Massachusetts and Thanksgiving go hand in hand like, well, turkey and Thanksgiving. And for the past 17 years America’s Hometown Thanksgiving has invited Americans to return to the site of the original holiday, commemorating the first Thanksgiving with three days of food, parades, and history in Plymouth, MA.
The 3-day event from November 20-22, 2020 will begin with tours of the historic waterfront near Pilgrim Memorial Park and continue with a free concert later that night at Memorial Hall. Saturday will begin with Opening Ceremonies then flow into the Thanksgiving Parade on Main Street. The parade has been voted numerous times as the best historical parade in the nation. Parade participants dawn era-accurate attire and take attendees through chronological representations of each century in America’s rich history, from 17th century to the 21st. Featuring beautifully decorated floats, including a scale sized Mayflower replica, drum Corps, and historical re-enactment units for every period of American history, the parade is sure to have something everyone in the family can enjoy. Or if parades aren’t your thing head over to the New England Food Festival taking place in conjunction with the Celebration, enjoy a heated tent filled with live music as well as over 20 different food vendors serving up hot soups, chowders, desserts and entrees.
Up and down the waterfront Celebration attendees can look forward to the Wampanoag Pavillion where reenactors will be available to answer questions about what really happened at that first holiday dinner in 1621 that we’ve all come to know as Thanksgiving. Visitors will also be able to stroll through a recreation of an Historic Village, with performers reenacting life as it would have been throughout the 17-20th centuries.
Celebration festivities will conclude with a Harvest Market, where visitors can gather ingredients for their Thanksgiving feast. Over 30 local farmers and food makers will be onsite selling locally grown fresh from the farm fruits, vegetables, herbs, preserves, meats and seafood. The Harvest Market will also have live music throughout the day as well as cooking demonstrations.
For a full rundown of all the events taking place during the Plymouth Hometown Celebration click here.
With service from Boston and Provincetown to Plymouth, and stops in between, visit the Plymouth Hometown Celebration with transportation provided by Plymouth & Brockton.