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Mayflower Day

On Mayflower Day, honor the brave Pilgrims who set sail on a journey of hope and opportunity that would shape American history forever.
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Get ready to set sail on a historical journey as we celebrate Mayflower Day on September 16! This day commemorates the voyage of the famous ship, the Mayflower, which brought the Pilgrims to the New World in 1620. The journey was filled with challenges and hardships, but it ultimately led to the establishment of Plymouth Colony and shaped American history as we know it today. So let's take a moment to honor and appreciate this significant event while also reflecting on our own journeys and adventures in life. Happy Mayflower Day!

History of Mayflower Day

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Mayflower Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1620</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Mayflower Sets Sail</div><div class='timeline-text'>On September 16, 1620, the Mayflower departed from Plymouth, England, carrying 102 passengers seeking religious freedom in the New World.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1620</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Mayflower's Arrival</div><div class='timeline-text'>In November of the same year, the Mayflower reached Provincetown Harbor where the Mayflower Compact was signed.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1621</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Thanksgiving</div><div class='timeline-text'>Pilgrims and Native Americans shared a feast of thanks, often regarded as the first Thanksgiving, in the autumn of 1621.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1863</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Thanksgiving Becomes a Holiday</div><div class='timeline-text'>President Abraham Lincoln announced that the final Thursday in November would be celebrated as a national day of thanksgiving in honor of the Pilgrims.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1957</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Mayflower II Launch</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Mayflower II, a replica of the original Mayflower ship, was launched. It now resides in Plymouth, Massachusetts as a symbol of our nation's beginnings.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Mayflower Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Take a trip to Plymouth, Massachusetts</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Mayflower Day commemorates the day the Pilgrims set sail on the Mayflower in 1620. What better way to celebrate than by visiting the historic town of Plymouth, where you can see a replica of the ship and learn about its journey.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a Thanksgiving-themed dinner</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>The Mayflower may be most famous for bringing the Pilgrims to the New World, but it also carried the first Thanksgiving feast. Celebrate Mayflower Day by hosting a dinner with traditional Thanksgiving dishes like turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Watch a movie or documentary about the Mayflower</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>There are many films and documentaries that tell the story of the Mayflower and its passengers. Gather some friends or family and have a movie night to learn more about this important event in American history.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Read a book about the Mayflower</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Expand your knowledge about the Mayflower and its journey by reading a book about it. There are many books available for both children and adults, making it a perfect activity for the whole family to enjoy.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create a Mayflower-themed craft</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Get creative and make a Mayflower-inspired craft, such as a paper boat or a miniature replica of the ship. This is a fun and hands-on way to celebrate Mayflower Day and learn more about this important piece of history.</p></div></div>

Why We Love Mayflower Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It commemorates a pivotal event in American history</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Mayflower Day celebrates the arrival of the Pilgrims to the New World and their impact on shaping America. It's a reminder of our roots and how far we have come as a nation.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It brings people together</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Mayflower Day is an opportunity for family and friends to gather, share a meal, and reflect on our shared history. It's a chance to strengthen bonds and create new memories with loved ones.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It promotes gratitude and perseverance</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The Pilgrims faced many challenges during their journey to the New World, yet they remained steadfast in their beliefs. Mayflower Day serves as a reminder to be grateful for our blessings and to persevere through difficult times.</p></div></div>

5 Uncharted Facts for Mayflower Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Mayflower was not the first English ship to reach America</h3><p class='facts-content'>Though the Mayflower’s voyage stands out in history, it was not the first English ship to reach America. This milestone was achieved in 1585 when the ship 'Tiger' reached Roanoke Island, current North Carolina.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The journey on the Mayflower was treacherous</h3><p class='facts-content'>The two-month journey across the Atlantic Ocean was filled with treacherous conditions. There were fierce storms and waves so large they blew a young man named John Howland overboard. Miraculously, he was rescued and survived.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Only two people died during the actual voyage</h3><p class='facts-content'>While the first winter in the New World was deadly with half the passengers perishing, only two people died during the actual voyage itself – one passenger and one crew member.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The group aboard The Mayflower consisted of "Saints" and "Strangers"</h3><p class='facts-content'>The 102 passengers of the Mayflower were grouped into two categories: the Saints, who were religious separatists seeking a new home to preserve their Christian lifestyle, and the Strangers, who were adventurers, merchants, and traders looking for new opportunities.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Mayflower used to be a merchant ship</h3><p class='facts-content'>Before its historic journey, the Mayflower was designed to ferry wine and goods, not passengers. The ship was approximately 12 years old when it was refurbished for the voyage to New England.</p></div></div>

Mayflower Day FAQs

When is Mayflower Day?

Mayflower Day is celebrated on September 16th every year. In 2024 Mayflower Day will occur on a Monday.

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