Businesses and residents invited to Illuminate Boston with 1620 Lanterns

Sep 17, 2020

Boston Borough Council and Transported are inviting businesses and residents of Boston to share their hope, gratitude and reflection on Thursday, 26 November in the creation of 1620 spectacular and beautiful lanterns.

The project is being held to mark the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower story, and in celebration of the community in the context of the Covid pandemic.

And to mark Boston's connection to the Mayflower story, organisers will be exploring and celebrating over the next 10 years, leading to the anniversary of the Rev'd Cotton's decision to set off to America and the subsequent founding of Boston, Massachusetts.

Over the last seven years, the Council has been involved in the Illuminate festival spectacular procession, entertaining and bringing joy to the town's residents.

This year, the procession and programme of workshops to make it all, has had to be cancelled - but Boston is keen to keep the candle burning.


There are two parts to the project:

The first is the creation of the collection of 1620 lanterns, illuminated with candles or battery tea lights.

The collection will be exhibited in clusters around the town, creating a trail to be explored and discovered by families and friends throughout November, with a focus on Thanksgiving Day on 26 November.

The second is an invitation to residents, shops, businesses to illuminate the town by placing a candle or lantern in their windows on 26 November, giving thanks and expressing positive hope for the future - #onesmallcandle. This part of the project is also wider across the Pilgrim Roots partners.

If you would like to take part, either by yourself or by working with our specialists, please email

Updates will be shared on the website and Facebook pages, so keep an eye out here and here.

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