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November 2019

Illuminate Thanksgiving 2019

November 23 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Plymouth Town Square and Waterfront, 1 Town Square
Plymouth, MA 02360 United States
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Plymouth 400 Presents Illuminate Thanksgiving 2019 Part of America's Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration This important annual event focuses on young people and their ability to be that "one small candle" making a difference in the lives of many. Taking place on the same day as the annual America's Hometown Thanksgiving Parade, the program will kick off in Plymouth Town Square with a program inside the Mayflower Meetinghouse presented by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. Then we'll move outside for a…

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April 2020

Plymouth 400 Commemoration Opening Ceremony

April 24, 2020
Memorial Hall, 83 Court St
Plymouth, MA 2360 United States
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The Opening Ceremony of the Plymouth 400 Commemoration will be a two-hour event of historical content, musical headliners, interpretive readings, choreographed movement, original productions, and visual narratives to create a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle.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.…

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June 2020

Official Maritime Salute to the 400th Anniversary

June 27, 2020 - June 28, 2020

The Official Maritime Salute pays tribute to the Pilgrims' journey on board the Mayflower from Plymouth, England, to the site of Plymouth Colony in the new world. A regatta of wooden ships, yachts, work boats, official vessels, and pleasure craft will culminate in a traditional New England lobster dinner on the waterfront. Military fanfare and maritime programming will be part of the day's festivities. Stay tuned for more information on how YOU can register your boat to be part of…

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August 2020

Wampanoag Ancestors Walk

August 1, 2020
Plymouth, MA Plymouth, MA United States + Google Map

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.

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September 2020

Official State House Salute to the 400th Anniversary

September 14, 2020
Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02133 United States
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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.

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Embarkation Festival

September 19, 2020 - September 20, 2020
Plymouth, MA Plymouth, MA United States + Google Map

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…

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October 2020

Indigenous History Conference & Powwow

October 29, 2020 - November 1, 2020
Bridgewater State University, 131 Summer Street
Bridgewater, MA 02324 United States
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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…

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November 2020

Illuminate Thanksgiving 2020

November 20, 2020 - November 25, 2020
Plymouth, MA Plymouth, MA United States + Google Map

America's Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration and Plymouth 400 Present: Illuminate Thanksgiving 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…

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