On Forefathers’ Day, Americans celebrate their heritage. It has always been important for the population to know where they came from, to honor their ancestors, to thank them for being in their place. Find out more about the date!
Plymouth, located in Massachusetts, is proudly called the city where America was born. It was here that in 1620 the Mayflower ship arrived with future settlers from England. By the way, there were originally two ships, but one of them leaked while still in a British port. Pilgrims in the amount of 102 people fit on one. The conditions were not the best: there were no toilets, and because of the terrible basic hygiene, an epidemic arose that claimed the lives of several people on the ship. Despite the difficulties, the team reached their destination and established a colony.
The holiday was founded by the descendants of the pilgrim fathers to honor their boldness, determination and courage. Leaving home in search of a better life for yourself and your family is not so easy, but for the sake of a happy future, they managed to do it. Initially, the “Old Colony Club” appeared in 1769, then a separate date was already formed. Mass celebrations took place only in the 1880s.
Did you know that:
- out of 102 people there were only 19 women. During the journey to the future America, two children were born on the ship;
- the Mayflower Agreement, the first prototype of a constitution, was signed on board;
- when the captain of the ship was gone, the ship was dismantled into boards;
- in fact, the settlers initially sailed not to Plymouth, but to Cape Cod, but they were not inspired by these lands, and besides, there were many Indians here.
How to celebrate
Explore the history of a superpower country on Forefathers’ Day! Mark important and interesting points, discuss with others. Throw an ancestral party and invite your friends over. Participate in city events, visit a museum, exhibitions…
When is Forefathers’ Day celebrated in 2022?
Forefathers’ Day is observed on December 22 each year.