Thanksgiving is almost upon us. So, chances are that you are planning a family gathering for Thanksgiving dinner. But if you are looking to travel this coming Thanksgiving, then I have you covered right here. On the ocean coast of Massachusetts halfway between Boston and Cape Cod lie a charming town called Plymouth. Plymouth has a special place in the history of the United States.
Plymouth is where the annual holiday of Thanksgiving first began. Thanksgiving was first established after a large group of pilgrims arrived on the coast of Plymouth via the famed Mayflower ship in 1620. In honor of Plymouth’s history with Thanksgiving, there are events happening this coming Thanksgiving week. These events will serve as your guide for what to do in Plymouth this Thanksgiving week.
Rockland Trust Bank Thanksgiving Parade
The Rockland Trust Bank Thanksgiving Parade will take place on Saturday, November 23rd at 10:30am on Plymouth’s waterfront. This parade will use the parading floats to showcase Plymouth’s history and heritage from its founding in the 17th century through the 21st century. The special floats for 2019 are D-Day’s 75th Anniversary and Apollo 11 – 50th Anniversary.
A few other floats that will feature during the parade include History Comes Alive, Mayflower Replica 1609 – 1620, and First Thanksgiving 1621. The parade will feature a special appearance by the Golden Knights Army Parachute Team. The Golden Knights is considered to be one of the best parachuting teams in the world today.
Friday Veteran Movie Night
The Friday Veteran Movie will happen on Friday, November 22nd, 2019 at 7pm at the Plymouth Memorial Hall. This is an event designed to honor the area’s veterans. This is done by showcasing a movie that is related to the United States Armed Forces. The movie is titled D-Day Normandy 1944. It is about the U.S. military’s historic landing on the French coast of Normandy during World War 2.
This event is free for veterans. Non-veterans may be asked to make a donation of at least $10 when attending the event.
Saturday Night Concert
The Saturday Night Concert will take place on Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 at 6:30pm at the Plymouth Memorial Hall. The concert will be performed by Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps. A few of the starting line-ups for the concert include Blessed Sacrament Golden Knights Alumni Corps, Crusaders SR. Drum and Bugle Corps, and Defenders Concert Corps. The ticket price will be $27 per person.
Hometown Family Fun Festival
The Hometown Family Fun Festival will happen from Friday, November 22nd to Sunday, November 24th, 2019 at the waterfront of Plymouth. There will be many events happening within the festival. A few notable events include the Hometown Craft Beer and Wine Garden, Children’s Pavilion, Food Truck Alley, Historic Village & Living Historians, and The Wampanoag Educational Pavilion.
Hometown Craft Beer and Wine Garden
The Hometown Craft Beer and Wine Garden will happen on Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 from 9am to 4pm on the waterfront of Plymouth. This will happen before, during, and after the Thanksgiving parade. This will be your opportunity to sample a variety of beers and wines. The Red Table Wine and the White Table Wine are two of the types of wine and beer available. The beers and wines can also be bought at their table.
The Children’s Pavilion will happen on Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 from 11am to 4pm. So, you can check it out as soon as the Thanksgiving parade ends. There will be a variety of activities available to children at the pavilion. These activities include face paintings, the creation and building of things, and taking photos of themselves. So, if you have any little ones with you, then this is something worth checking out.
Food Truck Alley
The Food Truck Alley will happen on Saturday, November 23rd, 2019. This will be the first year that the Food Truck Alley will make its mark at the festival. There will be a group of food trucks offering a variety of food for the hungry to eat. A few of the vendors who will be present include Away Cafe, Mom on the Go, and Tara’s Fried Dough.
The Historic Village will happen on Saturday, November, 23rd, 2019. This is an event where you can travel down memory lane. You will be able to watch scenes playing out that represents various events throughout the history of Plymouth. These scenes will be played by groups from the historic events. There will be historians interpreting what the scenes represent as they play out.
A few of the historic groups represented during the Historic Village event this year include New Plimmoth Gard, Harmon’s Company of Snowshoemen, and the 103 Infantry WW1. Once you are done with one scene, you can head on to the next scene and so on which will make you feel like you are time-traveling through history.
The Wampanoag Pavilion will be present during the festival from Friday, November 22nd to Sunday, November 24th, 2019. This is where you can go and learn about the historic dinner in 1621 between the colonists and the Wampanoag tribe who were native to the area.
This dinner would then be known as Thanksgiving. During this event, there will be two groups representing the colonists and the tribe who will relive the dinner that happened all these centuries ago.
These are all of the events that will guide you as you seek out what to do in Plymouth this coming Thanksgiving week. This charming Massachusetts coastal town has a special place in the holiday of Thanksgiving.
The Hotels To Stay In Plymouth
if you are visiting Plymouth this coming Thanksgiving week. You might be wondering where you would stay overnight at. I have got two suggestions for you to chew on as far as hotels are concerned.
Hotel 1620 Plymouth Harbor
This hotel is located on Plymouth’s waterfront. That will give you plenty of restaurants, shops, and nightlife establishments within walking distance of the hotel, not to mention the fact that you will also have easy access to the events happening this upcoming Thanksgiving week on the waterfront.
As for the hotel itself. There is an onsite restaurant called 1620 Bistro if you prefer not to venture outside of the hotel to eat. There is also an oversized indoor swimming pool and a fitness center for your enjoyment. Some of the hotel’s rooms and suites offer a charming view of the pool area while some others may net you a sweeping view of the harbor.
All hotel rooms and suites have WiFi in them. Each room and suite also come with a mini refrigerator and a coffee maker. The average rate for a standard room ranges from $149 to $243. Go here if you are interested in booking a stay and/or viewing some photos.
Mirbeau Inn & Spa Plymouth
The Mirbeau Inn & Spa Plymouth is located in the Pinehills area of Plymouth just north of the interchange of Clark Road and State Highway 3, also known as the Pilgrims Highway. This luxurious boutique hotel resembles a series of beautiful French countryside manors in its architectural style. This hotel is surrounded by beautifully landscaped Monet ponds and gardens.
The hotel is also surrounded by lush Pinehills Golf Club, offering you an opportunity to play golf. As the name of this hotel indicate, this hotel is renowned for its spa offerings. There are a total of three restaurants and bars onsite. They are The Bistro & Wine Bar, The Garden Bar, and The Aqua Terrace. All three of these restaurants have patio areas, allowing for beautiful views of the ponds and gardens.
All hotel rooms and suites feature beds with the hotel’s signature mattress called The Mirbeau Estate Mattress which includes the gel-infused memory foam topper. Also included on the bed along with the mattress are the plush, custom-made sheets and terry towels from the Italian firm, Frette’s.
In the bathroom of all the hotel’s rooms and suites, you can find a large French-style soaking tub and tilted walk-in shower. A fireplace is featured in every room and suite at this hotel as are the beautiful views of the Monet Ponds and Gardens. WiFi is also available in each room and suite.
The average rate for a standard room at this hotel ranges from $239 to $457. You can explore your booking options and/or check out some photos by going here.
What are your thoughts? Are you planning on visiting the birthplace of Thanksgiving this coming Thanksgiving week? Feel free to leave a comment below.