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Thanksgiving - anything special??

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Thanksgiving - anything special??

Hello, could you tell me please if there is any disruption on Thanksgiving. We are planning our trip from 16th - 23rd November do you think it is a good time to go?? Have been there before from 25th Nov - 3rd December so i think i will miss out on seeing the tree this year.

Any help much appreciated.

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1. Re: Thanksgiving - anything special??

Disruption? There's a HUGE PARADE down Broadway on Thanksgiving day (the Thurs.) and the Fri. is known as Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year!!! That weekend is also one fo the busiest travel times of the year.

There are probably dozens of trip reports here on visits for Thanksgiving. The tree will be up by Thanksgiving, but not lit.

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Are the shops closed though on thanksgiving?

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Yes.

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Thanksgiving in the United States is a huge family holiday. All businesses are shut, and people make an effort to gather with their extended families for dinner on that day (which traditionally consists of turkey...) As a result, it is an enormously busy weekend for travel, and all airports are mobbed. Except for the parade, the city will seem largely deserted that day.

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GWB makes a good point - since Thanksgiving is a true American holiday (like Memorial Day and Independence Day), it cuts across religious and cultural lines. Therefore, it's hard to find a segment of our society that doesn't observe it to some extent.

If you're going to stay open, it's based on economics.

Many restaurants offer traditional American Thanskgiving dinners (turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, corn, etc.). Check at opentable.com closer to the holiday. Yet, in 1995, I was alone and ate at a newly-opened Thai restuarant in the East Village, but that was the only thing open for blocks.

The only other places that stay open are some 24-hour delis and bodegas. Supermarkets stay open until about 2 pm, because they know people need that last-minute can of cranberry sauce! Basically, it depends if the small business owner has fewer family obligations and wants to gamble on making an additional buck or two on a slow day.

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smf --

The other thing to note - Thanksgiving is always on the third Thursday of the month of November and the Friday following is called "Black Friday" because it's the biggest single shopping day of the year, and traditionally, the day that the retail segment breaks into the black, a profit , on the balance sheet.

If you're going to be shopping, be prepared for masses of people and folks who will grab things right out of your hands. You will find out just how unexpectedly rude certain segments of the population can be.

The Euro influence will allow you to pick up some real bargains, if you're interested. Many stores will open at 07:00 - and by noon you'll be ready for another holiday. Get the NY TImes for Wednesday and read the ads so you know where you want to go.

Also, traditionally, since the parade is The Santa Claus Parade, it's the time that all the Christmas decorations are revealed in the stores in Manhattan. Be sure to see FAO Schwartz the toy store - it's always terrific.

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Starbucks and other food chains are usually open

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smf is thinking of leaving on Black Friday. I have no personal experience with airport and traveling to/from airport on that day. Wonder if anyone else does.

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<<The other thing to note - Thanksgiving is always on the third Thursday of the month of November and the Friday following is called "Black Friday" >>

Actually, Thanksgiving is always on the FOURTH Thursday in November!

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Even more fun than the actual parade is the Inflation Party the night before. Held on Central Park West, you can stroll around and watch all those huge balloons being blown up. Usually very crowed, but certainly a very unique NY event.

If you're not into the great American turkey experience, you'll still find lots of ethnic restaurants open....especially Chinese.

As far as flying on Friday, I've done it, and it's probably the best day to fly that weekend, except for Thanksgiving day of course. Crowds are ususally light, even at the NYC airports.