Kick off Thanksgiving with the Plymouth Parade and Celebration
Who needs New York City when the Plymouth Thanksgiving Parade – a three-day celebration – is back and better than ever.
From November 19 to 21 with the parade on the 20, the celebration will include everything from an outdoor cafe by the water’s edge to children’s activities and pageants.
In recent years, the parade and activities have drawn up to 200,000 people to “America’s hometown”. This year, that number could be higher.
“The way it looks, it could be very important,” said Olly DeMacedo, director of the Volunteer Parade.
The parade kicks off Saturday morning at 10 a.m. from Plymouth Waterfront near Plymouth Rock (79 Water St.)
With a large crowd expected, the planning is smart. And there’s plenty to do in town long after parade time.
First, get there: your two best bets are to take the train or drive and park in the two designated areas which will have free shuttles that run regularly.
For trains, you can take the commuter train from South Station in Kingston at 6:20 am or 8:20 am, then return at 1:18 pm or 3:18 pm Free shuttles will run to and from the train. all day.
If you are driving it is not the best idea to try and secure a place near the city center. Instead, park on the grounds of Kingston Suburban Station (take Exit 17 off Route 3) or the grounds on Obery Street (off Exit 13) in Plymouth.
These two sites will have free shuttles every 15 minutes. And for the most generous, the walk from Obery Street is doable.
The parade route is full of great spots for viewing. Cole’s Hill is popular, but fills up quickly. Along the streets you will find open shops.
Other events will also fill the days.
The Portal to the Past, located in Brewster Gardens (directly across from the boulder) is where you can walk through reenactments of things like Blacksmithing, Combat Readiness, and more.
At 9:15 a.m., the famous Golden Knights Army parachute team will land in town.
There’s a pop-up craft beer and wine garden, Native American lodge, food truck alley, kids’ activities, and more.
Along Main Street you’ll find merchants welcoming everyone after the parade for a great opportunity to dive into your holiday shopping.
DeMacedo, who has been involved in the parade since it began 25 years ago, said the parade will again feature amazing floats that tell the story of America from its inception.
“America is a nation of immigrants,” he said. “This parade tells this story so well.”
This year, WCVB Channel 5 will be on site and will broadcast the entire parade live. And if you miss it or want to relive it, they’ll air it again on Thanksgiving morning.
All of Plymouth’s historic sites will also be open throughout the day, meaning you can visit the Plimoth Pautuxet Museums, a 17th-century living museum, the Jenney Grist Mill and many other historic sites in the city.
If you want a weekend getaway, Plymouth has a plethora of hotels to choose from. It might be worth it: The fun continues on Sunday with an incredible waterfront harvest market and most of the historic sites still open.
Learn more at usathanksgiving.com.