What better place to celebrate Thanksgiving than where the Pilgrims organized the original feast? Festivities involve serious chowder sampling at the
Dates: Thanksgiving Weekend
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Star of the show: American Pride!
Events: Thanksgiving Parade, re-creation of the original Thanksgiving feast, food festival, historic village, craft fair
Duration: Three days
Music: Drum and bugle corp
For me as a child, Thanksgiving was reduced to a hand-drawn turkey made of construction paper, and a Native American costume for the school play. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the holiday, celebration with family, all of the food, etc, but there’s always been a small voice inside me saying, “There’s more to the story than turkey and maize!” Every year, visitors come to this festival bringing with them their own impressions of the famous “First Thanksgiving” in 1621. Unfortunately, that famous “dinner”, (which was shared by 50-odd English immigrants and 90 Wampanoag men led by their sachem Massasoit), was not a real Thanksgiving at all! It was a secular harvest celebration that was not associated with the modern Thanksgiving holiday until the nineteenth century.
All is not lost, however. The first Thanksgiving in New England did occur in
If you want to learn more about the real Thanksgiving, you can’t pick a better environment than
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