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Illuminate Thanksgiving is Coming Up!

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The year 2020 will mark the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower, and in the first of many events, members of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants will gather in Plymouth for the Plymouth 400 ‘Illuminate Thanksgiving’ program.
On November 19, join your Mayflower cousins in Pilgrim attire in a procession led by Governor William Bradford from the Mayflower Society House to Hedge House on the Plymouth Waterfront. There, we will participate in a multi-nation, candle-lighting ceremony and a reading of Bradford’s inspirational, “One Small Candle” quote.
The descendants will then return to the Mayflower Society House front lawn where they will conduct a brief service of remembrance for the Mayflower passengers who traveled to the New World in 1620. The tribute will include 102 luminaries lit in commemoration of our Pilgrim ancestors and their accomplishments.
DONATE! Can’t make it? Click here to donate $5.00 for a luminary in honor of your Pilgrim ancestor.
JOIN US! Members and non-members are invited to participate in the procession! Click here for more details.
All are welcome to partake in the procession and illumination and we encourage dressing in Pilgrim attire! Please meet at the Mayflower Society House at 3:oo PM on November 19. Following the illumination event, all members and participants in the procession are welcome into the Mayflower Society House for light refreshments. If you would like to join us in commemoration, please RSVP by contacting GSMD Membership Services Manager Georgi Hess at
For more information: You can download our full press release here!
For more information on America’s Hometown Thanksgiving weekend including security, parking, lodging and a detailed schedule of events in Plymouth for Nov. 18-20, visit

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