacle of Plymouth 400’s Illuminate Thanksgiving on November 25, the Eve of Thanksgiving.


In addition to the Plymouth 400 Signature Events there will also be a whole host of sanctioned events. These are existing or new events produced by partner organizations that will also be included in the master 2020 calendar. The following summarizes two such events:


Mayflower II will serve as the iconic centerpiece of the 400th Commemoration thanks to the work of Plimoth Plantation. Planning is underway to sail the ship to Boston in the spring of 2020 and to Provincetown that fall*. Visitors will be able to board the ship, hear stories about the Mayflower and her famous passengers, and imagine what it was like on board for the 66-day voyage.


The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum and the Town of Provincetown will host the General Society of Mayflower Descendants for their 2020 Congress beginning on September 11, 2020. Plans are also in place to welcome Mayflower II to Provincetown Harbor ahead of the event*. During the visit, Mayflower II, will be part of daily historical reenactments of the Signing of the Mayflower Compact in Provincetown Harbor in 1620. On September 13, a Memorial Service and Wreath Laying will be held, followed by ticketed luncheon. The commemoration will culminate with a Sunrise Toast and Bon Voyage to Mayflower II on September 14 as she journeys to her home port in Plymouth.

* Mayflower II schedule subject to change due to maritime and other conditions.


Plymouth, Massachusetts 400th Commission

On September 20, 2016, Governor Charlie Baker signed an Executive Order, which reaffirmed and expanded the 35-member Plymouth, Massachusetts 400th Commission, who were charged with ensuring a befitting national and state observance of the settlement of Plymouth Colony in 1620, including opportunities for local, state, national and global educational programming and interaction and a reflection of Massachusetts’ rich history, natural resources and diverse cultural contributions.


About Plymouth 400, Inc.

Plymouth 400, Inc. is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2009 in Plymouth, Massachusetts formed to lead the planning and execution of programs and events commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage and the founding of Plymouth Colony in 1620. The Plymouth 400 Commemoration will highlight the cultural contributions and American traditions that began with the interaction of the Wampanoag and English peoples, a story that significantly shaped the building of America.