(Provincetown, Mass.) May 15, 2019 – Provincetown 400 today announced the schedule of events for 2019 through 2020 in connection with the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower Pilgrims first landing in the new world in Provincetown in 1620, where they signed the Mayflower Compact, the first governing document of colonial America. A week-long stay in Provincetown Harbor of the Mayflower II replica, re-enactments of the signing of the Mayflower Compact, and a visit by more than 2,000 Mayflower descendants are a few highlights of the 400th commemoration.
Provincetown 400 is overseen by the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, led by co-chairs Dr. K. David Weidner, PMPM Executive Director, and Lori Meads, President and CEO of Seamen’s Bank.
“We expect to welcome 500,000 new visitors to Provincetown for the 400th commemoration, and we want to offer them a great experience as they immerse themselves into the history of the Mayflower Pilgrims and their interaction with the native Wampanoag people,” said Dr. Weidner.
“We are actively seeking partners to help financially support this historic milestone so that we can show the world that Provincetown is a place where not only the Mayflower Pilgrims explored, but also where contemporary pilgrims come back to seek acceptance and freedom,” said Meads.
For information on events, tickets and sponsorships please visit: www.provincetown400.org
Provincetown 400 Timeline of Events
September 19 “A Night of Mayflower Comedy” Fundraiser with Jimmy Tingle
Place and Time TBD
November 11 102 Mayflower Passengers Dinner – Year Long Countdown to Nov. 2020
Place and Time TBD
April 24 Provincetown 400 Launch event in coordination with Plymouth 400
Morning event, location TBD
June – August Mayflower Compact re-enactments and historic talks at the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum
September 7-14 Mayflower Descendants Week (General Society of Mayflower Descendants-GSMD)
- Mayflower II in Provincetown Harbor featuring additional Mayflower Compact re-enactments (Ticketed event)
- September 12 – Gala event at the PMPM (Ticketed event)
- September 13 – GSMD Memorial wreath laying in the harbor, a re-enactment of the signing of the Mayflower Compact, followed by a march to the Monument and lunch with 2,000 GSMD members
- September 14 – Sunrise farewell to the Mayflower II as she sets sail for her return home to Plymouth, Mass.
November 11 Date when the Pilgrims landed in Provincetown and the 2020 Annual Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument with a spectacular fireworks display to music.
About Provincetown 400
Provincetown 400 was established to guide the town’s commemoration activities in recognition of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower Pilgrims, the signing of the Mayflower Compact, and to also share the story about the native peoples living here long before the Pilgrims landed. The Provincetown 400 Task Force is a committee of the board of the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum and includes members of the community who have been meeting regularly since early 2018. The Task Force Co-Chairs are Dr. K. David Weidner, Executive Director of the PMPM and Lori Meads, President and CEO, Seamen’s Bank.