Annual Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument
On November 23rd from 5pm to 7pm, the tip of Cape Cod will shine bright this holiday season as the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum (PMPM) hosts the annual Lighting of the Monument, traditionally held the night before Thanksgiving, to commemorate the first landfall of the Pilgrims in the New World in Provincetown Harbor. The PMPM opens its doors to the public to experience the illumination of more than 3,100 “landing lights” in 19 strands draped from top to bottom on the historic 252-foot all-granite structure, a beacon for travelers and residents throughout the Cape. The Monument will stay lit until January 6, 2017 to represent the five weeks the Pilgrims spent in Provincetown Harbor on board the Mayflower before sailing to Plymouth.
This year, the event will honor Coast Guard Station Provincetown and Officer in Charge James Zerinskas, who will ‘’flip the switch” at approximately 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments and entertainment will be provided. To help sponsor the 5-week Lighting of the Monument please visit