Thursday, May 28, 2020

Updated Mayflower 400 Schedule

The revised schedule…

In 2020:

September 17, US Post Office will release the commemorative US stamp with an image of the Mayflower. There will be a ceremony in Plymouth, next to the Mayflower’s home berth on the waterfront.

Indigenous History Conference, Oct. 29-30: Slated to begin on Oct. 29 at Bridgewater State University, the conference is still scheduled as planned but will ultimately be determined by COVID-19 guidelines in the coming months. Plans for a virtual conference are being considered as an alternative to gathering in person.

Illuminate Thanksgiving 2020, Nov. 20-25: This annual tradition will be held as a virtual event with partners from four nations; the Netherlands, UK and Wampanoag tribes. Plymouth International Chorus, Plymouth UK and US public schools, One Small Candle award recipients, interviews, and performances will be included. Programming will be held during Thanksgiving week 2020. NBC10 and PACTV will facilitate the production and broadcast the virtual event. Depending upon public health data and guidelines at that time, some elements of Illuminate Thanksgiving, such as the Procession of Lights, may be held as a limited and appropriately distanced event.

In 2021:

Plymouth 400 Remembrance Ceremony, April 23, 2021: This ceremony will be held with visiting dignitaries and local and State officials to remember the Pilgrims and Wampanoag people of 1620 and their contributions and sacrifices. The ceremony will take place at significant monuments in Plymouth. Details for this event are still being formed.

Wampanoag Ancestors Walk, May 2021: The walk, originally scheduled for August of 2020, will be moved to May, 2021. Final date and details to come.

Official Maritime Salute to the 400th Anniversary, June 25-27, 2021: This large-scale Plymouth waterfront event planned for June 27 and 28 of 2020 has been moved to June 25-27 of 2021. An extra day has been added to include a 400th Anniversary ceremony to kick off the weekend.

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants Board of Assistants meeting, tentatively scheduled for September 7 -12 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. This will include a dedication ceremony for the bronze statue of William Bradford in the garden of the Mayflower House. 


Plymouth 400 Commemoration Opening Ceremony: The ceremony, originally scheduled for April 24, 2020, was cancelled. While it is not possible to recreate this event in its entirety, some elements of the ceremony will be incorporated into other events.

Official State House Salute to the 400th Anniversary: Originally scheduled to take place on Sept. 14, 2020, this event is cancelled, with consideration for September of 2021.

Embarkation Multicultural Festival: Originally scheduled for Sept. 19, 2020, this has been cancelled, with elements of the event added to other events.

Mayflower II in Provincetown, Massachusetts – September 10 – 14, Provincetown, Massachusetts. The planned events by the Provincetown Chamber of Commerce were cancelled and no new date has been set.  

See these links for more information:

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants:   

Plymouth 400 website:   

United Kingdom Mayflower 400 Events:  


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Updated Mayflower 400 Schedule", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 28, 2020, ( accessed [access date]). 

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