The Rotary Club, a long-time sponsor, with its theme “service before self” depicts the attitude of the hundreds of volunteers who make this parade possible. Each year the Rotary Club comes through the parade route and collects donations to help us get a start for the next year! Please be generous and give!
A police patrol helps with the beginning of the parade and we appreciate their service
Rockland Trust Bank is our number one sponsor bringing you America’s Hometown Thanksgiving’s historic parade.
Beginning in 1907 to “promote the business activity and growth of Rockland and its vicinity”, they now have close to 100 branches! They started mobile “automobile banking” in 1910 and their first branch on 288 Union Street in Rockland began in 1917. We thank them for their generous support!
America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration is celebrating its 25th year! It is the overseeing organization that honors “America giving thanks through the years”. Our theme is “out of many, one” as indicated by E Pluribus Enum; the motto of America.
The float carries our parade Marshalls: WCVB-TV’s award-winning team in honor of their 50th year! This year marks the eleventh appearance of our popular Parade Marshalls from Channel Five! Let’s welcome Maria Stephanos and Ed Harding!
The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard is a ceremonial escort composed of full time Plymouth County Sheriff Department employees. The Honor is traced back to Myles Standish, the military captain of the Pilgrims. It is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the U.S.
Riding are representatives of the State Mounted Police Unit.
The State Police unit was formed by Governor Andrew in 1865 and today is an agency of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Executive Office of Public Safety and Security responsible for criminal law enforcement and traffic vehicle regulation across the state. At present, it has approximately 2,300 officers, 1500 of them being uniformed troopers, and 400 civilian support staff—making it the largest law enforcement agency in New England. Several form the Mounted Police for ceremonial and crowd control.
This is the premier Police Pipe Band in New England dedicated to honoring the memory of those in law enforcement who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
Formed in 1992 after the line of duty death of Boston Police Officer Jeremiah Hurley, the members are comprised of all active-duty police officers from Boston and neighboring communities. We have had the honor of playing in this parade for over ten years now.
We are pleased to have North Easton Savings Bank sponsor the Wetu float this year!
This WETU float was created to replicate the coastal dwellings of the early Wampanoag Tribes in honor of the original inhabitants of this land. Visit the Wampanoag Pavilion in our historic village after the parade.
A Wetu was created from wide sheets of bark from large older trees. The Wampanoag had fortitude and resourcefulness along with their generosity in sharing the resources of both the land and the sea with the Pilgrims, helping them survive. You can meet present-day Wampanoag Natives at the Wampanoag Pavilion in Brewster Gardens.
The Plymouth Rock Foundation, established in 1970, is America’s Hometown Thanksgiving’s original sponsor in 2001. Plymouth Rock Foundation’s mission is “to preserve and propagate the pilgrim story.”
America’s Hometown parade is patterned after the original parades of the Middle Ages, telling a chronological story as scenes “float by” illustrating the Pilgrim qualities of faith and character. Its founder was John G. Talcott, Jr.
The Plymouth High Schools Marching Band comes to you from “America’s Hometown” Plymouth, Massachusetts. Students in the band program may participate in concert band, marching band, jazz ensembles, indoor percussion, and winter guard. The Marching Band is a combined ensemble comprised of students from two separate high schools, Plymouth North and Plymouth South and the two feeder middle schools, Plymouth Community Intermediate and Plymouth South Middle Schools.
The band performs at competitions regionally, at home games for both high school football teams, parades as well as other community holiday observances and events. Over the past several years, the band has performed in New York City, Norfolk Virginia, Florida, Disney World, England, Gillette Stadium and Fenway Park. The Plymouth Marching Band is under the direction of Bonnie Holmes and Josh Hamblin. Drum Major is Zach Terman and color guard captains are Maeve Horn and Abbi Birch.
Cabby Shack sponsors our Mayflower float. They won the “Best Chowder” award for 10 years in a row at our Food Festival! Visit them on the Plymouth waterfront today!
This Mayflower II replica is 1/20th of the size of the Mayflower II. Every detail of the original ship was considered and is depicted in this replica. The Mayflower II, maintained by Plimoth-Patuxet Museum, has just undergone extensive restoration!
No one knows what happened to the original Mayflower, built in 1609, that transported the Pilgrims to the new world in 66 days and returned in April of 1621. What we know is that the ship became a symbolic bond of unity between two nations, since it was given to America to honor our part in helping Britain win World War II.
