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 such as Tops in Blue.
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. In addition to a food festival (with an entrance fee) and craft tent where visitors can do some early Christmas shopping and taste the best restaurant samplings from the area, the following educational and historic activities take place:
On Saturday night a Drum and Bugle Corps reunion features the best of the patriotic music from the post-World War II era. An explanation of some aspect of the history of Drum and Bugle Corps takes place during the evening, as well as an explanation of each unit and their unique accomplishments. Memorial Hall is filled with those who gather to hear their favorite Corps that demonstrates loyalty and commitment to American values. There is a fee for entry into this evening of instruction and entertainment.
In addition to the major weekend’s festivities, throughout the year America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration One of our goals for the future is to restore the Wax Museum that once told the Pilgrim Story to thousands of visitors all year round. Plans are underway that would allow us to tell this story again in the unique way that it was told for years in Plymouth as we prepare for the largest celebration of the 21st century here in Plymouth in 2020.conducts other historic tours as well as featuring our historic floats that demonstrate craftsmanship and allowing history to come alive as opportunities avail themselves.
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