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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 individual who has made a difference in many lives at a young age.

2020 Schedule:

  • November 20:   America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Concerts
  • November 21:   America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Parade
  • November 22:   Illuminate Thanksgiving Festival: “One Small Candle” Ceremony
  • November 23 & 24:   Thanksgiving Festival Events
  • November 25:   Illuminate Thanksgiving Main Event

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 will include performing groups, chefs, artists, storytellers, and student projects from around the world.

Enjoy food, music, entertainment, and more at the Plymouth Waterfront Festival, presented by the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce, featuring:

  • More than 200 crafter/vendor booths
  • 30+ food trucks and food vendors
  • The 14th Annual Motor Heads Cruise-in Car Show
  • Ducky Dash Race
  • Kids FUN Zone with games, inflatables, and more!
  • 2 stages with live entertainment

For more information, visit plymouthchamber.com.

Plymouth’s Bark in the Park Festival features over 30 pet-friendly vendors, many adoptable dogs and lots of activities for both the 2 and 4-legged members of your family. This annual event presented by the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce, puts the “wow” in “bow-wow,” attracting over 2,500 people (and their dogs) to browse our vendors and raise awareness for local rescue groups and non-profits.

Did You Know…

The Pilgrims did not bring any large livestock animals with them on the Mayflower. In fact, the only animals known with certainty to have come on the Mayflower were two dogs, an English Mastiff and an English springer spaniel, who are mentioned on a couple of occasions in the Pilgrims’ journals.

The first mention of these two early canine settlers appeared in the 17th-century publication “Mourt’s Relation,” a document describing the lives of America’s early colonizers.

Pilgrim John Goodman, a 25-year-old Mayflower passenger brought his Mastiff and English springer spaniel along for the voyage. Though the names of these dogs were not recorded, they have been recognized in history for helping the Pilgrims establish their settlement on Cape Cod.