Today is Mayflower Day! Mayflower Day celebrates the date 102 men, women, and children set sail on the Mayflower from Plymouth, England in 1620. Their destination was the New World, where they sought religious freedom and the freedom to use their native language, culture, and customs. The voyage took 66 days before they landed at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts on December 21, 1621.
The Mayflower set sail on 16th September 1620 from Plymouth, UK, to voyage to America. But its history and story start long before that.
Its passengers were in search of a new life – some seeking religious freedom, others a fresh start in a different land. They would go on to be known as the Pilgrims and influence the future of the United States of America in ways they could never have imagined.
This story isn’t just about the Mayflower’s passengers though. It’s about the people who already lived in America and the enormous effect the arrival of these colonists would have on Native Americans and the land they had called home for centuries.
More than 30 million people can trace their ancestry to the 102 passengers and approximately 30 crew aboard the Mayflower when it landed in Plymouth Bay, Massachusetts, in the harsh winter of 1620.
Mayflower II, Plimoth’s full-scale reproduction of the tall ship that brought the Pilgrims to Plymouth in 1620 has finally returned to her berth at State Pier in Pilgrim Memorial State Park to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ arrival on New England’s shores!