A Brief History of Yankee Homecoming

A Brief History of Yankee Homecoming

In the late 1950’s Newburyport, Massachusetts faced an economic hardship that nearly exhausted the entire city. Many of the mills, factories and local businesses shut their doors for good as the threat of urban renewal loomed over the boarded streets. Urban sprawl had drawn most of the town’s residents into local suburbs leaving the city center desolate and uninviting. Rising levels of crime and corruption caused many of Newburyport’s residents to lose faith in their city’s ability to recover.

Then, in 1959, a local New England artist by the name of Jack Frost came up with an idea that would help revitalize many of New England’s historic city centers. Frost’s goal was to create a strong sense of civic pride and social cohesion in the form of a week-long summer celebration, better known as Yankee Homecoming. He defined the event as “the national pilgrimage back east where it all began”. Frost encouraged natives and visitors alike to return to the city and join him in honoring the rich and vibrant history surrounding New England. Newburyport was the last of 29 cities to host a Yankee Homecoming celebration and is the only city that continues to honor Frost’s 56-year-old tradition.

In efforts to honor Newburyport as the official birthplace of the United Stated Coast Guard it was decided that Yankee Homecoming was to be held just one week before the Coast Guard’s birthday of August 4th. This year’s celebration marks their 225th Birthday. Newburyport has also been recognized as one of fourteen Coast Guard cities, a title given to towns and cities that provide extensive support and honor to those who serve and protect our waterways. 

Small Batch. Big Beer.
In order to honor the city that we take such pride in, the Newburyport Brewery will be tapping into a special 1635 series Double IPA on Thursday July 30th. Come on down to the brewery for some fresh beer and delicious burritos by Metzy’s Taqueria. Live music by Planes on Paper starts at 5pm. See you there!

YANKEE HOMECOMING NOTEBOOK Rotary sponsors Beer & Dogs fundraiser

The Rotary Club of Newburyport announces their annual Beer and Hot Dog Tent will be held on Thursday, July 30, from 5-7 p.m. This annual fundraising event will take place at the Tannery Marketplace parking lot on Federal Street.

This event is open to the public and will feature hot dogs, chips, beer from Newburyport Brewing Co., and wine from Mill River Winery. Admission is free and all food and beverage items are for sale to attendees. All monies raised go to support the many local charities that the Rotary Club supports throughout the year including, but not limited to, Anna Jaques Hospital, Opportunity Works, Turning Point, Pettengill House, Newburyport Education Foundation and many others.


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