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The 400th Anniversary Commemoration continues with two days of free maritime- and history-themed festivities at Plymouth Harbor. Visiting wooden masted ships and other vessels, a lighted boat parade, live music presented by Nightlife Music Co. and educational programming will be part of the festivities. This exciting Plymouth 400 Signature Event will take place at the Plymouth Waterfront. During the festival, there will be fun and informative activities for the whole family including public boarding and tours of visiting ships including Schooner Harvey Gamage, Tall Ship Lynx and Coast Guard Cutter Cobia. On Saturday night the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra “The Phil” takes the stage for a free outdoor concert at 7:30. There will not be food trucks and the like as Plymouth 400 is encouraging attendees to patronize Plymouth restaurants and other services as they continue to recover from the Pandemic. This event is made possible by the generosity of Plymouth 400’s sponsors and business partners. Full schedule below (subject to change).

Dates: Saturday, September 4 & Sunday, September 5, 2021

Exhibitors: 10AM-5PM;
Plymouth Philharmonic “The Phil” Concert: 7:30PM

Exhibitors: 11AM–4PM
Live Music continues until 6PM

Location: DCR Pilgrim Memorial Park; Ships docked at Plymouth Town Wharf & State Boat Ramp (behind East Bay Grille); Hotel 1620 (film presentations and Wampanaog history and cultural exhibit)

Entertainment Highlights:
• Maritime Salute Kick-Off Ceremony with visiting VIPs @ 10AM
• Music by The Locals @ 10:45AM
• Music by 4 In a Row @ 12noon
• Music by Boston Catalano & Plymouth Rocks @ 3PM
• Lighted Boat Parade in Harbor: 7PM (Limited space available, registration info available for boat owners by clicking here)
Plymouth Philharmonic Concert: 7:30PM. This special free “Phil” concert is sponsored by The Esther and Alcide Ruffini Concert with additional support from the Spooner Trust and the Town of Plymouth Promotions Fund.

• Music by Valerie Barretto @ 11AM
• Music by The Beachwoods @ 12noon
• Music by Dr. Bombay @ 3PM

Event Features:
Ships berthed at Plymouth Town Wharf & State Board Ramp with Public boarding: 11AM–3PM Sat.; 11AM-2PM Sun
o Schooner Harvey Gamage
o Tall Ship Lynx
o Coast Guard Cutter Cobia
o Shallop Elizabeth Tilley (Saturday only)

The newly restored Mayflower II will be in her berth at Plymouth Harbor (recently added to the National Register of Historic Places!)*

Whale and Dolphin Conservation inflatable humpback whale and informational tent (Sat. only)

Cape Cod Cranberry Growers exhibit with live mini cranberry bog demonstration

Wampanoag artisan showcase

Pilgrim John Howland Society

Large-scale abstract art installations from Casey Figueroa

New Plimmoth Gard

Children’s Story Time with Barnicle & Husk

Community Day (Sunday only) with family activities including games, giveaways, and more!

Local Author Book Signings

The Plymouth County Cranberry Quilters presentation of the 400th Anniversary Quilt to the Pilgrim Hall Museum (Saturday)

Elements of the “Our”Story Wampanoag History Exhibit will be on display at Hotel 1620 (180 Water St., Plymouth)

Video screenings of the full “Our”Story exhibit and The Colonial Records of Plymouth Colony virtual tour (also at Hotel 1620)

Note: Details are subject to change as organizers continue to monitor Covid-related regulations. Masks will be required to board some of the vessels. 

*Boarding fees apply.


Final Stages of MAYFLOWER II’s Homecoming Voyage Underway

Plimoth Plantation’s fully restored historic tall ship to make port stop at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy before homecoming to Plymouth on August 10; tickets to board ship on sale on August 8

On August 10, 2020, following a more than three-year, multi-million-dollar restoration, the 64-year-old Mayflower II will return home to Plymouth Harbor where it is a major exhibit of Plimoth Plantation, the living history museum of 17th century Massachusetts.

“Mayflower II is a unique educational resource that allows us to better understand American history, from the complex and interwoven stories of the Indigenous people and the Pilgrims in the 1600s, to renewed international alliances during World War II, and the search for a better life that has inspired people for centuries,” said Ellie Donovan, Plimoth Plantation’s Executive Director. “We are grateful to all whose generous support has enabled us to preserve those stories embodied in this historic ship.”

The ship left Mystic Seaport Museum’s Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard, where it was restored, on July 20, 2020 and was towed to New London’s City Pier. Led by Captain Whit Perry, Plimoth’s Director of Maritime Preservation and Operations, a crew of 27 conducted sea trials and sail training to ensure safe operation underway. On August 4, with Tropical Storm Isaias looming, Captain Perry moved the ship to New Bedford’s State Pier which afforded greater protection from the weather.

“Mayflower has performed exceptionally well underway, as has our fantastic sailing crew,” Perry said. “We are grateful for the warm reception and support we have received throughout our voyage, and we look forward to making our way home to Plymouth in the coming days.”

