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March 2019, Plymouth
Service hotel with free hot breakfast, Free WI-FI, free parking, indoor pool, comfortable and trendy gathering areas, lobby bar and much more! High-speed internet, newspaper, coffee and tea; business center with printing services; large suites with separate living, working, and sleeping areas; in-room microwave and refrigerator; on-site lobby bar.
Falmouth Museums on the Green, Falmouth
“The First Thanksgiving, 1621” — A Painting by Karen Rinaldo is on exhibit at Falmouth Museums on the Green through 2021. The painting shows all the participants attending the first Thanksgiving. It was on display at Pilgrim Hall Museum and Plimoth Plantation from 1995 to 2017, and was used in numerous textbooks nationally and internationally. The painting depicts the Mayflower survivors and the Wampanoags who joined them in a communal recognition of their friendship.
Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth
The Plymouth Tapestry will tell the story of early Plymouth in a heroically-scaled needlework piece, based on original artwork by Plymouth artist Elizabeth Creeden, and created entirely by hand by volunteer stitchers.
A visual exploration of history, memory, and culture, the Plymouth Tapestry illustrates the experiences of the Wampanoag people who inhabited the region for thousands of years, and the Pilgrims, the English settlers who arrived on the Mayflower in 1620 to establish a new home in a unique place. The multi-media-thread-on-linen embroidery will be comprised of twenty 6-foot-long panels. Through imagery and text, each panel reveals contexts and events that shaped the founding of Plymouth Colony. Selected panels will be displayed in fall 2019 and through 2020, with accompanying programs and opportunities to work in progress. The entire Tapestry series will be exhibited on completion in 2021. 9:30 am – 4:30 pm.
March 30, 2020
Jenney Museum, Plymouth
Conversations with a Pilgrim is a 60-minute faith-based program on a variety of topics related to the Pilgrims and more, presented by the Jenney Museum. Topics include “Pilgrim Economics”, “Tell Me About My Pilgrim Ancestor”, “Pilgrim Pursuit of Happiness”, “The Abolitionists”, and “The Pilgrim Family – A Model to Follow”. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Jenney Museum at 508.747.4544. 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
March 31, 2020
Jenney Museum, Plymouth
The Jenney Museum presents a 45-minute faith-based interpretive tour of the National Monument to the Forefathers. This 81-foot statue tells the whole Pilgrim story, why they left England, how they governed themselves, and more. Leo Martin, Director of Pilgrim History at the Museum, takes tourists around the statue, explaining the rich history of the Pilgrim story dressed in period costume. He begins with the Pilgrims’ journey from England to Plymouth, bringing to life their stories of faith, their struggles, their beliefs about family life, education, law and liberty, and more. The National Monument to the Forefathers is thought to be the largest solid granite monument in the United States. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the museum at 508-747-4544. The tour begins at the Jenney Museum, located at 48 Summer Street in Plymouth. (No tours on Sundays). 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
March 31, 2020
Jenney Museum, Plymouth
The Jenney Museum presents a 90-minute guided walk through the historic district of Plymouth. Learn about the people, places, and events of the beginning of our country as you walk along Town Brook on the same paths our forefathers walked hundreds of years ago. What led the Pilgrims to come to America? Is Plymouth Rock really the rock they stepped on? The tour includes Brewster Gardens, Plymouth Rock, the historic waterfront area and the monuments, Cole’s Hill, Leyden Street, and Town Square. This interpretive faith-based tour of the historic district is given by Leo Martin, Director of Pilgrim History at the museum, dressed in period clothing. Reservations are necessary and can be made by calling 508-747-4544. The tour begins at the Jenney Museum, 48 Summer Street in Plymouth. No tours on Sundays. 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
April 24, 2020
Sandwich St, downtown Plymouth
The Opening Ceremony of the Plymouth 400 Commemoration will be unlike any event in our lifetime! We will kick off Plymouth 400 in grand style with a procession (stepping off at 11AM on Sandwich Street) through downtown Plymouth that will be local, national, and international in scope. Among the confirmed participants are Veterans and Active Duty Military, Wampanoag and Pilgrim descendant groups, US military bands, reenactment groups including the New Plimoth Gard, Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, and the Honourable Artillery Company of London, the US Coast Guard Band, and more!
