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The 400th Anniversary Commemoration continues with two days of free maritime- and history-themed festivities at Plymouth Harbor. Visiting wooden masted ships and other vessels, a lighted boat parade, live music presented by Nightlife Music Co. and educational programming will be part of the festivities. This exciting Plymouth 400 Signature Event will take place at the Plymouth Waterfront. During the festival, there will be fun and informative activities for the whole family including public boarding and tours of visiting ships including Schooner Harvey Gamage, Tall Ship Lynx and Coast Guard Cutter Cobia. On Saturday night the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra “The Phil” takes the stage for a free outdoor concert at 7:30. There will not be food trucks and the like as Plymouth 400 is encouraging attendees to patronize Plymouth restaurants and other services as they continue to recover from the Pandemic. This event is made possible by the generosity of Plymouth 400’s sponsors and business partners. Full schedule below (subject to change).
Dates: Saturday, September 4 & Sunday, September 5, 2021
Plymouth Philharmonic “The Phil” Concert: 7:30PM
Live Music continues until 6PM
Location: DCR Pilgrim Memorial Park; Ships docked at Plymouth Town Wharf & State Boat Ramp (behind East Bay Grille); Hotel 1620 (film presentations and Wampanaog history and cultural exhibit)
• Maritime Salute Kick-Off Ceremony with visiting VIPs @ 10AM
• Music by The Locals @ 10:45AM
• Music by 4 In a Row @ 12noon
• Music by Boston Catalano & Plymouth Rocks @ 3PM
• Lighted Boat Parade in Harbor: 7PM (Limited space available, registration info available for boat owners by clicking here)
• Plymouth Philharmonic Concert: 7:30PM. This special free “Phil” concert is sponsored by The Esther and Alcide Ruffini Concert with additional support from the Spooner Trust and the Town of Plymouth Promotions Fund.
• Music by Valerie Barretto @ 11AM
• Music by The Beachwoods @ 12noon
• Music by Dr. Bombay @ 3PM
Ships berthed at Plymouth Town Wharf & State Board Ramp with Public boarding: 11AM–3PM Sat.; 11AM-2PM Sun
o Schooner Harvey Gamage
o Tall Ship Lynx
o Coast Guard Cutter Cobia
o Shallop Elizabeth Tilley (Saturday only)
The newly restored Mayflower II will be in her berth at Plymouth Harbor (recently added to the National Register of Historic Places!)*
Whale and Dolphin Conservation inflatable humpback whale and informational tent (Sat. only)
Cape Cod Cranberry Growers exhibit with live mini cranberry bog demonstration
Wampanoag artisan showcase
Pilgrim John Howland Society
Large-scale abstract art installations from Casey Figueroa
New Plimmoth Gard
Children’s Story Time with Barnicle & Husk
Community Day (Sunday only) with family activities including games, giveaways, and more!
Local Author Book Signings
The Plymouth County Cranberry Quilters presentation of the 400th Anniversary Quilt to the Pilgrim Hall Museum (Saturday)
Elements of the “Our”Story Wampanoag History Exhibit will be on display at Hotel 1620 (180 Water St., Plymouth)
Video screenings of the full “Our”Story exhibit and The Colonial Records of Plymouth Colony virtual tour (also at Hotel 1620)
Note: Details are subject to change as organizers continue to monitor Covid-related regulations. Masks will be required to board some of the vessels.
*Boarding fees apply.
Plymouth 400 Organizational Partner, The Plymouth Antiquarian Society will be offering special programming and extended hours this weekend at the Hedge House in honor of the Maritime Salute!
Friday, September 3, 5 to 8pm: “Maritime Treasures” tour for “First Fridays Plymouth”
Saturday, September 4, 10am to 5pm: Hedge House open (regular tours)
Sunday, September 5, 1 to 5pm: Hedge House open (regular tours)
For more details, click here.