Thanksgiving Day in America's Hometown
Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
From 9am-5pm visit Pilgrim Hall Museum and Plimoth Plantation, Mayflower II and Plymouth Rock, National Monument to the Forefathers, Jabez Howland House & more! 10am - “The Pilgrim Progress” Procession A reenactment of the Pilgrims’ march to their original church site followed by a short worship service. This annual Thanksgiving Procession begins at the Mayflower Society House at the foot of North Street. Costumed participants, representing the 51 Pilgrim survivors of the first, harsh winter of 1620/1621 assemble to the beat of a drum, march down North Street, past Plymouth Rock, up Leyden Street and to the top of Burial Hill, the site of the first fort where Pilgrims met for worship. Psalms sung are taken from "The Book of Psalms" by Henry Ainsworth, which was actually used by the Pilgrims in Holland and in Plymouth. Passages read by Elder Brewster are selected from Gov. William Bradford’s "Of Plymouth Plantation." After the brief service, the participants descend the hill and travel north along Main Street through the downtown back to the Mayflower Society House. 12 Noon - National Day of (American Indian) Mourning Ceremonies Participants honor Native ancestors and their struggles. Held at the Massasoit Statue on Cole’s Hill (Water Street) For more information visit www.uaine.org or www.pilgrimhall.org/daymourn.htm .