Thanksgiving in New Jersey

Thanksgiving Trivia and Popular 2016 Events

Thanksgiving in New Jersey

What many regard as the nation’s first Thanksgiving took place in December 1621 as the religious separatist Pilgrims held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest.

The day did not become a national holiday until 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a national day of thanksgiving, President Franklin Roosevelt later declared that Thanksgiving Day always be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month to encourage earlier holiday shopping.

While the turkey is generally served as the main dish for a Thanksgiving dinner, goose, and duck, and ham, are now sometimes served in place of the Thanksgiving turkey. Some other alternative recipes for a Thanksgiving dinner include the Chinese recipe for goose that could be used on the similarly-sized American bird. Vegetarians or vegan's usually have tofurkey, a tofu-based dish.

"Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Football Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence." - by Erma Bombeck

2016 Thanksgiving Holiday Events

Note: This information is provided by event sponsors as a free service to our viewers. Sometimes conditions require cancellations or changes of dates, times and location which are not reflected in the original schedule. Before planning a trip to visit one of the listed events, it is suggested that you call the event sponsor to confirm the event schedule or for additional information on the event.

Thanksgiving & Armistice Day Observance
Sunday, November 13, 2016;12pm – 4pm
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm
73 Kahdena Rd.
Morristown, NJ 07960
This event feaytures 1920s Thanksgiving preparations, interactive farm chores, a family craft. Also take in a special Armistice (Veterans Day) musical tribute to our service men and women. Current U.S. military personnel and veterans admitted FREE.

Early 19th Century Thanksgiving
Sunday, November 20, 2016@ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Allaire Village
4265 Atlantic Ave
Farmingdale, NJ
This event celebrates the end of the autumn season, and to give thanks for a bountiful harvest, the company of each other, and all the things that help to enrich our lives. Join in to come and celebrate a 19th Century Thanksgiving with our family at The Historic Village at Allaire. We have a special program in the chapel at 1pm.

Festive Friday
Friday, November 25, 2016: 11:00am
Avalon Shopping District
Avalon, NJ
Embrace the holiday season with Festive Friday in Avalon. Featuring over 40 holiday activities for the entire family to enjoy

22nd Annual Covered Bridge Artisans - Studio Tour and Holiday Sale
November 25 - 27, 2016; Fri & Sat 10am -5pm, Sun 10am - 4pm
Sergeantsville Cultural Arts Center
877 Sergeantsville Rd.
Stockton, NJ 08559
A free, self-guided tour. Visit six open artists studios and eleven artists in the Sergeantsville Cultural Arts Center. Visitors will get to see where their art is made and the creative process behind each piece. Items are for sale for holiday gift purchasing too.

Holiday Weekend Open House
November 25th - 27th, 2016
Alba Vineyard
269 Riegelsville Warren Glen Road
Milford NJ
This Thanksgiving weekend celebration is about taking time to celebrate family, friends, and the completion of a great harvest. It is a time for laughter, memories, and best of all great wine and food. Attendees will get to enjoy delectable appetizers to pair perfectly with our premium estate wines prepared by Chefs from local area restaurants. Admission includes eight samplings of our nationally award winning wines, special food pairings, an Alba wine glass, and cellar tour. No Reservations.

Thanksgiving Hayrides, Wreath & Sleigh Bell Sale
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Howell Living History Farm
70 Wooden Lane
Lambertville, NJ 08530
Revisit the 1900 era on a horse drawn wagon. Sleigh bells will ring when the Farm holds its annual Thanksgiving program featuring free horse drawn hayrides, a wreath and sleigh bell sale, and a special children's craft program. Horse drawn hayrides (or sleigh rides!) will be offered throughout the day. There is no charge for the rides, but everyone is encouraged to bring a non-perishable food stuff to donate to local area food banks as a thank you for the wagon ride. Monetary donations to the food bank are also welcome.

Annual Post-Thanksgiving Turkey Walk
Saturday, November 26, 2016; @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Friends of Great Swamp
Bluebird Parking Lot
197 Pleasant Plains Road
Harding Township NJ
Free event
Meet at Bluebird Parking Lot
Join us as we walk off that Thanksgiving turkey on an informal walk into the Management Area, normally closed to the public. Easy walk along service roads.


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