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Provincetown 400 Cancels Events, Considers Hosting Fireworks

Provincetown 400

Provincetown 400 has canceled all of its events commemorating the anniversary of the Pilgrims’ landing in 1620, with one possible exception.

Back in April, the opening ceremonies were postponed because of the coronavirus.

At the time, Provincetown 400 was still hoping to throw a formal gala in September and host a visit by the replica ship Mayflower II.

But K. David Weidner, who co-chairs the group, said this week that all of the main events are canceled.

“The Boston Gay Men's Chorus was also going to be providing Americana heritage music and Wampanoag native music to create a real atmosphere,” he said. “It would have been a beautiful, beautiful program. But sadly, due to coronavirus, that is not going to happen.”

The one exception is a proposed fireworks display. Organizers are still working out the details.

Weidner said that so far, he has no plans to revive the anniversary events after the pandemic.

“The 400 year was really Provincetown’s year,” he said.

The 400th anniversary celebration in Plymouth is separate and has different organizers than the one in Provincetown. Plymouth 400 has cancelled many of its events, but plans to hold some of them virtually or postpone them to 2021.

Jennette Barnes is a reporter and producer. Named a Master Reporter by the New England Society of News Editors, she brings more than 20 years of news experience to CAI.