The Jenney Center, located on Summer Street, is an educational interpretive center that features daily walking tours of historic Plymouth
A pilgrim was one who separated from the State Church in England due to its corrupt practices and formed their own church based on the concept of Biblical covenant. The pilgrim was a student of the Reformation which taught that one could have a direct relationship with God through Christ. We honor their faith, courage and character.
The New Plimoth Gard is a local group of historical re-enactors portraying the guard of Plymouth Colony in the 1620’s. The group observed the 400th Anniversary of the election of Myles Standish as military leader in February 2021. Mourt's Relation 1621: "Saturday, the 17th day, in the morning we called a meeting for the establishing of military orders among ourselves, and we chose Miles Standish our captain, and gave him authority of command in affairs.”
They will be in the historic village across the street at Brewster Garden following our parade. They perform historically accurate demonstrations of colonial military practices using the weapons, armor and clothing of the period.
The Salem Trayned Band recreates the first militia company established in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1629. It was designated the colonel’s company at the muster of the East Regiment in the Spring of 1637; the first in North America.
The Army National Guard considers its birth from the date of the first regimental sized muster on Salem Common in the Spring of 1637. They will be in the historic village following our parade.
The Piscataqua Company (pronounced peh-SCAT-a-kwa) represents the settlers along the Piscataqua River, 1623-1640, including Portsmouth and Dover, NH and Kittery, Berwick, and York, ME. They were under contract establish communities to focus on fishing and lumbering, including the responsibility of defense.
Rockland Trust is our principal sponsor and long-time friend of America’s Hometown Thanksgiving, supplying all our parade banner carriers.
As a bank that employs close to 1,000 individuals and serves more than 200,000 business and individual customers, they place a high value on “giving back” to our communities through volunteerism and philanthropy. In addition to being a principal sponsor for this weekend’s celebration they hold several bank-wide community initiatives throughout the year, engaging the help of our customers and employees to support local organizations.
The Caballeros Alumni Corps is celebrating their 27th season in the Alumni Circuit. Representing Hawthorne, New Jersey, they are famous for their Latin style and incredible energy. They will be entertaining us with their rendition of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina.” They are under the direction of Drum Majors, Tyrone Laval, Tom Ashby and Rose Cataneo!
Their roots go back to 1946, from a small group of veterans, but the Caballeros are still sponsored by American Legion Post #199 from Hawthorne, New Jersey. Known for their Latin inspired costumes and music, their incredible horn lines and percussion sections and their wonderfully fun sense of drama…. the Caballeros are a fan favorite! In 1989 they were voted the favorite Drum and Bugle Corp of all time.
The DIRECTOR’S Outstanding Citizen Award, 2021 goes to the Sheehan family.
Pilgrim Hall Museum, established in 1820, and completed in 1824, is the oldest public museum in America and is the sponsor of our First Thanksgiving float.
The First Thanksgiving Float depicts a snapshot in history where Pilgrims and Native Americans came together for a three-day harvest festival. About 140 gathered, probably in October, where they both gave thanks to God for His provision.
This harvest festival was not a Humiliation or thanksgiving day in the religious sense. What makes it unique is its multi-cultural context and the fact that both cultures met in friendship and recreation. Though rooted in the 1621 harvest festival, our national Thanksgiving holiday began with President Abraham Lincoln in 1863.
Here we have more Pilgrims walking beside the First Thanksgiving float depicting those that were alive by the fall of 1621 to participate in that first three day festival.
Chartered in 1638, the Ancient and Honorable Artillery is the oldest chartered military organization in the Western Hemisphere located in Boston’s Faneuil Hall since 1746.
The Ancient and Honorable is the 3rd oldest military organization in the world after the Pontifical Swiss Guard and the Honourable Artillery Company of London. The AHAC in Faneuil Hall now maintains a military museum open Monday through Friday.
Bridgewater State University sponsors our next float on the first public school
The first “public” school in America, Boston Latin, started in 1635, which still continues today! A plaque marking its original location is on the sidewalk of School Street in Boston in front of the Old City Hall. John Cotton inspired its founding and modeled its instruction after the Free Grammar School’s in Derby, England. Though “public” in the sense of operating through taxation, not all could attend, and not all paid taxes in its support. Around this float are walking re-enactors portraying four of Boston Latin School’s most famous students; two from the 17th century, and two from the 18th century – Increase and Cotton Mather (father and son); Ben Franklin (who dropped out and went to Philadelphia), and Sam Adams.
