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Guide to America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration

The town of Plymouth, MA, holds a special designation in harvest season history. This is where the pilgrims and the Native Americans first gathered to count their blessings in 1621. You can’t get much closer to the exact coordinates of where the original Thanksgiving meal took place.

Each year, Plymouth puts on an epic three-day holiday tribute known as America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration. Brockton, Randolph, and Stoughton area residents interested in what this year’s festival has cooking for its 20-year anniversary have come to the right place. Check out Nissan 24’s guide to this incredible celebration below.

A Thanksgiving Parade Like No Other

The main event of America’s Hometown is a mobile show that takes over the streets of historic Plymouth for an unforgettable live-action narrative. The Plymouth Hometown parade is the only parade of its kind that tells a complete and chronological multi-century story that starts in the 1600s and advances through present day. Talented performers, ornate handmade floats, military marchers, and drum and bugle corps come together to create a vibrant procession of history, patriotism, and gratitude.

This year, spectators can look forward to new floats in the lineup that pay tribute to some of our nation’s greatest sites and minds, including Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park, and the Wright Brothers. The parade kicks off at Benny’s Plaza Court Street at 11 am on Saturday, November 21.

Harbor-Side History

Throughout the weekend, the historic Plymouth waterfront, whose waves once held the Mayflower, will be abuzz with family-friendly fun. Stock up on colorful fresh produce from Makepeace Farms’ Harvest Market, attend an honorary candle lighting ceremony, and vote for your favorite lit-up storefront display in downtown Plymouth. The illumination celebration will be held at 4 pm on Saturday. Makepeace Farms will host their Harvest Market on the waterfront from 11 am to 4 pm on Sunday, November 22.

Festival attendees will delight in time traveling on a historic tour through harbor front Brewster Gardens where former inhabitants in American history will walk the park. Interact with Plymouth infantrymen, artisans, and residents from four different centuries gone by. The Historic Village runs from 11 am to 4 pm on November 21.

Inspiration for Your Thanksgiving Dinner

America’s Hometown Thanksgiving also hosts Plymouth’s New England Food Festival sponsored by Hannaford market. The festival—or shall we say feast-ival—brings together top South Shore chefs from the area’s best restaurants for an epic holiday dining experience. The chefs compete to win, and you get to be their honorary taste tester!

Adults pay just $12 per ticket for a celebration of the senses with mouth-watering harvest soups, entrees, party bites, cakes, and pies. Between the menu and the décor, you’ll get plenty of inspiration to bring back to your own Turkey Day table. Meet at historic Plymouth Rock for the NE Food Festival on November 21 from 11 am to 4 pm.

Brockton, Randolph, and Stoughton area residents can’t miss this unforgettable Thanksgiving event! Make plans now to attend this exciting celebration of fall, family, and history.