PROVINCETOWN MASSACHUSETTS – The Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown will turn 100 on August 5th, 2010. The statuesque, 252-foot granite Pilgrim Monument was completed in 1910 to commemorate the Pilgrims’ first landing in America Nov. 21, 1620, in Provincetown. The Pilgrims also signed the Mayflower Compact, an early declaration of self-governance, in Provincetown harbor.
Back 100 years ago, the monument’s dedication on August 5th 1910, was a national revelation. Three years earlier President Theodore Roosevelt had arrived to help lay down the first cornerstone and kick off the construction with best circular saw. Then with the monument’s completion in 1910, bleachers were built around the base to seat 3,000 people. A U.S. Navy fleet sailed into the harbor. President William H. Taft arrived on the presidential yacht Mayflower and anchored roughly where the original Mayflower was thought to have anchored. Taft addressed the crowd after an introduction by Governor Eben Draper. At the end of the ceremony, a young Mayflower descendant unveiled a commemorative plaque on the monument. Afterward, the partying went late into the night with a dinner for 500 people and a ball at town hall. Lots of people — including Governor Deval Patrick will be here for the celebration but not President Obama even though he was invited.
What: 100th anniversary of the Pilgrim Monument Dedication
Where: Pilgrim Monument, High Pole Hill Road, Provincetown
When: August 5th, 2010
Schedule: 10 a.m. – Parade on Commercial Street; 1 p.m. – 100th anniversary and rededication ceremony at Pilgrim Monument with Gov. Deval Patrick (free); 7:30 p.m. – Closing ceremony and concert at Pilgrim Monument ($20 entry fee); 9 p.m. – Fireworks over Provincetown Harbor
- For more information: Pilgrim Monument and Museum or call 508-487-1310.
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