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Thanksgiving in New Jersey

Popular Thanksgiving Themed 2019 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 twenty minutes. Football Half-times take twenty minutes. This is not coincidence." - by Erma Bombeck

2019 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.

Free Cooking Class: Vegan Thanksgiving in Metuchen
Tuesday, November 5, 2019; 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Dean's Cafe
31 New Street
Metuchen, NJ 08840
Website / Registration
Cost: Free
Join plant-based health and wellness expert Jessica Jarmer as she shows us how to prepare vegan versions of your favorite Thanksgiving foods.

23rd Annual 5K Turkey Trot Run
Sunday, November 10, 2019; 10am -noon) (Rain or Shine)
Colonial Park
156 Mettlers Road
Franklin Township
Schedule & Registration
Come and enjoy the new course, a fast, flat, two loops within beautiful Colonial Park. Bring the whole family and enjoy the park facilities.

Thanksgiving & Armistice Day Observance

Sunday, November 17, 2019; from 12 noon to 4 p.m
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm
73 Kahdena Rd.
Morristown, NJ 07960
Eexperience a historic farm-style Thanksgiving holiday and mark the anniversary of the Armistice ending World War I. Roll up your sleeves, and help prep dinner at the farmer's house. Pitch in at the cider press, and saw the wood needed for winter heating and cooking. Meet the friendly farm animals, take a leisurely wagon ride, and enjoy live, patriotic music. NEW this year, see an authentic Model T ambulance and learn about the Red Cross during WWI. At the Willows Historic House, experience the house come alive to 1918, set with actors using vignettes to portray characters on the homefront during World War I. Join in laying out knit poppies to honor Morristown service men and women of the First World War.

Early 19th Century Thanksgiving
Sunday , November 24, 2019 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. Starting at 11 am, special program at the historic chapel, craft demonstrations (Blacksmith, Tinsmith, Carpentry, Leather-Making and more), cooking at the Manager's House over its 18th century open hearth, and other special activities for adults and children. Bakery, General Store, and Enameling Building's Museum Store open for early holiday shopping. Additional early 19th century period cooking and other activities to "give thanks" will be spread throughout the village!
(Please note that this is a demonstration only; dinner is not being served.)

Thanksgiving Dinner Demonstration & 18th Century Table Customs
Sunday , November 24, 2019; 2:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Miller-Cory House Museum
614 Mountain Avenue
Westfield, NJ
Cost: $5 13 and older; $3 ages 3-12; free 2 and younger
A unique feature is the open hearth cooking performed in the museum's Frazee Building.
Members of the Cooking Committee will demonstrate the preparation of an early American Thanksgiving feast using 18th century open-hearth cooking, using authentic recipes, utensils, and foods appropriate to the era and season.

Morris Twp. Thanksgiving Day 5K Trot Turkey & 1 mile Walk/Run
Thanksgiving morning, November 28, 2019
Ginty Field Complex
Woodland Ave.
Morris Township, NJ
Website / Registration
DJ Entertainment, Turkey Trot event shirts, Refreshments, Kids Sprints on the field, New improved 5K start line, B-Tag timing/scoring by!

Two Town Turkey Trot! Lambertville – New Hope
Thanksgiving morning, November 28, 2019; 7:15 – 9:15 AM
11 Bridge St,
Lambertville, NJ
Registration . Race registration is $35 in advance
The streets of Lambertville, NJand New Hope, PA will fill with runners working up an appetite for their turkey dinners this Thanksgiving morning as the Delaware River Towns Chamber of Commerce holds the 5-kilometer Two Town Turkey Trot road race and 1-mile health walk
The race will start promptly at 8 a.m. at the Lambertville Station. Runners are encouraged to arrive no later than 7:15 am and will be running rain, shine, or snow. Starting and ending in downtown Lambertville, the course will take runners across the historic and charming Lambertville-New Hope Bridge, through the streets of bustling and festive downtown New Hope, back across the bridge and through Lambertville's historic downtown business district. Runners will be electronically chip timed, all participants who pre-register will receive a commemorative race shirt. SHIRTS limited to the first 1000 registered participants.

The Fast and the Furriest 5K Turkey Trot
Thanksgiving morning, November 28, 2019; 8:30am
Ocean City Music Pier
Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk
Ocean City, NJ
Website / Registration
A 5K run/walk Thanksgiving morning. Bring your family and friends along to participate in this fun-filled holiday tradition.
All proceeds benefit the Ocean City Humane Society.
The race begins at the Music Pier, heads south to 23rd to the turnaround and finishes at the Music Pier Following the 5k, there is a 1M fun run for kids 14 and under. The kids run starts at the Music Pier, heads north to Fifth and back to the Music Pier. T-shirts to pre-registered athletes along with awards and post-race refreshments.

The Glen Rock Racefaster Thanksgiving Day Run
Thanksgiving morning, November 28, 2019; 9am & 9:45am
390 Doremus Avenue
Glen Rock, NJ
Website / Registration
5k Run on a USATF Certified course starting and ending iat the Glen Rock Municipal Pool (390 Doremus Avenue.
Come out and burn off some calories before that big Thanksgiving dinner! There will also be a kids fun run starting at 9:45am

25th Annual Covered Bridge Artisans - Studio Tour and Holiday Sale
November 29, 30, December 1, 2019; 10am - 5pm
Ginny Naparano Cultural Arts Center
522 Rosemont Ringoes Rd,
Stockton, NJ
Visit eight open artists' studios and thirteen artists in the Event Center behind the Sergeantsville Firehouse. A free, self-guided tour in scenic Delaware River Valley's Hunterdon and Bucks Counties.

Thanksgiving Hayrides, Wreath & Sleigh Bell Sale
Saturday, November 30, 2019; 10am - 4pm
Howell Living History Farm
70 Wooden Lane
Lambertville, NJ 08530
(609) 737-3299
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 30, 2019 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Friends of Great Swamp
Bluebird Parking Lot
197 Pleasant Plains Road
Harding Township NJ
Free event
Join in as they walk off that Thanksgiving turkey, Informal walk into the Management Area, normally closed to the public. One mile walk on rough service roads. Not suitable for young children or strollers. Meet at Bluebird Parking Lot

Collingswood Holiday Parade
Saturday, November 30, 2019: 10am
Downtown, Collingswood, NJ
The parade features lively seasonal entertainment, including marching bands, dancers, holiday characters, giants on stilts, floats, mummers, live music—even sports mascots like the Phillie Phanatic.
The parade, packed with bands, dancers, entertainers, floats and more, will begin at Zane Avenue at 10 am and continue to West Linden Avenue, through the heart of historic Collingswood. Cars from the Original Garden State Corvette Club and dozens of other antique and historic autos and motorcycles will drive down the parade route. The Phillie Phanatic and other Philadelphia Sports mascots will ride along also. Dance to marching bands, Mummers, string bands and oldies tunes to keep warm.

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