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Thanksgiving Celebrations

By Viator, September 2015

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Thanksgiving is an important holiday for Americans, a day of family, football and feasting on traditional dishes like turkey, cranberry and stuffing. It’s also when people give thanks for their blessings, with almost every city around the country celebrating in some way. For example, parades are popular this time, with large-scale processions taking place in Chicago, Philadelphia and Detroit.

In New York City you can attend the annual Macy’s Day Parade -- which has been happening since 1924 and now attracts about 3 million visitors -- featuring 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) of dancing, singing, celebrities, marching bands and Broadway acts. The main attraction is the impressive balloons, which come in three classes: Novelty balloons, full-size balloons of pop culture icons, and Blue Sky Gallery balloons, which turn works of art into giant floating zeppelins.

Another great Thanksgiving destination is Plymouth, Massachusetts, the birthplace of the holiday. Going on the weekend before Thanksgiving each year, there are three days of re-enactments, traditional food, educational activities, concerts that pay homage to the military, a parade and much more. At the Plimouth Plantation Living Museum, costumed actors bring to life the story of Thanksgiving and colonial America, and you can tour a replica English colony, Wampanoag home site and Mayflower II. Around the holiday enjoy a 1621-inspired Thanksgiving feast, complete with Pilgrim and Native American interpreters.

Sports fans should head to Dallas, Texas, on Thanksgiving, as the Dallas Cowboys have played a game every Thanksgiving Day since 1966. Football isn’t Dallas’ only Thanksgiving offerings, however, as there is also Thanks-Giving Square. Here there are a number of ways to give thanks, from the Wall of Praise -- which features text from Psalms 100 and a beautiful mosaic inspired by Norman Rockwell’s “The Golden Rule” -- to the Chapel of Thanksgiving to the Hall of Thanksgiving and Exhibit Area, where you can learn more about the tradition of Thanksgiving. And don’t forget the annual Turkey Trot, taking place in downtown Dallas on Thanksgiving morning.

As the highlight of Thanksgiving is eating, a dinner cruise adds some ambiance to the celebration. In the Big Apple, a New York Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise can be the perfect way to spend the evening. Guests sail along the Hudson River, dancing to a live DJ, sipping wine and snapping shots of the Manhattan skyline. The highlight of the excursion is a sumptuous farm-to-fork four-course meal with optional open bar. In San Francisco, diners can enjoy a San Francisco Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise, featuring live band music; iconic views of the Coit Tower, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Transamerica Building; and your choice of buffet or seated dinner. Tender turkey breast, butternut squash ravioli, prime rib, and pumpkin and pecan pie are just a few of the delicious options one can expect aboard the California Hornblower.

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Thanksgiving Day Parade Viewing Brunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

Want a million-dollar view of the New York City 2016 Thanksgiving Day Parade for all of your family and friends? Perfectly positioned on the Avenue of the ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $365.00
Admission to Plimoth Plantation, Mayflower II and Plimoth Grist Mill, Cape Cod, Seasonal Events
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Admission to Plimoth Plantation, Mayflower II and Plimoth Grist Mill

Take a journey back in time to experience the lives of the Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe in colonial America. Located in Plymouth, Massachusetts, near Boston, ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: Varies

From USD $25.95
New York City: Best of Thanksgiving and the Macy's Parade, New York City, Attraction Tickets
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New York City: Best of Thanksgiving and the Macy's Parade

This inclusive tour package takes all the events that highlight Thanksgiving in New York City and combines them into one! Experience the best of New York ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $299.00
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Breakfast and Indoor Venue, New York City, Seasonal Events
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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Breakfast and Indoor Venue

Have breakfast at a local restaurant, stay warm, and enjoy the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! You’ll stand in awe as the parade passes just a half ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.00
San Diego Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise, San Diego, Seasonal Events
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San Diego Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise

Step aboard an opulent yacht for a festive 2.5-hour Thanksgiving dinner cruise on San Diego Bay. While you enjoy amazing views of San Diego’s city ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $121.00
San Francisco Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise, San Francisco, Seasonal Events
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San Francisco Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise

Experience spectacular views of San Francisco as you enjoy an exceptionally prepared Thanksgiving meal. Watch breathtaking bay icons like Alcatraz and the ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $127.68

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