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Everyone knows the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the biggest Thanksgiving event in the country, but it’s not the only exciting thing happening this week in New York City! As we prepare to stuff ourselves with turkey, mashed potatoes, and pie, there are a variety of fun Thanksgiving events in NYC to take part in. From Native American hoop dancing performances to a food donation scavenger hunt, check out the best Thanksgiving events happening this year in New York City!

1. Celebrate Evacuation Day at Federal Hall

Federal Hall exterior

Evacuation Day is a November holiday in New York City that was once bigger than Thanksgiving. Observed on November 25th, this early American holiday marked the date on which the last British soldiers left Manhattan after the Revolutionary War in 1783. While Thanksgiving has certainly grown to overshadow this historic marker, there are still ways to celebrate.

This year at Federal Hall, Park Ranger Ryan Ventura will give a talk on Wednesday, November 23rd at 11 AM about the loyalist factions that supported the British, what New York City was like under British rule from 1776 to 1783, and Martial law in New York City.