This school, started in the same year Harvard University was chartered to teach the next generation how to read the Bible. Ezekiel Cheever (1614-1708) became its most famous teacher; doing so for 70 years. He made famous the three methods for training students; the copy-book where students copy the productivity of their instructor, recitation where students memorize great orations; and finally declamation – the writing and giving of orations; and defending them.
T-Mobile is one of our sponsors this year, and we appreciate their participation!
Founded in 1984, inspired by former member of the Ct Hurricanes Drum Corps, the Ct. Alumni Corps hails from Seymour Ct. 2021 marks their 37th year and they are always looking for new members! Under the direction of Drum Major Jack Gestner, let us welcome the Ct. Alumni Corps. Their musical repertoire is a blend of traditional Drum Corps tunes and contemporary pieces.
We are grateful that this family-owned business is one of our sponsors this year. They have been paving South Shore home driveways and business parking lots and roads since 1976. They are located in Plympton, MA.
In classical and Greek literature, the cornucopia has stood as a symbol of plenty
In America's Hometown and all over America we experience a great bounty of abundant crops that bless our tables every year. We honor all the farmers and food services who work tirelessly on our behalf.
Throughout our parade we will see vintage antique cars from American history sponsored by the Old Colony Model “T” Ford Club. An interesting fact is that only cars with headlights outside of the cars are allowed in the parade!
The Highland Light Scottish Pipe Band is Cape Cod’s oldest Pipe Band. For 38 years they have demonstrated the great highland Bagpipes and drums. They portray the royal army Infantry formed in 1881 that was used in the World Wars. The band wears the ancient hunting Stewart tartan. The band is named for the Cape Cod Lighthouse, also known as Highland Light as well as the Highland Light Infantry of the Royal Army.
We welcome Cape Auto Body as a parade sponsor this year for our next float.
The Turkey in the Wild Float represents the game bird the Pilgrims saw here when they arrived which even to this day is often included in a traditional Thanksgiving Meal. Wild turkeys could run 25 miles per hour and were difficult to catch!
Welcome back our Free Men Of the Sea: a crew of living history interpreters who bring the myth and reality of pirates and privateers from 1720-1740 to life.
Free Men of the Sea educates and entertains by presenting museum artifacts and period weapons, demonstrations, encampments, sailing, parades, singing sea shanties, and participating in documentaries and movies. Free Men Of the Sea brings history to life along the East Coast and Canada or where ever adventure calls!
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Organized in 1953, the Golden Knights originally formed in Newark but are now from Nutley, New Jersey. They have held 11 National titles, 13 National Dream Contest titles and 19 New Jersey State Championships. They were the original winners of the prestigious World Open Contest. We welcome back the Blessed Sacrament Golden Knights under direction of Drum Majors Don Interdanato and Arthur Farrell.
Snowshoe companies were men living on the frontier who could be called into military service at short notice at any time of year, including winter. They were men the government had reason to trust to navigate through the woods with endurance.
In 1724 Massachusetts ordered frontier towns to create "snowshoe companies" to be available to scout and patrol. Snowshoe companies consisted of men who lived on the New England frontier during the early French and Indian wars, available to patrol through the woods beyond the settlements at any time, especially in winter. In 1745 they enlisted to a man to go on the campaign against the French fortress at Louisbourg.
We honor the highest seller of paper turkey’s this year to the Market in Pinehills.
This re-enactment group, formed in 1976, depicts the original unit formed by New Hampshire in 1755 for the French and Indian War. Led by Robert Rogers, this light infantry British unit defended the Colonies against the French.
This unit dealt with reconnaissance conducting special operations and had between 1,200 and 1.400 men at its peak. It became a loyalist force, but several officers defected as militia and fought at Concord in 1775 against the British.
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Formed in 1767, the Mattatuck Drum Band is a fife and drum corps organized in 1767 in Farmingbury, now Wolcott, Connecticut. It is the oldest fife and drum corps in the U.S. with continuous membership.
The Old Colony Club is the oldest men’s club in the western hemisphere, having been established in 1769. Their first meeting was held December 22 of the same year to commemorate the Pilgrims landing on Plymouth Rock known as Forefathers Day.
Originally known as “Old Colony Day” it was first observed on December 22, 1769 and is America’s first national holiday. We honor Forefathers Day two days in Plymouth! They continue the tradition of a pre-dawn parade to Cole’s hill on December 22nd, read the Club’s Founding Proclamations of 1769, fire the Club’s brass cannon at 6 AM! All are welcome to join them on December 22, 2021!
Senior members of the Old Colony Club ride behind those that are walking, once again in honor of the first historic organization to honor Forefathers Day.
The First Foot Guards is a recreated British regiment of the American War for Independence. They portray the English Royal Brigade who arrived in 1776 and served their King throughout the conflict and returned home in 1783.
The Lexington Minutemen are dedicated to honoring those brave patriots who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation's freedom. Representing predominantly families from the local Church in Lexington, they continue to inspire us today, telling the story of American Independence.
The Middlesex County Volunteers Fifes and Drums, established in 1982, attempt to re-enact those traditional repertoires of the regimental fife and drum corps during the American War for Independence. Today this group is a repertory ensemble performing martial, dance, and folk music drawn from the 17th, 18th, and early 19th century.
The Rehoboth Minutemen was originally chartered in 1774 as a town Militia unit. They were dispatched to the Roxbury and Dorchester area of Boston in 1774. They fought at the Battle of New York, Trenton, and Princeton. Welcome this Unit and visit them to learn more about their history at the Historic Village.
The Watertown Provincial Guard was established in 1635. The Watertown Company is a Revolutionary War re-enactment group formed by local area members. They model themselves after the guards assigned to protect General Washington after his acceptance of the command of the U. S. Colonial Army at Cambridge. The Uniform they wear is blue & white with black bicorn hats.
The General Society of Mayflower Descendants, begun in 1897 and having over 150,000 members worldwide, is sponsoring the Winslow House float!
Built by Edward Winslow in the 18th century, great grandson of Pilgrim Edward Winslow, its history spans three centuries. From the struggles of the Winslow’s, who were loyalists during the Revolution, to Ralph Waldo Emerson and Lydian Jackson’s wedding in its parlor, as well as its use by the Red Cross during World War II.
The Mayflower Society international headquarters also houses the Pilgrim Progress costumes that depict the pilgrims going to church. Tours are available in this home and now the Mayflower Society is expanding its work to include the restoration of the Mayflower Meetinghouse at the top of Leyden Street!
Here we have several descendants of those who came on the Mayflower surrounding this float.
Headquartered at the USS Constitution Museum in Boston, the 1812 Marine Guard interprets the period of 1811 to 1817.
The Marine Guard wears uniforms and equipment based upon original description and patterns documented by the USMC Historial Center in Washington, DC. Primarily a shipboard unit, the Marine Guard maintains a marine musket section per the 1794 American Military Drill Manual, an artillery section, and a music section presenting the original music assigned to United States ships of war. In addition to the entire unit musters for United States Naval Gun drills on board USS Constitution under the direction of the United States Navy.
Established in 1974, Navy Band Northeast is based on board NAVSTA Newport and is one of 11 official U.S. Navy bands worldwide. Under the direction of Lt. Joel Borrelli-Boudreau, this group of 35 professional Navy musicians supports more than 300 engagements annually throughout an 11-state area of responsibility. It performs regularly for high-ranking military and civilian dignitaries, Navy recruiting, public outreach and awareness efforts, and partnership in education programs throughout the Northeast United States.
The USS Constitution Color Guard and Ships Crew display the 1812 Uniform!
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This group has a huge Boston history dating back to 1943. Its roots stem from such prestigious organizations as the former Most Precious Blood Crusaders, the Hyde Park Crusaders and the still competing Junior Corps, the champion, “Boston Crusaders”.
Back in 1991 the “older kids” wanted to get back into action and they formed the ever popular and ever-growing Crusader Senior Drum & Bugle Corps. Under the direction today of their Music Instructor Mr. Ray Fallon, the Crusaders are proud to represent the Lt. Norman Prince VFW #1506 in Melrose, Mass. which they now call home.
The Cranberry Marketing Committee (CMC), begun in 1962, was established as a Federal Marketing Order and joins here with Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association (one of the oldest farmers organizations), representing 300 growers in Massachusetts, to sponsor our Cranberry Salute!
Cranberries may have been served at the “first Thanksgiving,” brought by the Wampanoag. Two hundred years later the cranberry and its cultivation would explode into an industry in 1816 on Cape Cod! We honor the cranberry industry!
Natives called it a “bitter berry” and the English would soon learn from the Natives that the cranberry was good for medicine and red dye beyond just the tartness it brought to foods. In the village of Dennis, Captain Henry Hall, a Revolutionary War veteran, experienced a storm that caused sand to go over his bog. He was surprised to find a better crop the next season. Future experiments at filtration made his produce popular in fighting scurvy since it had such a high concentration of vitamin C. Dennis became a cranberry cultivation center until at least 1850. Dennis also became the birthplace of harvesting and shipping practices for the cranberry. Hall’s experiments with cranberries were the inspiration for an industry that brings tourists here!
The Norwich University Regimental Drill Team was established in 1937 under the name of Shock Platoon. ... The talent of Drill Team is considered a showpiece of the nation's oldest private military college. The team is a perennial powerhouse in U.S. college and university drill competitions.
Organized in 1836 to provide mounted escort for the Governor as well as to enforce the law and to defend from invasion and insurrection, they served in 17 campaigns in the Civil War and World War I.
They are now a ceremonial cavalry unit in the Massachusetts National Guard. Their mission is to provide mounted Color Guards, escorts and troops for ceremonies and parades in the Commonwealth at events such as the reenactment of the rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes.
Founded in 2004, the Mounted Artillery of New England, from Exeter, Rhode Island, pulls the only authentic horse-drawn Civil War artillery unit in the New England area.
The team is pulling an authentic model 1841 12 pounder Cannon. All uniforms and equipment is strictly authentic for the period of the American Civil War 1861-1865.
The New England Brigade is a decades old regional umbrella organization for Union and civilian reenactors of the American Civil War. Currently comprised of 15 military units and one civilian organization, members come together from all over New England to support each other in educating the general public about life during this time. The member units seek to represent the complexities of 19th century life through individual interpretations in order to create a living museum.
The NEB endeavors to recreate the lives of immigrants, working women, people of color, medical professionals, private charitable organizations, and of course the common soldier. The New England Brigade strives first and foremost to present as accurate a presentation as possible in order educate the public about the war, but the organization also tries to honor those brave men and women who gave the “last full measure of devotion” for their country.
Crayon College is a full day childcare program with three locations in Kingston, Plymouth and Bourne. Children learn best in a secure and loving environment.
The Parade Director’s red tractor is used here to pull a trailer in honor of farmers! America began as an agricultural nation where most individuals were self-employed famers and the family farm was the work engine of our economy!
This eight horse Clydesdale hitch from in Lakeville, MA is owned by the Hallamore Corp. of Holbrook, established in 1898. They pull a gleaming 1899 restored Studebaker freight wagon, only one of three in our country today, carrying up to five tons!
Clydesdales originated in Scotland during the 18th century and were introduced into the US in 1879. These horses were imported from Scotland and England. Each weighs about2200 pounds, stands 18 ½ hands and has white feet with white feathers known as “stockings”. Because of their docile disposition, they are known as “gentle giants”. They consume 200 quarts of grain and 6 bales of hay per day.
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T-Mobile is sponsoring the Beer Garden this year
The railroad remains one of the most amazing inventions in America! Trains emerged in the 1830’s and by 1850, 9,000 miles of track had been laid from the east to the Missouri River. In 1862 and 1863 the Central Pacific (heading east) and Union Pacific (heading west) began construction, with competition as to how much track could be laid in a day! This float depicts the final meeting at Promontory Summit in Utah on May 10, 1869 where the final “golden spike” was laid, wired to a telegraph so the final blows could be heard!
Curry College has been a faithful sponsor for many years. They have a Milton and Plymouth campus for adult learners and also have classes online.
In 1994, Curry College extended its educational services to the Plymouth community where it established the Continuing Education and Graduate Studies Plymouth campus, offering students the opportunity to receive a quality education close to home.
