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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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 10:30AM at the intersection of Lincoln and Sandwich Street) through downtown Plymouth that will be local, national, and international in scope. Led by the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, America’s premiere fife and drum corp, this historic procession representing 400 years of history will include veterans and active-duty military, Pilgrim descendant groups, renowned college and high school drum corps along with military drum corp units, reenactment groups including the New Plimoth Gard, Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, and the Honourable Artillery Company of London, the Mousquet du Roi, the Salem Trayned Band, the Pisquatau Scouts, the Kentish Guards, the Golds Dragoons, and more!
The procession will lead to Memorial Hall for the indoor portion of the event featuring speakers, dignitaries, military demonstrations, and live performances. This is a ticketed event and limited seats will be available for advanced purchase. 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 late February. The one and a half hour event will feature historical content, music by the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra and a Plymouth student chorus, visual narratives, spoken perspectives from Wampanoag leaders, and national and international dignitaries 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. 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. The Plymouth Waterfront will also come alive with the Massachusetts National Guard – US Army 101st Field Artillery, reenactors, live musical performances, and special programs running from 11:00AM-2:00PM.
Debra Catania recently got a call from a British tour operator requesting room reservations at her Plymouth boutique hotel for 2020, the year marking the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ Mayflower voyage and the founding of Plymouth Colony. Catania, owner of the John Carver Inn & Spa, told the operator it was too soon, to […]Read More
You may have seen our Plymouth 400 Plates on the roads, and now is the time to order a commemorative plate of your own! Order a plate online or at the RMV, and bring your receipt to the Plymouth 400 Office (134 Court Street, 3rd Floor) to receive a $40 gift card to Sullivan Tire, an […]Read More
The State Pier was the place to be on Aug. 24 as the familiar masts of the Mayflower II were joined by the tall ship HMS Bounty, a small contingent of 18th century British “Redcoats,” and more than a hundred guests who were there to support the Plymouth 400. The event managed to raise more […]Read More