Please join us for our first Yankee Homecoming General Meeting of 2024. This will be Tuesday March 5th, 6:30pm upstairs at Starboard Galley. Come learn more about YHC and how you can become a part of this years festival.
Flags are back in stock! Need a YHC flag still you can order this HERE
Do you know how amazing our community is – well we do! Thank you to everyone who has donated to our food drive that has been going strong for over 3 years now. Every week we are able to donate these items to one of our local food pantries. For more information see our FOOD DRIVE PAGE
“Yankee Homecoming: A Family Tradition”
July 27th – August 4th
In 1958, Newburyport joined twenty-nine other New England communities in holding a celebration that would bring people together. Since then, the Yankee Homecoming committee has carried on this tradition for families, visitors, and volunteers to enjoy and is the only community that has continuously held this yearly festival since the beginning.
My theme this year is Yankee Homecoming: A Family Tradition. I like to say that I was “born” into Yankee Homecoming. My tradition included my mom bringing me to Olde Fashioned Sunday, walking around at the Craft Fair, attending the Waterfront Concerts, and seeing the Fireworks. This tradition has continued to this day, as I look forward to the week of Yankee Homecoming each year. However, it wasn’t until I was older that I realized it really was a family tradition. My grandparents and parents have been General Chairs multiple times, so it only made sense that I loved the week-long festival as much as they did.
Yankee Homecoming isn’t just a family tradition for me but a tradition thousands of families have enjoyed over the past 65 years. What’s great about Yankee Homecoming is that the traditions differ depending on who you ask. For example, many recall going to the Bartlett Mall to watch the canoe tilt. Others recall bringing their children to Family Day or their grandchildren to the Antique Car Show. Although the memories are different, they are all part of what makes Yankee Homecoming so special.
Whether you have enjoyed Yankee Homecoming for years or this is your first year, I hope you can enjoy this longstanding festival and make a tradition of your own.