By Moira McCarthy, Boston Herald:
As the January winds sweep the shores of Massachusetts, summer feels so very far away. But when it comes to this summer’s 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims landing in Plymouth, now is the time to start your planning.
“The buzz is really loud right now. It’s getting really exciting,” said Lea Filson, executive director of See Plymouth (seeplymouth.com). With top destination nods from Frommers, Forbes, USA Today, a feature on NECN and more; along with a breathtaking Mayflower II float in the Tournament of Roses Parade, she said, all eyes are on Plymouth and the festivities. The Mayflower II itself, long in Mystic, Conn., for sprucing up, will return to Plymouth Harbor May 21 after a few weeks of docking in Boston. All that will drive millions to the region.
“It’s not a bad idea to start thinking about visits now,” she said. “Figure out when you want to come, where you want to stay and what you’d like to do.”
Plymouth officials and volunteers have been hard at work planning, said Brian Logan of Plymouth 400 (plymouth400inc.org). With seven signature events and literally hundreds of other events, there is plenty to plan and plenty for visitors to do. Special setups for parking, shuttles and more have all been planned out. Hundreds of volunteers have been training to assist all season long.
Here’s how to prepare: