Join the celebration as the Pilgrim Monument turns 100 this Thursday

An unforgettable day of celebration planned to honor the monument
The Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown. Photo by Jane Booth.

The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum (PMPM) recently announced an exciting line up of events for the daylong celebration taking place on Thursday, August 5, 2010 in honor of the Pilgrim Monument’s 100th anniversary. 

The parade will kick-off the festivities at 10 a.m. leaving from the Cape Inn Resort and proceeding down Commercial Street to end at the Coast Guard Station.  Each float will present a notable historic event showcasing the parade’s theme: “Monumental Moments in Cape Cod and Provincetown History.”  Marching bands, flag-waver dancers, a motorcade and more will add to the excitement.  The climax of the parade will be a giant birthday cake featuring 100 candles, each standing three feet tall and each decorated by a local artist.

The celebration will continue into the afternoon with a public re-dedication ceremony and wreath-laying, which will begin at 1 p.m. atop High Pole Hill Road and feature remarks from Governor Deval Patrick, the Reverend Professor Peter J. Gomes and commentator and humorist Jimmy Tingle.   WBZ-TV News Anchor Lisa Hughes will serve as Master of Ceremonies.  The National Anthem will be sung by local recording artist Suede.  Other musical performances will include selections by the Outer Cape Chorale Chamber Singers featuring Jon Arterton, Roxanne Layton and pianist John Thomas.  There will also be a special flyover by the Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod. 

At 7:30 p.m. the festivities continue with a musical concert featuring an electrifying lineup of local musicians including headliners: Zöe Lewis accompanied by Sylvie Richard on percussion, the Greater Falmouth Mostly All-Males Men’s Chorus, and concert pianist Paul Bisaccia.  Tickets to the concert can be purchased at the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum for $20.  Admission to the concert is complimentary with the purchase of a “Celebrate 100” Commemorative Medallion, which is also good for discounts at local businesses during the week of July 31st to August 7th. 

At 9 p.m., a thrilling fireworks display over Provincetown Harbor will conclude the daylong celebration. For more information visit PMPM on Facebook and Twitter or visit

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