The Opening Ceremony of the Plymouth 400 Commemoration will be unlike any event in our lifetime! We will be kicking off Plymouth 400 in grand style with a procession (stepping off at 10:30AM at the intersection of Lincoln and Sandwich Street) through downtown Plymouth that will be local, national, and international in scope.
Led by the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, America’s premiere fife and drum corp, this historic procession representing 400 years of history will include veterans and active-duty military, prestigious historic military units, Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, and the Honourable Artillery Company of London, Pilgrim descendant groups, renowned college and high school drum corps along with military drum corp units, reenactment groups including the New Plimoth Gard, the Salem Trayned Band, the Pisquatau Scouts, the Kentish Guards, the Golds Dragoons, and more!
The procession will lead to Memorial Hall for the indoor portion of the event featuring speakers, dignitaries, military demonstrations, and live performances. This is a ticketed event and limited seats will be available for advanced purchase. Keep an eye on Plymouth400inc.org and watch our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages for updates on tickets which are expected to be available in late February. The one and a half hour event will feature historical content, music by the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra and a Plymouth student chorus, visual narratives, spoken perspectives from Wampanoag leaders, and national and international dignitaries to create a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle. The Plymouth 400 Legacy Time Capsule will be introduced, and the first items will be placed inside by special guests. Honoring the past and celebrating the future, each of the commemoration themes – exploration, innovation, self-governance, religious expression, immigration, and thanksgiving – will be presented in creative ways. Invited participants include state and federal officials, representatives of the UK, The Netherlands, colony partners, and many more.