Commemorating the Pilgrims’ First Landing in Provincetown

The year 2020 will mark the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower crossing to this land. The decisions that were made and connections fostered were critical to the foundation of this country.

That story starts here, in Provincetown, Massachusetts when 41 Pilgrims spent their first five weeks exploring Cape Cod and the signing of the Mayflower Compact…the catalyst for American democracy.

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First Landing in Provincetown

In November 1620 in Provincetown Harbor, 41 Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower from Europe agreed to “Covenant and Combine [them]selves together in a Civil Body Politic, for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid.”

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Leadership: Committed to 2020 and Beyond

In 2017, the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum (PMPM) assumed responsibility for the oversight of Provincetown 400 and established a Task Force to carry out the initiatives associated with the commemorative events.

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Mission: Significance of the Region

Provincetown 400’s mission is to improve the quality of life of residents and the visitor experience, and to grow the economic and environmental vitality of Provincetown and Cape Cod by showcasing the historic and cultural significance of the region. 

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See What’s Planned for 2020

The year 2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the 1620 voyage from Plymouth, U.K. to the New World where the Mayflower Pilgrims first landed in what is now known as Provincetown, MA and signed the Mayflower Compact. After five weeks of exploration of Cape Cod, they set sail once more to establish of Plymouth Colony in Plymouth, MA. These internationally significant events mark the beginning of American democracy. Democratic values of liberty, justice and freedom of expression resonate through four centuries of our nation’s history and embody the fabric of Provincetown’s identity.

Join us as we tell this story both from the Pilgrim and Wampanoag perspectives and celebrate 400 years of Provincetown’s rich history.

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Stay Connected as We Approach 2020

Provincetown 400 is committed to honoring the historic and cultural highlights of the last 400 years in Provincetown and the Outer Cape through the themes of Self-governance, Freedom of Expression, and Democratic Values. We will keep the stories alive so we may remember and learn from them. We are excited to be organizing the 400th commemoration of the first landing of the Pilgrims and the signing of the MayflowerCompact in 2020.

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