Celebrating the 2020 Anniversary Commemoration

Soon, 2020 will be upon us, marking the 400th anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower and the founding of Plymouth Colony.

Here are some of the events planned for this historic year long celebration. More details will be posted here as they become available.

January 1st 2020

The Annual Rose Bowl Parade, Pasadena CA—The California Society of Mayflower Descendants has received approval to have a Mayflower Float in the Parade. You could be one of the participants to ride on the “Voyage of Hope” float with the Governor General or march behind as one of the 102 descendants of the Mayflower. Please stay tuned for details.

April 24th

The Opening Ceremony of the 400th Year Anniversary of Commemoration, Plymouth MA—The Opening Ceremony at Memorial Hall—Time Capsule, music, readings, and invited guests from the federal government, UK, Netherlands, and many more. CANCELLED

May 16th

The New Hampshire Mayflower Society’s 90th Anniversary—The Anniversary Celebration of the NH Mayflower Society and Scholarship Luncheon. Location. CANCELLED

June 27th –28th

The Maritime Salute to the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower Landing upon the Shore, Plymouth MA— The Salute will include a regatta of wooden ships, yachts, boats, and pleasure craft that will culminate in a New England Clam Bake on the Plymouth Waterfront.

THIS HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO JUNE 25, 2021 - JUNE 27, 2021 - For more info go to Martime Salute

August 15th

The Wampanoag Ancestors Walk, Plymouth MA—The Wampanoag Tribe Members will lead a walk to honor the ancestors. Participants will be able to pay homage to Massasoit and also to King Philip. This walk will make stops at designated sites to bless the places where the Wampanoag ancestors lived. The walk will conclude with a drum ceremony and a reception.


September 7th-14th

The Historical Re-enactments of the Signing of the Mayflower Compact, Provincetown MA—The town of Provincetown will partner with the General Society of Mayflower Descendants for commemorative events. The Mayflower II will be in Provincetown Harbor the entire week, with daily historical re-enactments of the Signing of the Mayflower Compact in Provincetown Harbor in 1620.

September 11th at the Pilgrim Monument, Provincetown MA– There will be an evening Gala ticketed event at the actual Pilgrim Monument. (details of Gala)

September 13th at the Pilgrim Monument, Provincetown MA - A Memorial Service and Wreath Laying in the harbor, followed by a ticket luncheon and program at the base of the Pilgrim Monument.

September 14th at the Provincetown Harbor, Provincetown MA - The morning of the Sept. 14th will be a sunrise toast and “Bon Voyage” as the Mayflower II sails to Plymouth.

September 14th

The Pilgrims Progress, Boston MA—There will be a Pilgrim’s Progress of May lower Descendants across the Boston Common to the steps of the statehouse. Upon the steps there will be a ceremony commemorating the Pilgrim forefathers and Native people. The GSMD and the Wampanoag families will be in attendance. The evening will bring a Grand Gala that will include invited guests, such as the Governor of Massachusetts, state legislators, federal legislators, and representatives from the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

September 15th-18th

The Mayflower Congress Week, Plymouth MA

Tuesday, September 15th - Congress registration, insignia sales, vendors, member society tables and more events at the Hotel 1620 in Plymouth .

Wednesday, September 16th - In the morning, there will be a US Citizen Naturalization Ceremony at Memorial Hall when 102 immigrants will be naturalized, and 102 costumed descendants will escort these new citizens. The Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants will be coordinating this event. Stay tuned for more information. In the afternoon, the Pilgrims Progress will march from the May lower Society House to Cole’s Hill to the Meetinghouse for Congress opening ceremonies. There will be a welcome reception for registered guests in the rose garden of the Mayflower house following this ceremony.

Thursday and Friday, September 17th and 18th - There will be the GSMD congress meetings followed by a Friday night Black Tie gala ticketed event. See the January 2019 Mayflower Quarterly and the GSMD website in January 2019 for reservations and event information. These spaces will fill up quickly, so plan your 2020 calendar now!

September 19th

The Embarkation Festival, Plymouth MA —The Embarkation Festival will be a cultural and arts celebration honoring the traditions, cuisine, and music of the Pilgrim settlers, the Wampanoag native people, and of all the diverse populations of immigrants who have come to the USA. There will be world music, culinary events, artisan crafts, and cultural exhibits. National and international in scope, the program will include performing groups, chefs, artists, storytellers, and student projects from around the world

October 30th-November 1st

The Indigenous History Conference, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater MA—The Indigenous History Conference and Powwow will address the legacy of colonization experienced by Wampanoag and other Native people in the New England area. This conference will be filmed and recorded as a curriculum for classroom use at all levels.

November 5th-8th

The Mayflower Debutante Ball, New York, NY —The Annual Mayflower Debutante Ball will be special for the 400th anniversary commemoration. All girls of Mayflower Descent from ages 18 – 22 from all states are invited by the New York Mayflower Society to participate in the Saturday evening Debutante Ball, as well as activities held all weekend for their families.

November 7th

The New Hampshire Mayflower Society—The place to be determined - Our NH 400th Anniversary Commemoration Compact Day Luncheon

November 11th

The “Landing of the Pilgrims”, Provincetown MA—The “Landing of the Pilgrims” a special evening illumination of the Pilgrim Monument and fireworks display to commemorate the day the Pilgrims landed in Provincetown on November 11, 1620.

Thanksgiving Week, 2020, special events around the town of Plymouth and Plimoth Plantation, including some of the following;

November 20th

Various Concerts, Plimouth Plantation/Plymouth MA—The concerts November 21st

The Thanksgiving Parade, —The GSMD will be participating in this parade with a float. If you would like to ride in the parade on the float, or march beside the float, please see the upcoming issue of the Mayflower Quarterly for the donation levels for the 2018 – 2019 parades, as well as the donation levels required for riding/ marching in the 2020 or 2021 parades.

November 22nd

The “One Small Candle” ceremony, Plymouth MA - “One Small Candle” ceremony and unveiling of the new Gov. Bradford statue.

November 25th

The “Illuminate Thanksgiving”, Plymouth MA - Thanksgiving Eve, “Illuminate Thanksgiving” spectacle.

November 26th