11/23/2017 - 8:00am
Celebrate the Original Thanksgiving
Cape Cod is a classic place to celebrate Thanksgiving. Provincetown, located at the northern tip of the Cape, is the site of the Mayflower landing, and Plymouth, where Thanksgiving originated, is right across the Cape Cod Bay. During Thanksgiving, Cape Cod visitors enjoy the history of this special American Holiday.
In 1620, 102 brave settlers left Plymouth, England, on a ship called the Mayflower, and made a voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. Though it was not their intended destination, the settlers on the Mayflower, known historically as the Pilgrims, dropped anchor of off the northern tip of Cape Cod, near modern-day Provincetown.
To commemorate the historic Mayflower landing, the Cape Cod Pilgrim Memorial Association built the Pilgrim Monument. Every year, thousands of visitors come to Provincetown to climb this classic 252-foot tower. During Thanksgiving, the Pilgrim Monument lights up and is especially festive.
Thanksgiving Events on Cape Cod 2017
Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument - November 22, 2017, 5 - 7 p.m.
Come to High Pole Hill in Provincetown to celebrate the Pilgrims’ first landing. On the night before Thanksgiving, hundreds of Cape Cod residents and visitors, enjoy the illumination of the Pilgrim Monument. Viewing is free and the white lights last until the first week of January, so be sure to come to the is historic site for the holidays.
Glassblowers' Christmas – Sandwich Glass Museum
Visit the Sandwich Glass Museum on 129 Main Street in Sandwich Village. For under $10, you can enjoy trees decorated with glass ornaments created by Cape Cod’s leading glass artists. The 2017 theme is the 12 days of Christmas.
Annual Chatham Turkey Trot - November 23, 2017
Work up an appetite for Thanksgiving dinner. The Chatham Turkey Trot is a fun Thanksgiving 5k that benefits the Lower Cape Outreach Council's emergency programs. Participants walk or run the 3.1/5k course. Registration opens at 7am and the race begins at 8am behind the Orpheum Theater on Chatham’s main street.
Cape Cod Thanksgiving Dinner Train
Take a culinary journey through Cape Cod’s classic towns. The Cad Cod Dinner Train offers a special five-course meal on a three-hour train ride. Guests enjoy Cad Cod’s beautiful landscape through glass windows, while dining on traditional Thanksgiving food. Tickets sell out fast, so reserve your spot soon.