Pilgrim Monument Annual Lighting Will Honor U.S. Coast Guard

KA_Provincetown_Pilgrim Monument Lighting_Ptown_Holiday Christmas Lights_11251529PROVINCETOWN – The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum will honor the U.S. Coast Guard Provincetown and Chief James Zerinskas at this year’s annual lighting of the Monument on November 23.

The lighting ceremony will also honor Robert Cabral, a Provincetown native, U.S. Navy veteran and longtime Provincetown business owner who passed away on November 3.

The annual lighting ceremony is traditionally held the night before Thanksgiving to commemorate the first landfall of the Pilgrims in the New World in Provincetown Harbor.

Chief Zerinskas will flip the switch to illuminate more than 3,100 landing lights in 19 strands that are draped from top to bottom on the historic 252-foot tall granite structure.

“I am extremely honored,” said Chief Zerinskas. “When I was a deck watch officer on the Coast Guard Reliance out of Kittery, Maine, and we were out to seas, I could see the lights of the Monument for miles.”

The lighting event, which is free and open to the public, includes light refreshments and musical entertainment.

The event runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with the lights being illuminated at 6 p.m.

The Monument will stay lit until January 6 to represent the five weeks that the Pilgrims spent in Provincetown Harbor on board the Mayflower before sailing to Plymouth.

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