History of America's Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration
An Educational Endeavor in Portraying the Unique Story of the Pilgrims and their Legacy in American History by Dr. Paul Jehle; Education Director and Historic Consultant
The week prior to the celebration and on the Friday of that weekend, historic tours of Plymouth and her monuments are offered to the public free of charge by Education Director Dr. Paul Jehle. The purpose of these tours is to teach tourists and visitors the Pilgrim story, explaining the purpose, meaning and significance of Plymouth’s monuments.
On Friday night each year, a free Veterans Memorial Concert is given to honor all who have served in our Armed Forces. Not only is there entertainment from the best groups in the nation. Friday Night will also feature an illumination event in collaboration with the Plymouth 400.
On Saturday morning, the opening ceremony of our parade symbolically portrays the faith of the Pilgrims with the lighting of a candle and a brief explanation of the 400th anniversary of our Pilgrim forbears leading up to 2020. In addition, an explanation of the historic nature of our parade is told both on the waterfront as well as in studio on a live broadcast on local cable television. In this way, throughout the entire parade as it passes by the waterfront staging area, people are being instructed on the chronological history of America as it “floats” by them.
Following the parade on Saturday, and during the day on Sunday, a feast of historic education awaits all who visit the waterfront: