In 2020 the United Kingdom, United States of America and Holland and will commemorate and celebrate the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower.
Mayflower 400 is a programme of events on a transformational scale, it is a platform for an international commemoration of the remarkable relationship between our nations which began with the sailing of the Mayflower on 16 September 1620.
A series of major transatlantic and global events are proposed linking our people and our communities through our shared heritage, culture, arts, sports, education, science, commerce, in the spheres of law, politics and international relations and the shared defence of our values. We will commemorate and consolidate the historic ties as well as creating a lasting legacy for our young people and our communities.
High level ambitions include United States Presidential and British Royal visits commemorating the enduring relationship between the United Kingdom, United States and Holland; the first joint International Armed Forces day celebrating over a century of strong military alliance and comradeship between our armed forces; and a grand ‘Mayflower Reunion’- welcoming back to the United Kingdom many members of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants drawn from the 28 million Americans living today who can trace their genealogy directly back to one of the 23 families on board the Mayflower.
These transatlantic commemorations will highlight the special relationship between our nations and particularly the enduring values of Freedom and Personal Liberty embedded within it.