Plymouth400.org 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
April 25, 2020
Burial Hill Cemetery, School Street, Plymouth
The Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company & Honorable Artillery Company of London dedicated two Guernsey Cannons at the Tercentenary Celebration. Join us as we make history again and dedicate a new Cannon as part of the Plymouth 400 commemoration. 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
April 25, 2020
Memorial Hall, Plymouth
The 400 Years of Law and Justice in America event will bring together lawyers, judges, and laypeople to honor Law and Justice in America with historically accurate accounts of the creation and application of our first laws with authoritative keynote speakers. 400 Years of Law and Justice will take place on the second day of the Plymouth 400 Commemoration Opening Ceremony, a cross-cultural spectacle of historical content, visual and performing arts, special guest speakers, and much more! The Plymouth County Bar Association is hosting this event and inviting all members of all the Massachusetts Bar Associations and representatives of each State Bar Association to celebrate the foundation of laws of our country that began with the Mayflower Compact and the Pilgrim-Wampanoag peace treaty. 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
May 1 through May 10, 2020
Multitude of new events in and around Plymouth
Artweek Plymouth 2020 is a 10-day event that includes more than 35 events in the Plymouth Bay Cultural District. Local businesses and the art and culture communities collaborate on various new events focused on educational and cultural engagement with visitor participation.
May 2, 2020
Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton
Fuller Craft Museum presents Another Crossing: Artists Revisit the Mayflower Voyage, an exhibition recognizing the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower crossing and its significance to American and world history. Developed in partnership with Fuller Craft Museum, Plymouth College of Art, and The Box (both in Plymouth, England), Another Crossing brings together ten artists from the United States and Europe for a global, cross-cultural effort that examines a pivotal event in world history. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
May 2, 2020
Plymouth Memorial Hall
The Plymouth 400 National Choral Festival will feature up to 400 choristers with orchestra uniting in song to celebrate the traditions which have significantly shaped the building of America! This Gala Choral Festival Concert is hosted by Plimoth Plantation. 7:00 pm – 9:00 p.m.
May 6, 2020
Award-winning author Nathaniel Philbrick will discuss his 2007 book, Mayflower, and why this voyage was so important to America’s history. 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
June 2, 2020
105 Alden Street, Duxbury, MA
The Alden Kindred of America is creating a permanent archaeological exhibit about historical icons and Mayflower Pilgrims John and Priscilla Alden, based on new scholarship that brings to light their lives in 17th century Duxbury against the backdrop of Plymouth Colony. The nationally significant artifacts, unearthed in a dig of the first Alden home site in 1960 by historical archaeologist Roland W. Robbins, include household materials, personal items, rare armaments, and tools, along with Native American artifacts. Most of the artifacts have never been shown before. A recent analysis of the recovered ceramic artifacts sheds new light on the Aldens’ everyday lives and a rare glimpse of the world of 17th-century women in Plymouth Colony. 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
June 29 at 5:00 am, July 4 at 6:00 pm
The Dreamride 400 event is an opportunity for a team of riders to ride bicycles from Philadelphia to Plymouth. The purpose of the event is to spread the message of the 400th commemoration of Plymouth, MA with a model grounded in education and spreading motivational messages for youth.
March 22, 2020
24 West Street, Norwell
Celebrate 100 years of Women’s Suffrage at at the James Library & Center for the Arts with the living history performance “I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU LUCY STONE”. Challenging discrimination is not easy; Lucy Stone was never one to take the easy road. The ﬁrst woman from Massachusetts to earn a college degree, Lucy was an ardent supporter of human rights. Always ﬁerce, her belief that women and men be equal was evident in both her political and personal endeavors. Her message inspired thousands to join the suffrage movement; even Susan B. Anthony credits Lucy’s impassioned speeches for her involvement. 3:00 p.m.