The Hedge House, built by Sea Captain William Hammatt in 1809, houses the Antiquarian Society here in Plymouth. For over 100 years the Antiquarian Society has been preserving and sharing local history in the Plymouth community. Members of the Antiquarian Society are marching with the Hedge House float today in costumes that represent the three centuries when the Society’s historic houses were occupied.
In 1919 a group of local women founded the Plymouth Antiquarian Society to save the 1809 Hedge House from demolition. They moved the house to its current location on Water Street and opened it as a museum. They went on to acquire two additional houses: the 1677 Harlow House and the 1749 Spooner House.
Women costumed in fashions throughout US history surround this float, including suffragists who commemorate the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920.
Representing the Town of Peabody, MA., we welcome the North Star Alumni Corps. Comprised of members from eight states and Canada, North Star holds a well known place in the National Drum Corps activity, having been a winner of the prestigious CYO National title as a competing corps and a finalist in several DCI Competitions. Let’s welcome North Star Alumni Corps under the direction of their Drum Major Ken Kehoe.
We welcome Tech-Etch as a major sponsor in our parade. Their mission is to inspire, create, and provide innovative (technical) solutions that enhance lives globally. One great innovation was flight and they sponsor the next float for that reason.
The “flying machine” depicting the plane navigated by the Wright Brothers in 1903 is back in our parade after twelve years as we celebrate the centennial of our National Parks! Wilbur was 33, and Orville was 29 (re-enacted by two high school students) when they defied gravity – and at the time, it was not known as being the beginning of aviation in America. They were bicycle mechanics from Dayton, Ohio who came to the windswept sands of North Carolina to experiment from 1900 to 1903…. Here re-enactors as William and Orville are with this float today!
It was in late 1903 when Orville took the controls of his twelve horsepower engine into a 27 mile per hour wind while five witnesses watching and no press. All of the previous attempts at manned flight putting "flying machines" in the air had press everywhere, but no results except damage. Here in obscurity, that first flight of 12 seconds lifting up 100 feet took place. Then, Wilbur covered 852 feet in 59 seconds! In the years after this first initial flight, the Write brothers learned to build better and more sophisticated machines, flying them for hours at a time, circling endlessly over a large cow pasture in Ohio! At Thanksgiving it is a good time to stop and be grateful for what we often neglect to notice at other times – we truly live in “America the Beautiful!”
The 26th Yankee Division World War II living history group dedicated to preserving the memory of our veterans and the greatest generation! This unit includes vintage vehicles used in World War II.
This is the largest Allied unit in the Northeast. The organization participates in historical reenactments, parades, living history displays and ceremonies throughout the year.
These three Jeeps are with the 26th Infantry Division of World War II.
The 215th Army Band of the Massachusetts National Guard has been an International Music Ambassador for the Commonwealth on numerous occasions. In Iceland, during the 1986 Presidential Summit with the Soviet Union, the Band performed for President Reagan. The 215th received honors for their successful tours of Greece and Jamaica. In 1995, the Band traveled to the Netherlands to help commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the end of World War II.
The Band has performed for successful backfill missions for the United States Army Europe Band in Heidelberg Germany, the Army Material Command Band at Aberdeen proving ground, Maryland, the Arctic Warrior Band in Fairbanks, Alaska, US Army Signal Corps Band at Fort Gordon Georgia and three separate occasions backfilling for the United States Continental Army Band at Fort Monroe, Virginia.
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Here is a reminder that all of those watching along the parade route need to make their way to the waterfront once the parade is over! There is much to see here!
This 1944 M15A1 Autocar Halftrack served in WW2 and was then converted to a M16A1 in 1952 for the Korean War. The halftrack served the Massachusetts National Guard in the 26th Division, 126th Anti-Aircraft Artillery until the late 1970’s. The machine guns are replicas and simulate fire, they are NOT real. This vehicle, driven by Tim Sanderson, gives simulated firing.
The Deuce and a Half: 1978 M35A2 US Military Cargo Truck, was one of many vehicles in U.S. military service initially deployed by the United States Army. The owner and driver is Steve Woods (a military vehicle collector) and the M35 with all-wheel drive and a 24 volt waterproof system that allows for deep water fording quickly became the dominant truck in its class in the U.S. military, serving with all the services in various capacities. It was used by the United States in Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Here is another World War II Cargo Truck, but it is pulling a Vietnam era float.
