Thanksgiving in New Jersey

Popular Thanksgiving Themed 2017 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

2017 Thanksgiving Themed 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 12, 2017;12pm- 4pm
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm
73 Kahdena Rd.
Morristown, NJ 07960
Enjoy interactive farm chores, a wagon ride, and create a family-friendly craft. Visit the 1915 Farmhouse to see what holiday fare is being prepared. At 1 p.m., join in a special program honoring all U.S. military personnel and veterans, which recognizes the 100th anniversary of U.S. involvement in WWI.

Early 19th Century Thanksgiving
Sunday , November 19, 2017 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 24, 2017 @ 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

23rd Annual Covered Bridge Artisans - Studio Tour and Holiday Sale
November 24, 25, 26 · Friday & Saturday 10am -5pm , Sunday 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 Crafts Fair
November 24th, 2017 - November 25th, 2017; 10 am - 4 pm.
Cape May Convention Hall
714 Beach Dr.,
Cape May, NJ 08204
Admission $2. 
A great oppornity to enjoy a holiday weekend getaway with a chance to pick up some holiday gifts. Shop for unique hand-made gifts and seasonal decorations.

Thanksgiving Hayrides, Wreath & Sleigh Bell Sale
Saturday, November 25, 2017
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
November 25, 2017 @ 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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