The Provincetown 400 Opening Ceremony scheduled for Friday, April 24, 2020 has been postponed. It is now scheduled for Friday, June 26, but is subject to change.

Most of us were taught in elementary school about a group of Separatists that left England in 1620, seeking religious freedom and the ability to live life the way they wanted. We learned their destination was Virginia, but storms sent them to Massachusetts instead and a certain rock gained fame. They made some new friends and shared one of the most infamous meals in history.

Irrespective of the traditions and what today’s Thanksgiving holiday means to many, our aim at the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum (PMPM) is to present a more accurate portrayal of the events that happened 400 years ago. There is more to the Mayflower Pilgrims’ story than leaving England, arriving in Plymouth and breaking bread in thanks. The PMPM team works daily to educate and commemorate the multifaceted origins and events of the Mayflower Pilgrims’ landing in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the lasting democratic impact of the Mayflower Compact, and the rich and storied history of Provincetown. The upcoming 400th anniversary is a huge opportunity to share this larger story and the impactful, historical moments in between the Pilgrims leaving, arriving and eating.

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