Thanksgiving in New Jersey

Popular Thanksgiving Themed 2018 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

Annual 2018 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 11, 2018;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 18, 2018 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!

Festive Friday
Friday, November 23, 2018 @ 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

Holiday Crafts Fair
November 23, 24, 2018
Cape May Convention Hall
714 Beach Dr.,
Cape May, NJ 08204
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.

24th Annual Covered Bridge Artisans - Studio Tour and Holiday Sale
November 23, 24, 25, 2018
Ginny Naparano Cultural Arts Center
522 Rosemont Ringoes Rd,
Stockton, NJ
Visit six open artists studios and ten artists in the Ginny Napurano Cultural Arts Center. A free, self-guided tour in southern Hunterdon County, New Jersey.

Thanksgiving Hayrides, Wreath & Sleigh Bell Sale
Saturday, November 24, 2018
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 24, 2018 @ 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
November 24th. 2018: 10am
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the annual Holiday Parade will proceed along Haddon Avenue beginning at Zane Avenue. 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

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