Pilgrim Forefather's Day
About Pilgrim Forefather's Day
When is Pilgrim Forefather's Day? This holiday is always observed on December 21
Forefather’s Day commemorates the pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock in 1620. They left for the New World, to escape religious persecution. After a late fall start, the Mayflower set sail from England and landed at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts just before Christmas. This holiday is celebrated largely in New England. If you are not from New England, chances are you this is the first you have heard of Forefather’s Day.
The pilgrims originally set sail from England in two ships, the Speedwell and the Mayflower. The Speedwell leaked so badly, that they were forced to return to England, Ultimately, they all crammed into the Mayflower, and set sail from Plymouth, England. It was much later than they had planned. Strong fall west winds also delayed their arrival in the New World. Finally, on December 21, 1620 they landed.
How to Celebrate Pilgrim Forefather's Day
- Read about the pilgrim and Plymouth Rock.
- If you’ve never been to Plymouth Rock, plan a trip with the family. It doesn’t have to be now. Rather, plan the trip for next summer when the weather is warm.
- Make a meal fit for the original pilgrims. Make it a teaching moment for your kids.
“If you tell me the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” – – Mark Twain
History and Origin of Pilgrim Forefather's Day
Pilgrims’ Forefather’s Day was first celebrated in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1769, over 140 years after the pilgrims landed there. A group of descendants gathered to have a feast in honor of the pilgrims. This group shared a meal together, which included many native American delicacies.
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