Annual Lighting

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.

The 2019 lighting ceremony took place on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 from 5pm-7pm at the Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum (PMPM). 2019’s lighting officially kicked off the one year countdown until Provincetown 400’s spectacular fireworks show, which commemorates the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ First Landing in 1620 and the extensive history and culture of the Wampanoag people.

Every year, people from near and far come to this iconic event to witness the Monument festooned with more than 3,100 “landing lights” which shine nightly through January 6 of the following year.

This year’s Annual Lighting was live-streamed on the PMPM Facebook page:


Support the Annual Lighting

For a small donation, you can help support the traditional lighting of the Pilgrim Monument.
The list of sponsors and their dedications will be displayed in the Provincetown Museum in-season and on our website throughout the year. We encourage those who have donated to the Lighting in the past to continue to do so as well as all members and friends of the organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Click HERE to donate online.