About Mayflower Day
Date When Celebrated: Mayflower Day is always observed on September 16
Mayflower Day celebrates the date the Mayflower sailed from Plymouth, England to America. On September 16, 1620, 102 men, women, and children set sail from Plymouth, England. Their destination was the New World, where they could have religious freedom, and continue using their native language, culture, and customs. Every Mayflower Day, we commemorate these brave, early settlers. They were the very first immigrants and helped to pave the way for millions more to follow, in search of freedom and the dreams and promises of a New World.
Have a very happy Mayflower Day.
Key Facts About the Mayflower
- The Mayflower set sail from Plymouth England on September 16, 1620.
- The Pilgrims were headed to the settlement in Virginia. They had an agreement to settle there.
- The voyage took 66 days. They landed at Plymouth Rock on December 21, 1621.
- 102 passengers were on board. This included three pregnant women. One of these women gave birth just before landing.
- On November 21, 1620, the passengers signed the Mayflower Compact, which set forth the rules of governance of the fledgling colony.
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History and Origin of Mayflower Day
There is a lot of information, writing, and stories about the Mayflower. And we certainly know all about its departure from England, its voyage to the New World, and its famous landing.
But, we know little about the Mayflower Day holiday. Obviously, we know why this day was created. But, we do not know who created or even when.
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