Mayflower 2020 is a celebration of the sailing of the Mayflower 400 years ago in 1620. For some the voyage was to seek religious freedom, for others it was seeking a new life, for adventure and for work. In all these 132 passengers and crew left England for the New World, with a brief stop in Dartmouth England for repairs. They were headed to Virginia, but were blown off course and ultimately landed just off Plymouth Massachusetts.
Realizing they were not where they expected to be they created an agreement, known as the Mayflower compact, to provide structure and a framework for a government once they went ashore. Aided by the Wampanoag Indian Nation the Pilgrims, both “Saints” and “Strangers”, worked together to create this new community. The Plymouth colony, the people and the Mayflower Compact became the foundation of the United States.
Mayflower 2020 celebrates not only the landing of the Mayflower, the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag tribe, but the legacy of the community. In addition to the Mayflower 2020 celebration, Dartmouth England is celebrating with the Mayflower 400th this summer. Mayflower colonies have been asked to contribute mini-flags to be used during the celebration. Members of the Stephen Hopkins colony are taking the flag below to represent our colony.
The General Society of Mayflower Descendants and its colonies are also commemorating this anniversary. Information about events can be found at https://www.themayflowersociety.org/2020-commemoration.
This link is to a good article about the second and final landfall of the Mayflower at Plymouth on December 18, 1620. In addition to the Mayflower landing, there are links to several other articles of possible interest.