Celebrating Thanksgiving in NYC

Thanksgiving is a day dedicated to showing appreciation for those around you as well as for the blessing of the harvest of the preceding year. This gracious holiday takes place on the fourth Thursday of November every year and traditionally involves bountiful amounts of food, football, family, friends and of course, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Dating back to 1924, the Macy’s parade dazzles the streets between 77th and 34th with world-renowned marching bands, floats, and iconic character balloons. As fun as these Thanksgiving traditions can be, why not consider something different for Thanksgiving in New York City? After you watch the Parade in person, of course.

Dine Out

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If you live in NYC or rented an apartment with a suitable kitchen for the duration of your stay, you could wake up early to begin hours of cooking, call your neighbor for the egg or two that you ran short of, stress about overcooking the turkey, shower with seconds to spare before you anticipate the doorbell ringing and clean up every dirty dish while the rest are knocked out on tryptophan. Or, you could dine out at a high-rated New York City restaurant. Many restaurants are open on Thanksgiving Day, often providing holiday specials. From a family-style feast at Harold’s Meat + Three, Glasserie, Joseph Leonard or Nickel & Diner. Vegetarians on Thanksgiving should not fret, as there are always accommodations, such as at Narcissa. Some restaurants also host Thanksgiving dinners to give back to the community, such as at Massoni, where all proceeds on this given day are donated to the Food Bank of NYC.



Give Back

Embrace the true spirit of New York City and give back to your community. There are tons of volunteer opportunities out there, especially in soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and families in need. Whether you opt to assist in a coat driveWinter-Wishes gift giving support, or assist City Meals on Wheelsyour contribution will surely make the day of many and put a smile on all.  


Set Sail

Every Thanksgiving holiday, World Yacht offers Thanksgiving lunch and dinner cruises with traditional buffet fixings like slow roasted turkey and carved ham. You can sail around the city with a happy tummy, matchless views and enjoyable tunes to top it off.



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While the streets may be quiet on Thanksgiving, not everything is closed. The Top of the Rock, the Empire State Building, and the One World Observatory all remain open during this holiday. There are also museums with holiday hours such as the 9/11 Memorial Museum and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.   You might also want to stroll through Times Square, or one of New York’s renowned parks such as Central Park, Prospect Park, the High Line or Washington Square Park


No matter the time of year, New York City will always provide the best experiences no matter how you feel like spending your time. If you are interested in finding things to do in New York City, search through our complete range of tours, attractions, and activities. We can also tailor-make programs specifically to match your desires and budgets. Harlem Spirituals is the ideal one-stop-shop to simplify your planning! Find more information on www.harlemspirituals.com. Also, check out our New York City Travel Guides for some more inspiration.