The “first Thanksgiving” occurred in 1621 but it wasn’t established as the fourth Thursday in November until President Roosevelt signed the resolution on Dec. 26, 1941. Still, the holiday has long been an established part of American culture. George Washington issued a proclamation naming Thursday, Nov. 1789 as a “Day of Publick Thanksgivin.” Then in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a Proclamation that Thanksgiving would be regularly commemorated each year. What will you do this Thanksgiving? Read on to discover some of the best places to go in New York City for Thanksgiving events.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Central Park W. from 59th to 75th St.
New York, NY 10001
Date: Nov. 27, 2014 at 9 a.m.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is perhaps the event that epitomizes Thanksgiving for Americans. To that end, don’t miss out on your chance to see this New York staple live. The parade starts at 9 a.m., but many camp out as early as 6 a.m. in order to get the best view of all of the festivities. In its 88th year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the one Thanksgiving event in New York that must be done at least once.
World Yacht Thanksgiving Cruise
World Yacht Marina
Pier 81, W. 41st St.
New York, NY 10036
Date: Nov. 27, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. or 7 p.m.
Does a breathtaking autumn view of the Hudson sound more your taste than a parade? If so, give one of the World Yacht Thanksgiving day cruises a try. You may join the cruise for lunch or dinner, though the lunch cruise lasts two hours and the dinner cruise is extended by an hour. Furthermore, have no fear, as the menu includes all of the traditional Thanksgiving fixings you’ve come to expect on this holiday.
Croton Reservoir Tavern Thanksgiving Dinner
Croton Reservoir Tavern
108 W. 40th St.
New York, NY 10018
Date: Nov. 27, 2014
Step into the Croton Reservoir Tavern after seeing the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The tavern is hosting a Thanksgiving day dinner at a fixed rate complete with such culinary delights as the traditional turkey, steak or pumpkin ravioli to choose from. It exists in memory of the former Fortress Reservoir landmark and is decorated to feel like turn of the 20th Century New York. You’ll be sure to have a great Thanksgiving experience in the comfortable and cozy tavern.
Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet
Rosie O’ Grady’s
800 7th Ave.
New York, NY 10019
Date: Nov. 27, 2014 at 4 p.m., 5:45 p.m. or 7 p.m.
Rosie O’ Grady’s is providing the chance to experience Thanksgiving “Pilgrim style” with its family-style dinner buffet. However, it should be noted that while the buffet will be located at Rosie O’ Grady’s, it is hosted by NYCTrip. If the chance to indulge in a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, which includes all of the trimmings, at a fantastic Manhattan location sounds right up your alley, give Anna a call at (570) 714-4611 to book your spot or visit www.nyctrip.com. Prices start at $68.
Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections of the National Museum of the American Indian
National Museum of the American Indian
1 Bowling Green
New York, NY 10004
The “First Thanksgiving” was a celebration by the Pilgrims and Wampanag people in 1621. This Thanksgiving, take a trip to the National Museum of the American Indian to learn more about the Wampanag and other Native Americans. The museum has a variety of exhibitions including the Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections of the National Museum of the American Indian. This particular exhibition contains over 700 works of art by native peoples.
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