Memorial Hall, 83 Court Street, Plymouth
The Phil honors the Plymouth 400 Anniversary with a visual, vocal, orchestral and spiritual celebration called the Plymouth 400 Adoration of Place. Award-winning cellist Zlatomir Fung joins the orchestra for Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, a New World Concerto of sorts because Dvořák composed it here in America. Choruses from Pembroke, Plymouth North and Silver Lake Regional High Schools lend their voices to Copland’s Simple Gifts and The Promise of Living, selections that exemplify hope and gratitude. Wampanoag leader, historian and artist, Jonathan James-Perry stirs Native People’s ancestral heritage with First Light, a reference to the Wampanoag, or People of the Light, by Tonya Wind Singer. The lives of early settlers come into focus through archival photos from Pilgrim Hall Museum set to musical touchstones: Copland’s music from the film, Our Town, and Miklós Rózsa’s The Mayflower from the film score to the 1952 film Plymouth Adventure. We honor the many who have walked this place before us.
May 14, 2020 to May 19, 2020
Charlestown Navy Yard, 114 16th Street Next to the USS CONSTITUTION, Charlestown, MA
Mayflower Sails 2020 – Becoming America is honored to be commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower landing. After three years of restoration, this once-in-a-life-time event will be the Mayflower’s debut sail with a free maritime festival to follow.
For six memorable days, you’ll venture back to the remarkable beginnings of our great Nation. After three-years of restoration, this once-in-a-life-time event will be the Mayflower’s debut sail with a free maritime festival to follow. All daytime events will be free to the public.
MAY 23,24,25, 2020
77 Water Street, Plymouth
Mayflower Homecoming Weekend. After a 3-year restoration, Mayflower returns to her berth at State Pier in May 2020 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the 1620 landing of the Pilgrims in Plymouth. On May 21, 2020 our beloved national icon- Mayflower returns to Plymouth Harbor! Mayflower opens to the public on May 23, 2020.
Want to be the first in Plymouth to step aboard Mayflower’s gleaming, newly restored decks? Tickets are timed, must be purchased in advance, and will sell out once capacity has been reached. We advise arriving 30 minutes prior to your admission time so that you do not miss your ticketed entry time. No refunds will be given. This event occurs rain or shine. Extremely high visitor volume is expected throughout Memorial Day Weekend 2020.
June 28, 2020 to Thursday, July 2, 2020
The 400th Anniversary of the Pilgrims Journey to the New World. Experience The History – A narrated re-enactment of the Pilgrim landing at Plymouth Rock; Descendants of the Mayflower, Pilgrims, Native Americans, and representatives of Holland and England tell their stories; Guided historic tours of Plymouth, Boston, Cape Cod, and Salem. Period and patriotic music commemorating the Pilgrims and America; the role of the Pilgrims in our history, presented by Historians and Commentators; professional dramatic performance of the “Venture of 1620” presented by The Academy Of Arts with a cut-away Mayflower.
Opened August 2019, ongoing
The Plymouth Scallop Roll, a major public arts, tourism, and charitable event that will be displayed throughout the waterfront and downtown, Plymouth (with additional statues throughout Plymouth and surrounding communities). The Plymouth Scallop Roll features 29 unique structures measuring 5 feet tall. The fiberglass structures are sponsored by local businesses and organizations; each is custom designed and hand painted by local artists.
AUGUST 1, 2020
Plymouth 400 Signature Event — Wampanoag Ancestors Walk. The Wampanoag Ancestors Walk will be led by the Wampanoag tribes of Massachusetts. 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 will stop at designated sites to bless the spots where Wampanoag ancestors walked. The walk will conclude with a drum ceremony and homage to Native souls, followed by a reception.
