September 16 is notable for many reasons; it’s the birth date of the legendary B.B. King, the day that the Cape Verde Islands officially joined the United Nations, and it’s the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer.
Here in Plymouth, Massachusetts, September 16 is important because it’s the date that the Pilgrims left Plymouth, England on the Mayflower and began their journey to the New World in 1620.
Some history books state that the pilgrims left England on September 6, 1620, and this is, indeed, true as well. Why? Because the Pilgrims at the time were using the Julian Calendar, and according to their calendars, they left on September 6. However, we no longer use the Julian Calendar, and it’s ten days behind our current calendar, the Gregorian Calendar, thus putting their departure date at September 16.
September 16 is also important because it’s the day we’re choosing the winner of our Instagram contest! Don’t forget to enter your favorite photo of Plymouth, and you could win a free Plymouth 400 license plate!
Check out some of our favorite entries from this week:
Clockwise from top left: @nikkiusherr, @andykrause, @kdon715, @kmccune, @nmercer1213, @seeplymouth, @joleenfc