The Opening Ceremony of the Plymouth 400 Commemoration will be unlike any event in our lifetime! We will be kicking 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!
The procession will lead to Memorial Hall for the indoor portion of the event featuring speakers, dignitaries, and celebrities, along with live performances. This will be a ticketed event but seating will be extremely limited. Keep an eye on Plymouth400inc.org and watch our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages for updates on tickets which are expected to be available in February. The two-hour event will feature historical content, musical headliners, interpretive readings, choreographed movement, original productions, and visual narratives to create a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle.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.
For those not attending the Memorial Hall Ceremony, there is a special luncheon and watch party being offered by Hotel 1620 Plymouth Harbor which will feature special guests. As with the Memorial Hall ceremony, follow our website and social media for ticket information. Several other local businesses and organizations will also be offering watch parties during the event. Following the Ceremony, there will be additional fanfare and entertainment on the Plymouth waterfront. These are just some of the many details which will be made available to the public as the event gets closer.