Mayflower Sails 2020 announced that tickets are available for its free six-day maritime festival where Mayflower II will sail into Boston Harbor escorted by the USS Constitution on May 14.
History will come to life on board the ship and at the Charlestown Navy Yard from May 14 to May 19 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the historic trans-Atlantic voyage in 1620 and celebrate the restoration of Plimoth Plantation’s reproduction of the original ship. Mayflower Sails 2020 has announced Liberty Mutual Insurance as its presenting partner for the event.
“Liberty Mutual is proud to support and commemorate this enduring symbol of freedom and possibility,” said Dennis Langwell, President, Global Risk Solutions, Liberty Mutual Insurance. “Like the Mayflower, Liberty Mutual exists to help people embrace today and confidently pursue tomorrow.”
The event is FREE, but tours aboard Mayflower II will be ticketed: tickets are required to board the ship and are now available on MayflowerSails2020.com, where visitors can also sign up for a newsletter to be the first to learn about exciting updates. Event updates will also be provided on all social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
To celebrate the ticket launch, Mayflower Sails 2020 is also holding a contest through Feb. 27, 2020, for one person and a guest to win a once-in-a-lifetime VIP sail on Mayflower II in Boston Harbor during the event; for more details and to sign up to win, visit MayflowerSails2020.com.
Music and entertainment will also be a prominent feature of the festival: iHeartMedia Boston’s Kiss 108, 100.7 WZLX, 101.7 The Bull and WBZ NewsRadio 1030 will present “Rock the Dock,” a series of seven acts over the course of the six days – more details to be released.
A ticketed gala to support the completion of the ship’s restoration will be held Thursday, May 14, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in a dockside tent next to Mayflower, featuring dinner and dancing. Additional information on tickets, notable speakers and attendees will be available in the coming weeks and for more information, please email [email protected].
Mayflower II – built in the mid-1950s in Brixham, England, and intended as a gift to the people of the United States from the people of England following World War II – arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts on June 13, 1957 and was greeted by over 25,000 people who lined the shores of the town’s harbor. Since then, more than 25 million people have stepped aboard the ship. In 2014, Mayflower’s owner Plimoth Plantation, the acclaimed history museum, committed to an extensive restoration project at Mystic Seaport Museum to ensure the ship would remain seaworthy and able to fulfill her educational mission for decades to come. Following two winters of initial work and preparation at Mystic Seaport, Mayflower left Plymouth for three continuous years of restoration work in November 2016. With the majority of the project completed, she was re-christened and launched in a ceremony attended by thousands on September 7, 2019.