Celebrating Thanksgiving in NYC

A national holiday recognized in the US on the 4th Thursday in November, Thanksgiving is a celebration of settlement, harvest, and the good fortune of the preceding year. Traditional Thanksgiving celebrations include a bountiful dinner, football, or when looking for things to do with kids in NYC, a live view of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Dating back to 1924, the Macy’s parade dazzles 77th to 34th streets and is world-renowned for it’s lineup of marching bands, floats and iconic character balloons. Next to the Superbowl (this year in NYC), there’s no other date more iconic to the sport than the watching or playing football on Thanksgiving Day. The tradition dates as far back as the sport itself and is a favorite Thanksgiving pastime at both amateur and professional levels.

As fun as these Thanksgiving traditions can be, why not add something new to the holiday mix and consider something different for Thanksgiving in New York City? The following are guaranteed to eliminate the stress of making meals and washing dirty dishes!

Set Sail
World Yacht is offering Thanksgiving lunch and dinner cruises with traditional buffet fixings like slow roasted turkey and carved ham for gold preferred packages that include a gourmet dinner and fine music with breathtaking views of NYC skyline.

New york skyline at night views

Dine Out
From Italian to Soul Food, there are plenty of restaurants serving up comforting food that are open for reservations on Thanksgiving Day. Check out Zagat’s Top Restaurants for Thanksgiving in NYC for inspiration. Everyone will be stuffed and pleased, without the stress of entertaining and meal planning. Just be sure to offer seconds to the staff on the tip!

Give Back
Consider volunteering as a way to give back to the community and donate to those who are in need. The team at Harlem Spirituals is hosting a canned food drive at their Visitor’s Center from November 20th until the end of the year in continued support of Harlem churches and food pantries. The Visitor’s Center is located in the Times Square area of New York and open daily (except Thanksgiving Day) from 8AM for donations.

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If you are not familiar with Thanksgiving and national holidays in the US, you should know that public administration, such as post offices and most banks will be closed. Attractions and public transportation operate on limited and/or holiday scheduling. Join our mailing list or leave a comment below to stay updated.