Here is a float specifically honoring our Vietnam Vets. The Huey Helicopter is the staple image of the Vietnam War. Though not appreciated at the time, Americans, along with America’s Hometown declare that we welcome home our Vietnam Vets!
Begun in 1917, the Lions Club is a place where people serve. They join with others to improve their communities. They are sponsoring the next Drum and Bugle Corps.
Joining us today all the way from Casper, Wyoming, are the Troopers Alumni Corps. Prompted to join the Alumni circuit in 2018, they have continued to grow by drawing from 60 years of Trooper Alumni members from all over the United States and Canada.
The Trooper organization has a rich tradition of appearances which include the Rose Parade, Presidential Inaugurations, and NFL half-time performances. Hello Troopers!
Tech-Etch, which creates innovative parts, now sponsors this next float as well!
America is a nation of first responders. We have a history of average individuals taking risks to save, rescue and protect others. The open page of the book on the float depicts the unforgettable image of 9-11 twenty years ago. First responders such as police, fire, nurses, doctors and EMT’s risked their lives, and many lost them, in the 9-11 terrorist attacks on our nation. They are now heroes, and after enduring an unforgettable pandemic, we honor all who have risked their lives to help us.
Here first responders walk around this float – let’s thank them for their courage!
A 1973 Vintage Ambulance reminds us what first responders used almost 50 years ago!
Here Tech-Etch, a major sponsor, brings to us the Lunar Landing float!
Many of us remember where we were on July 20, 1969 when a fuzzy snow like black and white television beamed to earth one of the most remarkable achievements of America. Watched by more than 550 million people worldwide and by 53 million families in the U.S., Neil Armstrong said those now famous words “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” Left on the moon was a piece of wood from the Wright Brothers plane, pictures of human beings, audio recordings of several languages and medallions listing the names of the three astronauts who died in Apollo 1 and the two cosmonauts who lost their lives in a similar accident. This is just another reason why America’s Hometown Thanksgiving brags on America but thanks God for some of our achievements that have made the world a better place!
We welcome active-duty members stationed here in New England. They are led by a Drill instructor from boot camp calling cadence.
The USCG Auxiliary is an arm of the Coast Guard involved in supporting the USCG, especially in boater safety. This unit is one of the longest participants at this event.
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Here Veteran Honorees are riding in a Jeep – we thank them for their service!
The largest service organization for American veterans, their motto “for God and country” is in harmony with our emphasis each year to thank Veterans for the duty they performed to protect us, willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice.
Petro is one of the largest home heating oil companies with 100 years of experience and we thank them for being a sponsor of the Mayflower Bell float this year!
This float depicts the historic bell on the newly restored Mayflower II. A call went out to veterans to donate items to be melted down. Veterans have donated their medals, lapel pins, cuff links and even belt buckles. World War II veterans who donated medals are significant since the replica ship in honor of the Pilgrims who sailed 400 years ago was a gift from England for the help of the U.S. in winning World War II. Think of it, the bell is cast from the sacrifices of those who fought against tyranny and sits on a replica ship of those who fled tyranny to settle here in New England!
The VFW are “Good Neighbors” and will serve hundreds of dinners to our military participants! VFW Post 1822 has 500 members in its men and women’s auxiliary.
Boston Sand and Gravel has been a major sponsor in our parade for many years. They are celebrating 105 years of service since its establishment in 1914! They are a leader in the ready mixed concrete and aggregate industries in southeastern New England.
Boston Sand & Gravel services its customer base with ready mix concrete, aggregate, and sand with a fleet of concrete mixers, trucks, and a short line railroad. They provide products to the most demanding construction projects throughout the region, including the Central Artery/tunnel project, waste water treatment plants, nuclear power plants, high rise-buildings and slurry wall construction.
As the theme of our parade, E Pluribus Unum, comes into view, we have five Native Chiefs from across America, representing the First People’s nations. Nations represented here are Mohawk, Apache, Navajo, Sioux, Yuchi and more…
America is a nation of immigrants. The English came to Jamestown in 1607 and to Plymouth in 1620. The Pilgrims would not have survived had not the Wampanoag initiated peace and helped them plant, cultivate and grow corn. America and its hallmark qualities of self-government, religious and civil liberty, has been a beacon of hope to people all over the world. A boat symbolizing coming to America is on the back and E Pluribus Enum (the seal of our nation meaning “out of many, one”) on each side. Though we are a nation of diverse immigrants, we are one nation.
