The autumn season is one of revelry, beauty and togetherness, and there are a number of events that bring the finer qualities of fall into focus. If you live in the Tri-State area, you are no doubt aware that there are several ways to celebrate autumn across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. If you are making plans for this year's festivities, the following are three must-do activities to add to the top of your list.
Hoboken Turkey Trot (New Jersey)
The third Hoboken Turkey Trot takes place on Nov. 19 at Pier A Park, starting with a one-mile fun run at 9:30 a.m. and a 5K at 10 a.m. All proceeds raised by the event will benefit charities throughout Hoboken, and nonperishable food items will be collected on the day of the race for donation to The Hoboken Shelter. Registration costs $30 for the 5K and $15 for the fun run if done online in advance, with each price increasing $5 for same-day registrations. To learn more about the Turkey Trot, visit http://hobokenturkeytrot.org.
Silverman's Farm (Connecticut)
There is no point during November when it is too late to pick a pumpkin, whether you intend to use it for a pie or carve a belated jack o' lantern. Silverman's Farm in Easton celebrates the autumn with a fully-decorated pumpkin patch stocked with nearly two dozen different kinds of squashes and gourds. If the weather is cold, warm up with a tall cup of fresh-pressed hot apple cider, and prepare for the upcoming holiday by perusing Silverman's selection of pre-cut Christmas trees. For events and contact information, visit http://www.silvermansfarm.com/.
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (New York)
Should you find yourself in the Tri-State area in November, there is no greater celebration of the autumn spirit than participating in the world-famous Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. 2016 marks the parade's 90th anniversary, so attendees can expect to see callbacks to parades past in addition to the various modern floats and balloons.
Experiencing the parade in person is a must-do experience for anyone who loves the spirit of the season. Fortunately, there is no shortage of real estate from which to watch the parade along its 2.5-mile route, starting on 77th Street and Central Park West, climbing up 6th Avenue, across 42nd Street and concluding at Macy's Herald Square on 34th Street.
Balloons announced for the 2016 parade include Pikachu, Spongebob Squarepants, Thomas the Tank Engine, Red the Angry Bird and Scrat from "Ice Age," among others. Floats include Macy's Tom Turkey and Santa's Sleigh, the Sesame Street Workshop and Snoopy's Doghouse. Live performances include Spirit of America Cheer, several marching bands from all across the United States and countless clowns.
If you find yourself in proximity to New York City on Thanksgiving morning, do yourself a favor and set aside time to watch the parade in person. To learn more information about this year's lineup, and to learn about the nine-decade history of the parade, visit http://social.macys.com/parade/.
Whether you are with 10,000 of your closest friends in New York City or with two or three of your nearest and dearest at a quiet pumpkin patch, make it a point to take advantage of the remainder of fall before winter sets in.
This article is presented by Kundert Volvo in Hasbrouck Heights and Englewood, NJ.