Thanksgiving Parades & Festivals
Originally declared a national holiday in 1863, Thanksgiving is celebrated with long-standing traditions centered on food, family, and philanthropy. This year, take your celebration to the next level by traveling to top Thanksgiving parades and festivals across the country. The Parking Spot has come up with a list of festive places for you and your family to give thanks this November, including Dallas to participate in the famous Turkey Trot, New York to watch the 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and of course, Plymouth to relive the first harvest feast. Turkey Trot | Dallas, TX On the morning of Thanksgiving, turkey enthusiasts gather in cities across the country to participate in festive trots. Among the largest multi-event races is the Dallas Turkey Trot, where more than 40,000 runners lace up for 5K and 8K races. The Thanksgiving festival set a world record in 2011 for the largest gathering of people in turkey costumes. Non-trotters can enjoy carnival activities, pony rides, live music, and bounce houses. Participate in other top trots in Buffalo, NY; Las Vegas, NV; Charlotte, NC; and Detroit, MI. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade | New York City, NY Gather on the streets of Manhattan to watch the 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. With more than 8,000 participants, 3.5 million spectators, and 50 million television viewers, this holiday display has become a celebrated tradition across America. Marching bands, whimsical floats, and gigantic balloons parade through New York City, while live music lights up the stage. This year, expect performances from pop stars including Mariah Carey, Jordin Sparks, Andy Grammer, Train, and more. Plymouth, MA In 1621, colonists and Wampanoag Indians came together in Plymouth to share the first autumn feast—now recognized as a Thanksgiving celebration. Bring back the traditional spirit of the holiday with a trip to where it all started. Each year, Plymouth honors the heritage of the Mayflower pilgrims by hosting “America’s Hometown” Thanksgiving events. Festivities include parades, markets, tours through historic villages, and a fall food festival with local cuisine. Families can also participate in a harvest dinner with Plymouth Pilgrims throughout the month. Trot through the streets of Dallas, admire turkey-worshipping parades, and celebrate new traditions this Thanksgiving. Where are you spending the holiday this year?