Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick


Whereas On September 6th, 1638, Secretary of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Simon Bradstreet, received agreement from Governor John Winthrop giving him and eleven men the right to begin a plantation north of the Merrimack River; and

Whereas The settlement, originally named Colchester, was incorporated as Salisbury two years later, in 1640; and

Whereas Salisbury residents have contributed culturally and historically to the Commonwealth; from the famous playwright and poet Edna St. Vincent Millay to building and operating the first prototype of the      modern day bumper car; and

Whereas The Great Gathering celebration, held annually in September for well over a hundred years, attracted thousands of tourists and featured performances and speeches by many famous people; and 

Whereas Salisbury Beach State Reservation continues to be one of the Commonwealth’s busiest state parks, attracting over 200,000 visitors annually; and

Whereas On this day, we celebrate Salisbury’s 375th anniversary and recognize its many contributions to the vibrancy of the Commonwealth,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim September 21st, 2013, to be,


And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this tenth day of September, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts