This holiday is celebrated on the 16th of September. Mayflower Day commemorates the day that the Mayflower set sail across the Atlantic from Plymouth, England, to America.
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Why Mayflower Day?
It is a reminder of the past of the United States. Mayflower was the vessel that carried the founding fathers to the New England colony that led to the current United States. The day reminds us of the many events before, during, and after the colony’s and it established in 1620.
It’s a chance to go to a museum of history. Going to a history museum is a great way to mark the day and an opportunity to witness the historical journey.
It can help us be motivated to look forward.
The Mayflower ship’s journey has inspired us! The historical event of the ship’s voyage, as well as the subsequent events, often serve as inspiration for the future.
On the 16th of September, 1620, 102 people or women and children embarked in the direction of Plymouth, England. The destinations were in the New World, where they could enjoy religious freedom and keep their traditional culture, language, and traditions.
Each year on Mayflower Day, we commemorate the brave and early settlers. They were the first to arrive, and they made it possible for many others to follow, seeking freedom and dreams and hopes of the New World.
How to observe Mayflower Day?
It is a day to remember of brave and brave individuals including women, men, and children who travelled across the ocean to America for a chance to flee to the New World. They were seeking the freedom to live their culture, language, and traditions. They were the very first immigrants to undertake an adventurous and risky trip across the ocean in search of a new home that other people could later be able to follow their footsteps to.
The day is observed in many ways. Most often, schools have planned days of celebrations on this day with enjoyable activities for families to take part in. Crafts and activities that resemble memories from the past and musical performances may be held. Communities celebrate local events with competitions, perhaps even smaller events and fun activities held on the square of the town to honor the bravery of the early settlers.
If you’re living in the Plymouth region, there are celebrations and events that celebrate the day. Pilgrim Hall Museum is the perfect place to visit on this day.
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Interesting facts about Mayflower Day:
- The Mayflower began its voyage in Plymouth, England, on September 16, 1620.
- The Pilgrims were heading to their settlement in Virginia, and they had signed an agreement to settle in the area.
- The voyage lasted 66 days. They arrived in Plymouth Rock on December 21, 1621.
- There were 102 passengers on board. The passengers included three pregnant women, and one of them was born just before the plane took off.
- On the 21st of November, 1620, the travelers agreed to sign the Mayflower Compact, which set the guidelines for governing the newly formed colony
History of Mayflower Day:
This day marks the date that the Mayflower set sail to the New World. William Bradford, a separatist leader, had recorded dates using the Julian calendar. The world used both the Gregorian and the Julian calendars at that time. The ten-day difference between the calendars accounts for the differences in dates in historical documents of the Mayflower’s departure from Plymouth, England.
The day is designated to honor the historical significance of the voyage that saw people from England seeking refuge travel across the ocean to establish a new state in the Promised Land that is the state of the current United States.
While the ship sailed to and then sank at today’s Cape Cod, Massachusetts, its initial destination was an area within and around the current location in that U.S., the state of Virginia. According to the historical accounts, turbulent sea conditions and storms stopped it from getting to the end of the line in Virginia and later docked in an area in the vicinity of the present-day Hudson River in what is today New York State.
The first 102 passengers on the Mayflower were guided by a group of English merchants referred to as London Adventurers. In one of their journals, most of the writing account of the voyage’s 66 days was taken.
Mayflower Day celebration serves as an opportunity to remember the past traveler’s journeys, as well as the vessel which has become a significant element of the development of the present-day United States.
One of the passengers who travelled on Mayflower. One of the travelers on the Mayflower boat, William Bradford, is considered to have been instrumental in establishing the tradition of self-government, which would later serve as the basis for the development of national politics in the years to follow through his introduction of town meetings and the franchise as the governor for 30 years in the Plymouth colony, where the passengers of the Mayflower were based and also one of the thirteen colonies which made up the current United States.