BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Mayflower II will sail into Boston Harbor this spring for Mayflower Sails 2020, a six-day maritime festival that commemorates the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower landing.
The festival will run from May 14 to 19 and begin with the Mayflower II docking at the Charlestown Navy Yard, escorted by the USS Constitution.
The event is free, but tours aboard Mayflower II will be ticketed. In addition to tours, the festival will also include educational programs, historical and cultural activities about 17th century life, food and beverages, and music and entertainment provided by iHeartMedia.
The Mayflower II was built in England in the 1950s as a gift to the United States following World War II. It arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts on June 13, 1957, and since then has been stepped aboard by more than 25 million people.
In 2014, Plimoth Plantation began a years-long restoration project to keep the ship seaworthy. In September 2019, the Mayflower II was re-christened and launched in a ceremony.
Tickets and more information on the Mayflower Sails 2020 event are available on MayflowerSails2020.com.