Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument commemorates Ptown as “America’s First Destination”


PROVINCETOWN, Mass. – For an unforgettable Thanksgiving treat, dip your toes into Provincetown Harbor, the first landing spot of the Pilgrims. Provincetown is the perfect place for mixing the quintessential New England atmosphere with fine dining and lodging at the tip of Cape Cod. Join festivities at the Annual Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 5-7 p.m., at the Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum (PMPM).
“There is no better place to step back into history around Thanksgiving than in Provincetown,” said Provincetown Director of Tourism, Anthony Fuccillo. “The journey and sacrifice nearly 400 years ago has left all Americans with something for which we are all thankful.”
The ceremony, which commemorates the Pilgrims’ First Landing in the New World in Provincetown on Nov. 11, 1620, attracts throngs of visitors each year, to witness the Monument draped in more than 3,100 “landing lights.” The lights shine nightly through Jan. 5, 2016, symbolizing the approximate amount of time of the Pilgrims’ first visit in Provincetown.
Thanksgiving in Provincetown celebrates the 102 Pilgrim newcomers who drafted and unanimously adopted the Mayflower Compact, America’s first declaration of equality and justice for what is known today as American Democracy. For nearly 400 years, the same spirit of freedom and independence has endured as the hallmark of the town known as America’s First Destination.
The Pilgrim Monument can be seen from nearly everywhere in Ptown and the far reaches of the Cape, reminding residents and visitors alike they are walking in the footsteps of proud tribes and those who have arrived since 1620. Visitors can take the 10-minute climb up its 116 steps and 60 ramps, pausing along the way to have a look at the 175 plaques adorning the inside of the structure, which mark the contributions of several towns formerly comprising Plymouth Colony that donated stones for the Monument’s construction.
The Annual Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument is just the beginning of an event-filled Ptown holiday weekend. Following a Thanksgiving Day of quality time spent with family and friends, either at a quaint home or a cozy dining spot at one of Provincetown’s first-rate restaurants, visitors can roll the dice at the Provincetown Business Guild Casino Night, Friday, Nov. 27, at the Crown & Anchor. Townies and visitors try their hands at a variety of games like Blackjack, Roulette, Money Wheel, and more, at this can’t-miss fundraising event.
To kick off the holiday season, another special lighting ceremony takes place Saturday, Nov. 28, in what is known as the “Lighting of the Provincetown Lobster Pot Tree.” Stacked with more than 100 real lobster pots loaned by local lobstermen, the twinkling tree rises up over two stories and is lit with thousands of holiday lights. Be on hand for the countdown as the giant tree topper is lifted and then lowered onto this most unique “tree” in the town’s center.
For more information about the Annual Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument, visit To view a year-round schedule of events in Ptown and to visit the new #myptown online gallery, check out A complete directory of town businesses and attractions and a calendar of the year’s events can also be found on the iPtown app, available on both iTunes and Google Play.