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Celebrating Provincetown’s 400 Anniversary

The year 2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage and its initial landing in Provincetown before heading to Plymouth and the founding of Plymouth Colony! We are excited to celebrate this amazing milestone and will continue to share more information in future blog posts.

Provincetown 400 Events

The year 2020 will mark the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower crossing the Atlantic. Before settling in Plymouth, the voyagers first spent five weeks in what is now Provincetown. Here is a list of events celebrating this moment in history.

Plymouth 400 Commemoration Opening Ceremony

April 24, 2020

The Opening Ceremony of the Plymouth 400 Commemoration will be a two-hour event of historical content, musical headliners, interpretive readings, choreographed movement, original productions, and visual narratives to create a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle. The Plymouth 400 Legacy Time Capsule will be introduced, and the first items will be placed inside by special guests. Honoring the past and celebrating the future, each of the commemoration themes — exploration, innovation, self-governance, religious expression, immigration, and thanksgiving — will be presented in creative ways. Invited participants include state and federal officials, representatives of the UK, the Netherlands, colony partners, and many more.

Provincetown 400 Gala

September 12, 2020, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

On September 12, 2020, at 5:30PM, the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum will host a special formal Gala commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower Pilgrims' landing.

The Mayflower Compact Re-enactment Ceremony and VIP Party

September 13, 2020, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Visit MacMillan Pier for a VIP fundraising party. View of the re-enactment of the signing of the Mayflower Compact aboard the Mayflower II and the dropping of a commemorative wreath into Provincetown Harbor.

General Society of Mayflower Descendants Luncheon

September 13, 2020, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Founded in 1897, the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD) currently counts 30,000+ members. In 2020, the GSMD will host its triennial Congress in Massachusetts with special events occurring in Provincetown, Plymouth, and Boston. The Congress has been extended to 10 days in 2020 and will host an estimated 1,500 registrants.

Sunrise Farewell to the Mayflower II Champagne Toast

September 14, 2020, 5:30 a.m. – 6:30 a.m.

Bid farewell to the Mayflower II with a champagne and sparkling cider toast at sunrise at MacMillan Pier in Provincetown Harbor.

GSMD Provincetown Walking Tour Excursion

September 15, 2020, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Take a scenic tour of Provincetown and learn the rich history of Provincetown, where you can climb the Pilgrim Monument, have a personalized tour of the Provincetown Museum and a guided historic walking tour of Provincetown. A delicious lunch and bus travel from Plymouth to Provincetown and back will be included in the price of the excursion. A detailed schedule and event specifics will be announced later.

Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument

November 11, 2020, 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

View the annual lighting of the Pilgrim Monument and grand fireworks display to commemorate the First Landing on November 11, 1620, in Provincetown.

Where to Stay

If you are planning to attend any of the events of this incredible celebration, it’s not too early to book a place to stay, as rental homes will be in great demand. Here are some great possibilities:

1) Spectacular view from waterfront cottage in nearby Truro

2) Waterfront beach house

3) Waterviews in the West End

4) 3-bedroom home with water views

5) West End dog-friendly home

6) Modern, upper condo unit with deck and jacuzzi

7) Contemporary Cape nestled among mature trees, and lush gardens

8) Quiet Cape Cod cottage located in nearby in North Truro

For more detailed information on events and the celebration, be sure to visit the Provincetown 400 website.

About Jennie Sparrow

About Jennie Sparrow: I have been at WNAV for over three years and have loved every minute of it! A true Cape Codder, born and raised, my roots go all the way back to the Mayflower. I’m proud and humbled to call the Cape my home and love sharing my local knowledge with those visiting the area. My favorite pastime is going to the beach with my family and feeling the sun on my face and the sand between my toes!