Announced by the Provincetown 400 Task Force, the visit is slated for September 7 to September 14, 2020. The iconic ship – a major exhibit of Plimoth Plantation – is a full-scale reproduction of the sailing vessel on which the English Colonists arrived in 1620. Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum (PMPM) oversees Provincetown 400 commemoration activities that include events, programs and fundraising to promote awareness of the arrival of the Mayflower Pilgrims and their interactions with the Wampanoag nation. The word commemoration is used regarding the quadricentennial to recognize the importance of the relationship between the colonists and the Wampanoag nation.
“We expect thousands to come to Provincetown to visit Mayflower II and to learn about the beginning of the Pilgrims’ story. It began here in Provincetown where they established the first governing document of the colonists known as the Mayflower Compact,” said Dr. K. David Weidner, Executive Director of the PMPM. “Mayflower II’s visit will be one of the highlights of the 400th anniversary commemoration and is made possible through a partnership with Plimoth Plantation, and for that we are very thankful.”
“Mayflower II, a living memorial to the Pilgrims, was intended as a gift from the people of England to the people of America to honor the UK/USA alliance during World War II,” said Ellie Donovan, Executive Director of Plimoth Plantation, “This historic ship has an exciting educational mission and we are delighted to be working with Provincetown 400 on this commemoration.”
Mayflower II is tentatively scheduled to arrive in Provincetown Harbor on or about Monday, September 7, 2020 and to depart on Monday, September 14, 2020, pending circumstances of weather, tide or other reason that may reasonably interfere with the safe transport of the vessel. During the visit, Mayflower II will be the setting of the historical re-enactment of the Signing of the Mayflower Compact in Provincetown Harbor in 1620. This re-enactment will enable the public to witness the history that happened in Provincetown waters in 1620. Throughout the week, Mayflower II will be open for public visitation.
Other activities planned for Provincetown 400 include a signature event that the PMPM and the Town of Provincetown is hosting for the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD) during its 2020 Congress beginning on Friday, September 11, 2020. The commemorative event for GSMD will occur on Sunday morning, September 13, 2020 with a Memorial Service and Wreath Laying in the harbor, followed by a luncheon and program at the base of the Pilgrim Monument.
Photo courtesy of Plimouth Plantation