SEPTEMBER 14, 2020
Plymouth 400 Signature Event — Official State House Salute to the 400th Anniversary. This State House Ceremony will honor the Pilgrim forefathers and Native people who are immortalized in the historic founding of Plymouth Colony. The General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Pilgrim families, and Wampanoag families will be in attendance. Additional, invited participants include the Governor and State Legislators, Federal Legislators, Representatives of The UK, The Netherlands, The Ancient and Honorables, and more.
SEPTEMBER 19 – 20, 2020
Plymouth 400 Signature Event — Embarkation Festival. The Embarkation Festival will be a grand cultural and arts festival that will honor the traditions, cuisine, and music of not only the settlers and Wampanoag people but of the diverse population of immigrants who have become the fabric of American life. World music, culinary events, artisan crafts, and cultural exhibits will define the many cultures represented. People will be engaged in America’s story of exploration, immigration, innovation, self-governance, religious expression, and thanksgiving. National and international in scope, the program will include performing groups, chefs, artists, storytellers, and student projects from around the world.
October 29, 2020 – November 1, 2020
Plymouth 400 Signature Event — Indigenous History Conference & Powwow. This conference will address the legacy of colonization experienced by Wampanoag and other Native people in the (now) New England area. The conference will be divided into 3 sections:
Day/Section I: discuss what traditional life was like before the time of European contact.
Day/Section II: discuss the processes of colonization, what colonization really is, how it impacted people at the time, and how it is an ongoing process that continues to impact Native people and tribes today.
Day/Section III: discuss what Wampanoag and Native peoples are doing today to carry on culture and tradition and continue as tribal entities.
Day IV: Powwow
Speakers and presenters will include both Native and non-Native scholars and cultural experts, with the emphasis on the primacy of Native voice and the validity of these perspectives and insights on Indigenous people, history, and culture. The Conference will officially close on Sunday with a traditional Powwow to which all are welcome to attend. The Conference will be filmed and recorded so that it may be prepared as a curriculum for classroom use at all levels.
November 20, 2020 – November 25, 2020
Plymouth 400 Signature Event — Illuminate Thanksgiving 2020. This series of events leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday promotes gratitude and giving. These youth-oriented events are designed to create an inspirational atmosphere anywhere that people gather, to stimulate gratitude and giving in communities, groups, and families. Based upon Governor William Bradford’s quote: “…as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone to many…” the One Small Candle Award is given to an individual who has made a difference in many lives at a young age.
November 20: America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Concerts
November 21: America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Parade
November 22: Illuminate Thanksgiving Festival: “One Small Candle” Ceremony
November 23 & 24: Thanksgiving Festival Events
November 25: Illuminate Thanksgiving Main Event
390 Court Street, Plymouth MA
Los Jefes: A Betta Bar & Grille featuring American-Mexican and World Cuisine. The menu is a collaboration of cultural backgrounds. Los Jefes has created some unique and diverse specialties using a creative approach to American cuisine, authentic hand-pressed tortillas and Mexican spices and traditional Cape Verdean family recipes. Their goal is to create innovative flavors that are delicious and approachable using seasonal, local products. When food is made with love and ingredients are treated with respect it fuels their passion to create an amazing dining experience.
Opening late summer/early fall, 2020
51 Court Street, Plymouth
Shelly’s Tea Room, the award-winning English Tea Rooms, are coming to Plymouth Massachusetts.
Serving Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and of course our amazing Cakes and Scones as well as Full Afternoon Tea.
The Blue Lane is a connection of recreational pathways that allow for easy travel and connection to New Bedford Attractions.
The Drawing Room, run by owner and architect Anthi Frangiadis, is a carefully curated product and design shop that relocated to New Bedford, Massachusetts. They feature original, handcrafted work by New England artisans.