This year is busier than ever and as much as I’d like to whip up a delicious pumpkin pie and roasted turkey for thanksgiving I find myself wanting to take the tradition someplace else. You can find places all over the country that have buffets overloaded with your favorite thanksgiving food. If you want to put a little history into your holiday this year, plan a trip to Plymouth, Massachusetts to where it all began. The festivities happen a week before actual Thanksgiving Day, so if you still want to heat up the ovens or head to your friend’s or families house you still can.
In Plymouth, Massachusetts during the weekend before the holiday, thousands of people gather to celebrate. There is food, parades and concerts just to name a few of the things that will go on. The parade depicts actual events of each century from the 17th to the 21st. At the Wampanoag pavilion you will learn the real meaning behind the dinner. Why we celebrate every year and why with turkey. Visit Plymouth Rock and see the Mayflower ll. Local farmers will be at the harvest market serving up all kinds of delicious food. Crafters from all over will be selling their creative items. As you pass the day away shopping and sipping on hot apple cider bluegrass music will be in the background. An authentic village will be set up with actors depicting life as it used to be. Even President Lincoln will make an appearance. Just like the parade, the village will depict each period of life from soldiers fighting to gain freedom from England to women’s rights. Along the way will be blacksmiths, leatherworkers, and candle-makers just to name a few, bringing to life how our country was. Concerts will take place every day. Friday night’s concert will be a dedication to the military. The concert on Saturday is by admission but well worth it and will also be a dedication not only to the military but to our country.
Even if you decide to spend Thanksgiving Day cooking your favorite foods and spending it with the people you love, create a new tradition and head to Massachusetts to witness the way life was lived years ago and why we celebrate this delectable holiday.