A celebration 400 years in the making

Forefathers’ Day – December 22


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If you think 2020 has been hard, imagine 1620 aboard the Mayflower.

Forefathers’ Day was first celebrated on December 22, 1769 to commemorate the landing of the Pilgrims in Plymouth, Massachusetts on December 21, 1620, according to Wikipedia.

While this will be the 400th anniversary of the event, www.NationalDayCalendar.com says that “Two noted celebrations occurred 100 years apart. The first in 1820 when the Pilgrim Society held its first celebration at First Parish Church. Daniel Webster spoke movingly about the pilgrims. It was Webster’s moving speech that put Plymouth Rock into the patriotic spotlight. On Forefathers’ Day that year, he made it a landmark like had never been before.

“The largest Forefathers’ Day celebration took place in 1920 when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the day as Pilgrims’ Day on December 21, reflecting the more accepted conversion to the Gregorian calendar.”

Forefathers’ Day is celebrated all around the U.S.; but is mainly celebrated in Plymouth Massachusetts, where the pilgrims originally landed.

Almost 150 years after the Mayflower landed, the descendants of those aboard the ship formed the Old Colony Club to establish Forefathers Day in hopes to honor their forefathers and founders of our country.