Annual Lighting

Let it Shine in 2013

The Annual Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument, which celebrates the Pilgrims’ First Landing in the New World in Provincetown on November 11, 1620, is one of Cape Cod’s most beautiful traditions and one that is supported by PMPM’s members and friends.


This year’s honorees will be Provincetown’s distinguished Fishing Community – current and past – who will be recognized as we  “throw the switch.”

“Building upon this year’s acclaimed exhibition, Fleet’s In, and our participation in the Portuguese Festival and Blessing of the Fleet programs, we are proud to dedicate this year’s Lighting Event to the fishing community of Provincetown and the Outer Cape,” said John McDonagh, PMPM Executive Director.  “Provincetown’s relationship with the sea is both indelible and perpetual, but the whaling and the fishing industries that began in the nineteenth century brought significant commerce, prosperity and people to this location.  The people who came – mostly from mainland Portugal, the Azores and Cape Verde Islands – stayed and succeeding generations contributed to the vibrant cultural fabric that is a hallmark of Provincetown.”

 “Fishing is hard and dangerous work, demanding a certain kind of person,” said Chris King of Cape Tip Seafood and a Member of the Provincetown Fisherman’s Memorial Committee.  “We became the backbone of this community and in spite of a much-dwindled fleet, we remain proud of our heritage. It’s interesting that the Monument Lighting will salute this heritage inasmuch the Monument was a critical landmark for many of us when returning home.”

 The Monument invites all fisherman and their families to be honored at this year’s Lighting, which will also feature the Provincetown Fisherman’s Memorial model by Romolo Del Deo.  Interested families wishing to include current or former Fishermen in the salute are encouraged to call John McDonagh, Executive Director, 508-487-1310, to assure their names are included.

 Hundreds of people come to this iconic event each year to witness the Monument festooned with more than 3,100 “landing lights” which shine nightly through January 6, 2014.  Admission is free, and refreshments will be provided by the Provincetown Business Guild and entertainment by Peter Donnelly and John Thomas will be offered.     

For a small donation, you can help support the traditional lighting of the Pilgrim Monument. The official Lighting Ceremony will take place on November 27, 2013 from 5-7pm at the Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum(PMPM).


The list of sponsors and their dedications will be displayed in the Provincetown Museum and on our website throughout the 2013/2014 season. We hope those who have donated to the Lighting in the past will continue to do so as members of the organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

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