Where To Go During Thanksgiving Holiday? City-By-City Events Happening Near You
Thanksgiving is a big holiday in the U.S., and with it – a day off from work. For many Americans Thanksgiving is a family ritual and a time for them to enjoy a bountiful dinner, good company, and the start of the holiday shopping season.
Where are you headed this weekend full of never ending fun? Whether you decide to spend it at home with the family or go on a weekend getaway, there are city events happening during Thanksgiving holiday. You will be able to find activities for the whole family in some of our favorite cities.
New York, NY: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
For instance New York, You may think of New York as a little overrated, but New York doesn’t cease to impress millions of tourist for the holidays every year. This cosmopolitan city just knows how to do it right; take a chance and you may get carried away.
Experience the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! There are hundreds of floats featuring the casts of current Broadway musicals, popular TV shows, lovely cartoons, talented marching bands, cheerleaders, and more.
This year’s parade will also feature live performances from the biggest names in music like Tony Bennett, Regina Spektor, and hip-hop group De La Soul, just to name a few.
Among other guests to join the parade include Olympic gold medalist Laurie Hernandez, Sara McLachlan, Sesame Street cast members, and Muppets.
Be sure to book a bus ticket to New York in advance and see it for yourself. It’s one thing to read about it; it’s another to actually live it.
Boston, MA: Travel to Where it All Began
New England is the birthplace of this American Holiday. The very first Thanksgiving dinner took place at the Plimoth Plantation in the area of Plymouth, MA when the local Wampanoag tribe of Native Americans joined with British colonist for a feast that celebrated the coming together of two distinct peoples grateful for a bountiful harvest. Travel to Boston and learn the history behind this important holiday.
Charlotte, NC: Unique City Full of Fun
Charlotte celebrates one of the biggest Thanksgiving Day parades in the United States. Hundreds of bands, floats, and drill teams from both North and South Carolina march in uptown. The Turkey Trot (an 8K race through Charlotte’s neighborhoods) features a fun run, 5K walk, and a tot trot. The must see Garden show is a crowd favorite. This holiday tradition takes place at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, which is lit with more than 600,000 lights and features carriage rides, caroling, and baked treats. It’s a tradition that runs through the end of December.
Washington DC: Presidential Traditions and More
If you’re planning to spend Thanksgiving weekend in the DC area, take some notes because this city kicks off the holiday season with many wonderful activities and events. Here are some ideas for a couple of fun things to do.
The presidential turkey pardon ceremony is an interesting White House tradition that dates back to 1947. This tradition consists of the president formally pardoning a turkey and spares it from ending up on the Thanksgiving table.
Another popular event is the small business Saturday after Thanksgiving Day. This day is dedicated to supporting locally owned businesses and helps fuel the economy. Be sure to get an early start to beat the crowds.
Los Angeles, CA: The Celebrity Experience
You can enjoy the long weekend with a variety of events from ice skating, participating in a charity 5K race, to feeding the homeless, and even dancing the night away.
The Great Los Angeles Walk is an event held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Hundreds of walkers start the free urban hike on one side of the city and – nine hours and 17 miles later – end up at the other side. You can hop on and hop off the walk whenever you’d like after all, and it’s free admission!
We know it’s a little too early for Christmas, but the Hollywood Christmas Parade is an essential part of LA culture. It is a fun and magical experience according to many. The annual parade will be hosted by Erik Estrada and Laura McKenzie.
Whatever you decide to do on this holiday weekend, don’t forget to be thankful for the little things in life that many times are taken for granted.
Here at GotoBus, we want to wish safe travels and a happy Thanksgiving!