Plymouth is 400 years old but the party is now postponed due to COVID-19

BOSTON — Imagine turning 400 and not having a party. Sadly, that’s what Plymouth is dealing with right now.

“The 400th anniversary was going to be a big year in Plymouth for a lot of local businesses who were gearing up for it,” said Michele Pecoraro, executive director for Plymouth 400 Inc.

And now, many businesses already closed for weeks will also suffer the loss of a boost from Plymouth’s birthday bash.

“We waited for it for a long time and to have it pass on us, like, this is really disappointing,” said Nina Peters, owner of The Tasty in town.

Peters is hoping to re-open next week for takeout only.

“Take out, we can do and we also took advantage of the PPP," she said.

She admits that has helped but with opening of restaurants a moving target, she gets frustrated.

“You want to fight like hell and you also want to take deep breaths because that’s what is needed,” Peters said.

Pecoraro says some smaller celebrations will happen, others will go virtual and some events like tall ships that were coming for a maritime festival will visit next year at the end of June.

Another planned event is also rescheduled.

“Our Wampanoag ancestors walk set for August will take place next May,” she said.

Despite many changes, Peters will keep planning to re-open.

“I have to believe that we can at least weather the storm,” she said.

And Plymouth’s birthday, though smaller, will draw more local crowds, Pecoraro said.

That should help businesses, she said.

“We will have people. People are going to want to get out, people are going to want to do things,” she said.

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