Five Places to Visit Before Thanksgiving


By Carla Charter

With the Halloween decorations packed away and the last of the holiday’s candy dwindling, thoughts turn for many to Thanksgiving.  For those looking for ways to get them in the mood for the upcoming holiday, they might want to consider a visit to the following places.


The town of Plymouth Massachusetts is a must see stop for all things Thanksgiving history.  Along with visiting Plymouth Rock, it is the home of Plymouth Plantation a living recreation of the village the pilgrims created after they landed in 1692.  The town is also home to Pilgrim Hall Museum telling the Native American and Pilgrim’s 1692 stories. Among the permanent exhibits at the museum are original Pilgrim possessions including Peregrine White’s cradle, William Bradford’s Bible, and Myles Standish’s sword. More information on historic Plymouth can be found at


Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

To learn more about the lives of Native Americans, long before the pilgrims arrived, take a tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of American Indians Museums, one of which is located in Washington, D.C. and a second museum located in New York City.  The museums house 825,000 items and have one of the largest collections of Native American Art and Artifacts in the world.   Items include works of aesthetic, religious and historical significance as well as items created for everyday use. The museums also house photographic, media and paper archival collections. More information about the Smithsonian National Museum of the Indian can be found at


Pilgrim Monument, Provincetown

In Provincetown is the Pilgrim Monument, built in between 1907 and 1910, to commemorate the first landing of the Mayflower Pilgrims, in Provincetown on November 11, 1620.  Provincetown is also where these Pilgrims signed the Mayflower Compact, the first agreement and enforcement of self-government in America.   The tower itself is 252 feet, 7.5 inches tall and rises 350 feet above sea level. it is the tallest -all granite structure in the United States.  The Provincetown Museum also houses a diorama of the signing of the Compact as well as other items related to the pilgrim’s landing and the town’s maritime history.  More information on the Pilgrim Monument and the Provincetown Museum can be found at







Pro-Football Hall of Fame

What would Thanksgiving be without football?  At the Pro-Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, fans can learn about the history of the game., see Super Bowl Championship Rings from all 54 Super Bowl games and bronze busts of all of the Hall of Famers along with their stories.  Another not to miss display is the Pro-Football Hall of Game Card Collection, the most valuable football card collection in the world. More information on the Pro-Football Hall of Fame can be found at



Macy’s Day Parade Balloon Inflation

If you are going to be in New York City for Thanksgiving the Macy’s Day Parade is a must. What people may not know though is that there is another event which people flock to the day before., the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Inflation. Visitors can watch as their favorite balloon whether it be Snoopy, the Grinch or a Power Ranger, come to life as it is inflated. More information on the Macy’s Day Parade Balloon Inflation event can be found at


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