MAYFLOWER DAY – September 16

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Mayflower Day commemorates the day the ship set sail from Plymouth, England in 1620.

On September 16 of 1620, the Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, England with 102 souls on board. These colonists- men, women, children, some seeking fortune, some seeking religious freedom – were later known as pilgrims.

The colonists’ intended to land at Virginia. However, after 66 days at sea, storms and winds blew them off course. After spotting modern-day Cape Cod, the members of the Mayflower intended on exploring the mouth of the Hudson River. However, rough seas continued to plague the ship. They turned back and stayed at Cape Cod.

For the next few weeks, the Pilgrims explored Cape Cod and eventually settled on Plymouth for their plantation.

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Fun Fact…did you know there are a few other first settlements of note? While St. Augustine, Florida is the oldest still standing, Pensacola, Florida is the oldest non continuous settlement in America?


This day commemorates the day the Mayflower set sail for the New World. At the time, William Bradford, the separatist leader whose journal historians often reference for Mayflower history, recorded dates according to the Julian calendar.  At that point in history, both the Julian and the Gregorian (the calendar most often used today) were both in use. There is a 10-day difference between the two calendars, accounting for the different dates across historical accountings of the Mayflower’s departure from Plymouth, England.

HOW TO OBSERVE #MayflowerDay

Learn more about the journey of the Mayflower. Visit Plymouth Plantation and explore the history surrounding the Mayflower. Discovery more about the voyage and those who made the journey. Find out about their decisions and the making of the settlement. Read from their journals and walk in their footsteps. 

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