With a long weekend ahead, it is only natural to want to make the most of it! Fortunately, when living in a city as great as New York City, you don’t have to travel far in order to find plenty of fun things to do and see on Thanksgiving weekend. Here is a look at just a few of the activities you may enjoy.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
An annual NYC tradition since 1924, the three-hour Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off a 9:00 am on Thanksgiving Day. For added fun, head to the American Museum of Natural History the night before anytime from 3:00 to 10:00 pm to see the parade balloons as they are inflated for the big day. Show up later in the evening to see the balloons at their peak size and shape. The balloon inflation and the parade are both free events, but both activities draw large crowds. Therefore, it is important to plan ahead and to arrive early in order to get the best views.
Prospect Park Track Club Turkey Trot
The Prospect Park Track Club Turkey Trot takes place on Thanksgiving Day. One of Brooklyn’s most popular races, this five-mile run offers a great way to kick off the holiday season while ensuring participants are still home in time to enjoy their Thanksgiving feasts. The race starts at 9:00 am at Center Drive near East Drive and finishes near Lakeside Center. The top three runners receive a pie as a prize, while all participants earn a medal. If you don’t want to run, head on out to cheer on those who do!
Thanksgiving Day: Clue on a Loop with Brandy and Board Games
Videology Bar and Cinema with be hosting an evening full of mystery, board games, brandy and pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving Day. From 4:00 pm until 1:00 am, the cinema will run the 1985 classic Clue on a loop, while board games will be set up on every table throughout the night. The evening will also feature a special menu boasting three different types of brandies and pumpkin pie.
Annual Day After Thanksgiving Hike
The Greenbelt Nature Center will host its Annual Day After Thanksgiving Hike on Friday. The free event starts at 10:00 am as Greenbelt Nature Center educators guide participants along a 2.5-mile hike with stops at the historic David LaTourette House, which was constructed in 1836.
NYC Pilgrim Pedal
Sponsored by Bike NYC, the annual NYC Pilgrim Pedal takes place the day after Thanksgiving. The family-friendly 10-mile ride passes through Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens with a stop for a pancake diner breakfast in between. The ride starts at 23rd Street and FDR Drive in Manhattan and starts at 9:00 am. The cost is $35 per partic
Thank You for Everything: Thanksgiving Edition
The House of Yes will kick of Thanksgiving on Wednesday with its Thank You for Everything: Thanksgiving Edition starting at 10:00 pm on November 22nd and running until 4:00 am Thanksgiving morning. The event will feature dance music, circus acts and other live performances.