For many, visiting the historic Plymouth Harbor and Waterfront during Thanksgiving is a bucket list item that still needs to be checked off. If this is on your list of “must do” activities, here is a look at what you can expect to see taking place in Plymouth, Massachusetts for Thanksgiving 2015.
In 2015, the official Thanksgiving festivities kick off on November 21, which is the Saturday before Thanksgiving. During the week prior to these Thanksgiving festivities and on the Friday of Thanksgiving weekend, you can enjoy a historic tour of Plymouth and its monuments with Education Director Dr. Paul Jehle. Available for free to the public, the tours are meant to teach tourists and visitors the story of the Pilgrims while also explaining the purpose, meaning and significance of the area’s many monuments.
Veteran’s Memorial Concert
With Veteran’s Day occurring so close to Thanksgiving, a special Veterans Memorial Concert is also provided for free on Friday night each year. Entertainment is provided from some of the best groups around the country. The night will also feature an illumination event in collaboration with the Plymouth 400.
The Thanksgiving parade takes place on Saturday, November 21st. Opening ceremonies portraying the faith of the Pilgrims will be held prior to the parade at 10:30 am at DCR Pilgrim Memorial Park, with Cole’s Hill providing the best location for great views. These ceremonies will include the lighting of a candle and an explanation of the historic nature of the parade. The explanation can be experienced live on the waterfront or via live broadcast on local cable television.
During the actual parade, which starts at 11:00 am, people standing along the waterfront are instructed on the chronological history of America as it floats past them. The parade strives to bring to life the country’s heritage as it represents each century from the 17th through the 21st. Tanked the number one Thanksgiving parade in the country by AOL, the parade starts at Benny’s Plaza Court Street and features beautifully decorated floats, re-enactment units from every period of American history, nationally recognized Drum and Bugle Corps and military marching units.
In addition to being an educational event, the opening ceremonies and parade also offer plenty of fun and entertainment. Forms of entertainment that can be expected at this year’s event include historical reenactments, live music and opportunities to see vintage American cars.
Continuing the Fun Through the Weekend
The fun continues after the parade is over, with food vendors and colonial craft demonstrations taking place throughout the day. Some of the trades being demonstrated include blacksmithing and weaving Living historians will also be onsite as they tell historic stories that bring history to life. The Crafter’s Village will be open at DCR Pilgrim Memorial Park from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday, while the Historic Village and demonstrations will take place at Brewster Gardens from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.
The Drum and Bugle Corp will also be performing patriotic music from the post-World War II era Saturday night, while the Harvest Market will have local and organic foods and produce available for purchase.