Here’s why you need to be in New York for Thanksgiving!

Every November, the US celebrates Thanksgiving Day, a national holiday when families come together to spend time, share food and enjoy parades. Celebrating Thanksgiving in New York City is a favorite occasion for many locals but it’s also a wonderful opportunity for tourists to learn more about American culture. It is actually one of the big six holidays of the year! What will you do that day? Here are some tips and activities suggestions for you to make the best of it! First, let’s start with some History.

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When is Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving falls on the last Thursday of November, this year: Thursday, November 23rd.

What you need to know about the celebration, in short

Most government offices, businesses and schools close on Thanksgiving Day with many closing on the Friday after, too, giving their employees a four days weekend.

The traditional Thanksgiving meal revolves around turkey, stuffing and vegetables. You’ll also hear Americans talking about eating yams. Yams are a starchy root vegetable widely grown in the Caribbean.

Traditionally, the meal is rounded off with pumpkin pie, delicious. You should try even if you are not planning to do the whole Thanksgiving dinner.

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What’s the history behind Thanksgiving?

It originated as a harvest festival. Thanksgiving has been celebrated nationally on and off since 1789, after Congress requested a proclamation by George Washington.

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It has been celebrated as a federal holiday every year since 1864, when, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens,” to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November. Together with Christmas and New Years; Thanksgiving is a part of the broader holiday season.

What goes on Thanksgiving day in New York?

Since 1924, the Macy’s Parade… lasts for three long hours. With more than 3.5 million spectators and 10,000 participants, it is one of the largest parades in New York.

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At the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, you can expect dazzling musical performances, cool floats, costumes and awe-inspiring helium balloons in the shape of cartoon characters including Mickey Mouse, Pokemon, Felix the Cat and many more. Bring your camera because kids go crazy and it’s free.

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Another long held Thanksgiving tradition is watching American football. NFL, college, high school and amateur teams have played over the Thanksgiving weekend practically since the game’s invention, and it’s one of the biggest days in the football calendar.

Looking for something less crowded?

Thanksgiving falls in the middle of Autumn, it is to me the best time to enjoy the outdoors in New York City, trees are turning red and yellow, there’s a little wind in the air, a perfect time to wrap you up in a long scarf to explore the city. Our team of experts is here to help you to make the best of your trip:

– Williamsburg & Bushwick Private Walking Tour-

The tour (one to 6 people) starts at your hotel where your guide will pick you up for 4 hours of fun and amazement. You will take the subway and head to Brooklyn.

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Start with a visit through Williamsburg. Its once gritty industrial landscape has since transformed into a flourishing and vibrant artistic community. View cutting-edge graffiti murals from some of NYC’s most emerging artists.

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Take the opportunity to shop at some of Brooklyn’s trendiest stores. Then delve into the dynamic neighborhood of Bushwick through an exploration of its street art, part of the contemporary American culture.

If you want to book it, CLICK HERE!

-Soul Food and Jazz Tour-

See the site of the original Cotton Club, where Duke Ellington and Lena Horne spent hours wowing crowds from around the world. Drive past the site of the Savoy Ballroom where Benny Goodman and Chick Webb fought it out during their “Battle of the Bands,” and where the Charleston, “Lindy Hop” and the “Big Apple” dances were firmly cemented into American culture.

Visit the world-famous Apollo Theater, where Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald won the popular “Amateur Night.” Pass by Minton’s Playhouse, where bebop was born and where Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Thelonious Monk started the tradition of musical jam sessions.

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Discover one of Harlem’s hottest clubs, where jam sessions and musical collaborations go on into the wee hours of the morning. Dinner is at Sylvia’s legendary restaurant – “The Queen of Soul Food” (Family style dining).

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On Mondays, swing dance the night away to the beat of a terrific, twelve-piece band. Free dance lesson included! We pick up the tab for your first two drinks at the Jazz club.

On Thursdays, experience the essence of Harlem and enjoy the convivial atmosphere as you mingle freely with the locals, while enjoying the sounds of a jazz or rythm & blues band. We also pick up the tab for your first two drinks at the Jazz club.

What is “Soul Food?”

Soul Food is the traditional African American cuisine that originated in the South of the United States. It consists of spicy ribs, collard greens, freshly cooked corn bread, black eye peas, and not to mention the best crispy fried chicken!

To book this activity, CLICK HERE!

If you have any question, feel free to send me a message!

Salvatore

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A la découverte des Hamptons

Si vous appréciez le contraste entre le nouveau et l’ancien, vous aimerez Long Island. Il s’agit d’une île du nord-est des États-Unis, s’étendant au large des côtes de l’État du Connecticut jusqu’au sud vers l’embouchure de l’Hudson sur laquelle est bâtie la ville de New York. Long Island est connue pour être le théâtre d’un vrai melting pot ambulant. En effet ici, les vieilles bicoques côtoient les derniers clubs à la mode de New York, les jeunes et les moins jeunes se partagent la plage en toute harmonie.

Les Hamptons, le petit paradis de Long Island

Un peu d’Histoire…Il s’agit au départ d’une simple portion de l’île où la nature vierge et les pêcheurs étaient immortalisés sous le pinceau de quelques peintres, les Hamptons sont rapidement devenus une destination huppée et dynamique.

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Dès le début des années 1970, ce lieu paradisiaque devient le nouvel endroit à la mode pour les célébrités en tout genre, et la région voit aujourd’hui défiler l’élite américaine et les stars du monde entier, qui viennent se ressourcer sous la brise marine de Mai à Septembre. (Comme Sarah Jessica Parker et son époux, l’acteur Matthew Broderick)

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L’excursion avec Harlem Spirituals

N’hésitez pas à visiter les Hamptons avec notre agence, nous proposons une excursion sur une journée qui vous permettra de découvrir cet endroit magique dont tout le monde parle.

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Arrêtez-vous à Riverhead pour un petit déjeuner de campagne typique et chaleureux. Puis continuez vers l’est, où vous longerez Long Island Duck avant d’arriver à la célèbre ville de Southhampton où des célébrités telles que Jerry Seinfeld, Paris Hilton, David Letterman ou encore Steven Spielberg ont élu domicile.

Commencez votre visite par une promenade dans la très pittoresque rue principale avant de vous diriger vers le quartier historique et le port. Sur le chemin vous pourrez apercevoir les demeures des riches et célèbres. Vous continuerez ensuite vers Sag Harbor, une autre petite ville pittoresque au charme suranné offrant à ses visiteurs une atmosphère unique. Prenez le temps de faire le tour du port et d’admirer ses yachts, puis arrêtez-vous aux magasins d’antiquités ou dans les petites boutiques anciennes pour faire de bonnes affaires.

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Après le déjeuner vous vous dirigerez vers l’Ouest, en direction des “Tanger Outlets”, un grand centre commercial rassemblant magasins d’usines de grandes marques à prix discount. En fin d’après-midi, reprenez tranquillement la route pour atteindre New York dans la soirée.

Si vous souhaitez réserver votre journée dans les Hamptons, CLIQUEZ ICI

Si vous avez des questions, n’hésitez pas à nous écrire ou à venir directement dans notre agence située à quelques pas de Times Square (690 8th Ave #2, New York, NY 10036)

Salvatore