While the historical origins of Thanksgiving are often noted from dining room tables at a distance, this year, consider making the trip to Cape Cod and enjoy an authentic experience in the place where Thanksgiving history happened. There’s something special about walking in those very places the pilgrims first touched down and found themselves in a brand-new world. While Cape Cod is a meaningful Thanksgiving celebration destination, it’s also a fun one. With so many events to commemorate this important holiday going on, you’ll want to be sure to add these amazing stops to your holiday itinerary when you celebrate a Cape Cod Thanksgiving.

Chatham Turkey Trot

When it comes to embracing the spirit of Thanksgiving, giving is just as good receiving. Visitors to Cape Cod who are looking for an opportunity to give back while participating in an exciting athletic event will want to be sure to sign up for the annual Chatham Turkey Trot. This family-fun run gives participants the opportunity to run or walk the just over 3-mile loop that takes you through some of the Cape’s most breathtaking sights beginning at 631 Main Street. The race begins at 7:00 am with proceeds going to the Lower Cape Outreach Council. Once the race is complete, raffles and apple pie will be readily available for guests to enjoy. Non-perishable grocery donations are encouraged with registration as a way to give back to the community in a meaningful way!

Pilgrim Monument Lighting

Provincetown holds the special title as the landing place of the Mayflower making this Cape Cod destination an absolute must-visit when you’re here for the Thanksgiving holiday. The night before Thanksgiving, Cape Cod residents and visitors flock to the Provincetown-based Pilgrim Monument to honor this meaningful moment in history and witness the tower lit up in celebration for New England Thanksgiving. The ceremony generally runs from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm but once the monument is lit up, it stays that way through the beginning of the New Year.

Book a Stay You’ll Always Remember for a New England Thanksgiving

When you find yourself on Cape Cod for Thanksgiving, let the team at New England Vacation Rentals take care of your accommodation details. We’re happy to help you find a Cape Cod rental home that brings the comfort you crave and the style you deserve. Whether you’re looking for a seaside cottage or a sprawling estate, we’ve got a portfolio that keeps a customized stay as a top priority. Contact us today for more details on our many services and to begin planning your Cape Cod Thanksgiving getaway!