The Krewe of Europa provides a culture of generosity, integrity, devotion and love emphasizing unity across the globe – we are one planet with many unique cultures!
Ethic Clubs in the area in their national Costumes follow, such as Greek-American Club, Lithuanian-American Club, Loyal Order of Hybernians, etc.
New Hope Chapel organized these individuals carrying the flags of 193 nations of the world – what an image of America as a nation of immigrants!
For more than 80 years and three generations of dealers, the Tracy family has made it easy for customers on the South Shore and Plymouth to purchase new and used cars. They now sponsor this huge American flag.
The final image of “E Pluribus Enum” – out of many, one, is depicted by this American flag carried by the Mass. Maritime Honor Guard. Many nations have come to America representing our one nation!
Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s Regimental Band is “the pride of the regiment of Cadets. Mass Maritime Academy’s mission is to showcase “leadership, discipline, knowledge” through music, drill and ceremony performances at public and academy venues to recruit, train and inspire the regiment of cadet.
Flags representing America’s development are carried by those riding on horseback!
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We are delighted to have Marty’s GMC Buick in Kingston and their new Chevrolet location in Bourne sponsor this fabulous float! The Alicandro family has owned Marty's since the 1940's and Marty's Buick GMC and have played an active part of the local community. Since the day Marty's opened it doors they have been striving to maintain the same levels of superior customer satisfaction and service.
Once again Marty’s sponsors America’s Hometown Express collecting food for our local food pantry along the parade route.
This is a float that is remembered each year! It is designed to collect food for those in need all along our parade route. A coal car was added a few years ago to accommodate all of the food being given (usually over two tons)!
Created from a dismantled school bus, it has become a symbol here in Plymouth of giving to others during Thanksgiving. We have collected over two tons of food each year and given thousands of meals to the homeless in our area! The Locomotive and Coal Car stop along the way, and people bring non-perishable food to get to those in need. We honor the Greater Plymouth Food Warehouse, and all those who work as volunteers, from churches to restaurants as well as families who want to help others!
A multi-church choir under the direction of Chiltonville Congregational Church sings Christmas carols, reminding us of the meaning of the season marking Christ’s birth.
One of the songs these carolers are singing is the popular tune “We wish you a Merry Christmas”. It was probably written in the 1500’s but would not have been sung by the Pilgrims since they did not celebrate Christmas. Christmas did not become a national holiday in the United States until 1870.
BCDTA is a performing arts studio for ages 12 mths-18 yrs old offering classes in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Acro, Acting, Voice, Mommy & Me & Adult Fitness.
We are thankful for the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce that is sponsoring this next float introducing the theme of Christmas as we shift seasons at the end of our parade!
Here is a rocking horse all decorated for the holidays – the kind of gifts that might be given during the Victorian era when Christmas was nationally celebrated.
Escorting the most popular guy in town today and representing the Great State of Massachusetts, let us welcome the University of Mass Minuteman Marching Band.
313 Members Strong, the University of Mass Minuteman Marching Band is the largest collegiate band in the Northeast. Winners of the prestigious Sudler Trophy, the most prestigious award a college band can achieve, they not only entertain at home football games, but perform regularly throughout the Commonwealth. National performances have included 3 Presidential Inaugurations, the Macy’s day Parade and the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena. This is their second appearance in “America’s Hometown”, having made their debut in 2016. Welcome the UMass Minuteman!
SHP Financial is a new sponsor for us this year! They have offices in Plymouth and help individuals and others with strategic planning for retirement. They are sponsoring this year’s St. Nicholas float!
This float, with Santa Claus, his reindeer and sleigh on the roof of a home after dropping his gifts down the chimney is familiar to almost every boy and girl. This image became a tradition after the Rev. Clement Moore wrote his famous poem in 1822 called A Visit from St. Nicholas… “twas the night before Christmas…”
The image of Santa Claus is now more than two hundred years old. The original clothing of Nicholas (in 280 AD) was Episcopal robes. It was his example that gave us the tradition of gift giving at Christmas. Nicholas’ parents gave him a name which meant “hero of the people.” His study of the Bible and how God sent Christ to earth caused him to want to give gifts to people, especially victims of both poverty and crime.