Thanksgiving Pilgrim Progress 2018

Are you planning a visit to Plymouth this Thanksgiving? 

If you are, then, as a Mayflower descendant, you and members of your family are invited to take part in the Pilgrim Progress. Participants, including local Plymouth citizens, Mayflower descendants and their guests from all walks of life, will dress in costume to represent one of the 51 Pilgrim survivors of that first winter in the New World. 

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The Pilgrim Progress on Thanksgiving is limited to only 51 participants to reanact the 51 survivors of the first winter, so Mayflower descendants interested in participating should please contact Cheryl Doherty as soon as possible by email at or by calling 508-224-2063.

Participants are asked to arrive at the Mayflower Society House at 8:30 am Thanksgiving morning where you will be matched with a Pilgrim to represent. Clothing is provided for those who do not have their own Pilgrim dress.

The Progress steps off at 10 am in costume and to the beat of a drum, the Pilgrim Progress will walk from North Street, moving down Water Street past Plymouth Rock, up Leyden Street and continue to Town Square. This historical walk re-creates the Pilgrims’ procession to church and will end at Burial Hill where a short Pilgrim worship service will take place at the site of the original fort/meeting house. 

If dressing up isn't your thing, all are welcome to attend the worship service in Burial Hill. First instituted in 1921 as a part of the Town's Tercentenary Celebration, the procession and service has become a town tradition. We would love to have you join us and be a part of history.

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All valuables, including cellphones and cameras, should be safely stored and locked in someone's car. Pilgrim Progress is not responsible for any lost or damage to items. There will be time for pictures before the Progress starts, but electronics are prohibited on the route.

Please keep in mind that you will be photographed by locals, tourists and media on the route. By participating, you give permission to be photographed as part of the group.

For more information, please contact Cheryl Doherty by email at or by calling 508-224-2063.


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