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, and to thank them for being in their place. Here is more information about this special day.
Plymouth, Massachusetts, is proudly known as the city where America was born. In 1620, the Mayflower ship arrived there with future settlers from England. Originally, there were two ships, but one of them leaked while in a British port. Consequently, 102 people had to squeeze into a single ship. The conditions weren’t great; there were no toilets, and due to the poor hygiene, an epidemic broke out on the ship, claiming the lives of several people. Despite the difficulties, the team eventually reached their destination and established a colony.
The holiday was founded by the descendants of the pilgrim fathers to honor their courage, determination, and boldness. It is not easy to leave home in search of a better life for oneself and one’s family, but the settlers managed to do it for the sake of a happy future. The Old Colony Club was first established in 1769, and later a separate date was formed for the celebration. Mass celebrations did not begin until the 1880s.
- Out of the 102 people, there were only 19 women. Two children were born on the ship during the journey to America.
- 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.
- The settlers initially set out for Cape Cod, not Plymouth. They weren’t inspired by these lands, and there were also many Indians there.
How to take part
Explore the history of the United States on Forefathers’ Day! Mark important and interesting points, discuss them with others. Throw an ancestral party and invite your friends over. Participate in city events, visit museums and exhibitions.
When is Forefathers’ Day celebrated in 2023?
Forefathers’ Day is observed on December 22 each year.