The ship’s penultimate stop will be to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, one of the Nation’s premier maritime colleges, where it is expected to arrive late in the day on August 8.

“Massachusetts Maritime Academy is proud to welcome Capt. Perry, the Mayflower II, and her crew to Taylor’s Point,” said Elizabeth Simmons, LP.D, Vice President of External Affairs. “Hosting the ship prior to her Plymouth arrival underscores the commitment that the Commonwealth’s Leadership University brings to maritime training and education.”

The public will not be able to board the ship at Mass Maritime, and it will not sail on August 9. On August 10, Mayflower will depart Mass Maritime under tow at approximately 8:45 a.m. and make its way through the Cape Cod Canal. There are several vantage points along the ship’s route down the canal.

Mayflower II’s Arrival to Plymouth Harbor

Once the ship is through the Cape Cod Canal, Captain Perry may set sail if weather conditions permit. The ship will be towed at times. As time and weather allow the ship will sail off the Gurnet at approximately 1:00 p.m. Following any sailing that may take place, Mayflower will make its way into Plymouth Harbor under tow, arriving to the State Pier at DCR’s Pilgrim Memorial State Park at approximately 3:00 p.m.

All times are approximate and subject to change based on weather, tide, wind and other factors that may impact the safety of the ship and the crew. Those wishing to track Mayflower can use the MarineTraffic app or website: Search for Mayflower and choose the US sailing vessel result.

Spectators at all points along the ship’s route and on the Plymouth waterfront are asked to be mindful of local regulations and to practice physical distancing and mask-wearing for the safety of others. Please follow Plimoth Plantation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for images and video throughout the day, including live video when possible. In the days following the ship’s arrival, we will post videos and photo galleries to enjoy. Visit for updated information on the ship’s journey and general museum visitation. To support the museum’s fundraising efforts for the restoration of Mayflower and her shallop, please visit or text MAYFLOWER to 313131.

Plimoth is grateful for the generous support of Mayflower’s homecoming journey lead sponsor Tech-Etch, as well as major supporters Coca-Cola, Mayflower Brewing Company, Howland Capital Management, Pathstone, RSM, ADT, Harbourtown Plymouth, Rogers & Gray, Cigna, G&G Silkscreen and Embroidery, and Tiny & Sons. For information on all sponsors, please visit

Coming Aboard the Newly Restored Mayflower II

Mayflower II, docked at her berth on Plymouth’s historic waterfront, will open to the public on August 12. In order to manage capacity and wellness protocols, tickets will be timed. Due to strong demand we encourage purchasing tickets in advance online at, beginning August 8. Masks or face coverings are required for all staff and visitors. Plimoth’s waterfront Museum Shops are stocked with Mayflower souvenirs and are open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as online at The Plimoth Grist Mill, located at 6 Spring Lane in Plymouth, is a 10-minute walk through Brewster Gardens along Town Brook and is also open for visitors!

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About Plimoth Plantation

Through powerful personal experiences of history, Plimoth Plantation tells the stories of the Wampanoag people and the English colonists who created a new society – in collaboration and in conflict – in the 1600s. Major exhibits include Mayflower, the historic Patuxet Wampanoag Homesite, the 17th-Century English Village, and the Plimoth Grist Mill. Located less than an hour’s drive south of Boston, and 15 minutes north of Cape Cod, the Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. A private, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational institution, the Museum is supported by admission fees, donations, memberships, and revenue from a variety of educational programming, dining and gift shops. Plimoth Plantation is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate and receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, private foundations, corporations, and local businesses. For more information, visit Follow the Museum on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and Mayflower on Facebook and Instagram.

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. Please check the Mayflower website for updates. 

May 21, 2020

Pilgrim Memorial State Park, Plymouth, MA

Line the shores of Plymouth Harbor to give Mayflower II, our beloved, newly-restored national icon an incredible welcome! Check the event website, or for more details.

A historical reenactment of a 1646 event in which Privateers anchored in Plymouth Harbor and gave an economic boost to the town. Family-oriented, living history.

Pirates Ashore! will take place on May 16, 2020 at the Mayflower Society House, 4 Winslow Street, Plymouth, and the Plymouth Waterfront. Based on the 1646 visit of English privateer Captain Thomas Cromwell and his 80 “lusty men”, we reenact this tumultuous month-long period in Plymouth history. The Gard is joined by three pirate crews: the Crew of the Raven, the Free Men of the Sea, and the Crew of the Mermayde for a romp that includes – landing of the Pirates on the shallop Elizabeth Tilley, drunken sailors making scenes at Cole’s Ordinary, sword fights, and the murder trial of the privateer captain. This is our biggest and best event of the year. In the words of Governor William Bradford: “They continued here about a month or 6 weeks,… in which time they spent and scattered a great deal of money among the people, and yet more sin (I fear)  than money, notwithstanding all the care and watchfulness that was used towards them to prevent what might be.” Sponsored by the Mayflower Society.

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