Best Thanksgiving Parades, Marathons & Costumes ideas for your Thanksgiving holidays and events! These ideas are great ways to celebrate! Thanksgiving is one of the most traveled holidays in the US. It is a time when family, extended family and friends come together, a time when old traditions are added to and new traditions are created, and a time to give thanks. It can be more than just a wonderful turkey dinner.
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Best Thanksgiving Parades, Marathons and Costumes Ideas
Below we have compiled a great list of Thanksgiving Day events that everyone in the whole family can enjoy. If you are looking for great Thanksgiving Day costumes, check Mr Costumes. Below are Thanksgiving events that will bring family, friends, and neighbors out by the thousands to enjoy! We have healthy, festive events. If you have a Thanksgiving Day event you would like us to add please contact us or leave a comment.
Thanksgiving Day Parades
We have the biggest and the best Thanksgiving Day parades list. Thanksgiving Day Parades are as much of a holiday tradition as the Thanksgiving turkey meals, football and pumpkin pie. Thanksgiving Day Parades are celebrated throughout the US and attract tens of thousands to the events. They are very family friendly and a great way to usher in this holiday season in grand style, good spirits and seasonal cheer. Thanksgiving is a time to share in reasons to be thankful and is exciting for the young and old. Make sure if you go to the parade you go early as many flock to one of the nation’s oldest traditions. If planned correctly, you will still be home in time for the great feast before kick-off. Your children will be telling stories about the giant character balloons, marching bands and that they were among the first to see Santa this season!
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is celebrating over 80 years of the most recognized holiday parade with 3 million spectators, over 40 million television viewers and hundreds of decorated floats with themed costumed characters that wave and motivate the crowds along the parade route to cheer. Macy’s Day Parade always attracts many celebrities, top performers in various industries and special guest stars. The Parade starts at 9am at 77th Street and Central Park West in New York and ends at 34th and 7th Avenue. This is the largest Thanksgiving day event so don’t miss it!
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Thanksgiving Day Parade has been going since 1910 and has over 90 years of some of the best parade floats, wonderful performers, nationally awarded best marching bands, spirited choirs, dancers, gigantic character balloons and the Winter Wonderland Expo. Expect to see several celebrity special guests. This year they are promoting the 6abc Holiday Food Drive, so please bring cans and non-perishable food items to show your support and thanks. This year the event starts at 8:15 am on 20th JFK Boulevard, left down 16th Street and follows along Ben Franklin Parkway until it ends at Eakins Oval just in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Statue of Washington.
Chicago, Illinois – Thanksgiving Day Parade - also known as the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Hundreds of contestants, giant helium balloons, remarkable floats, award-winning performers, dancers, choirs, national award-winning marching bands, talented equestrian units, Thanksgiving themed, winter cheer decorations and the annual Christmas kick off with local and national special guests brings holiday cheer, regardless of snow, sleet or even rain. Weather will not stop this parade; the show will go on as contestants are ready to entertain and amaze the spectators. The parade starts in downtown Chicago on State Street (from Congress to Randolph) at 8:00am sharp! Live television broadcasting starts on WGN channel 9 Chicago until the parade ends at 11am, just in time for everyone to go home for Thanksgiving dinner and enjoy the football game.
Thanksgiving Day Marathons and Turkey Trots:
Atlanta, Georgia 5K Turkey Trot marathon – This Thanksgiving Day’s Atlanta Turkey Trot will be held November 22. It gives runners and walkers an opportunity to participate in the Thanksgiving Day 5 k marathon. Kids 6 years old and under can participate in the Gravy Gallop and children 7-12 will enjoy the Mashed Potato Mile. Thousands are expected to show up along the marathon route and cheer the contestants on.
Minneapolis, Minnesota Turkey Day 5k marathon – Since 1989, the Life Time Turkey Day 5K has brought family and friends together to start the day in a healthy way. Runners, joggers, walkers and people pushing children in strollers, line up early Thanksgiving Day morning at the Life Time Fitness Target Center in Lakeville, Minneosota. The course is 5 k and has many areas for onlookers to cheer the marathon contestants. This year they will have the River City Rhythm drum line preforming.
Boise, Idaho has a very healthy way to celebrate Thanksgiving. Boise Turkey Trot Relay, which is 4 runs over 2 miles, starts at 9am at the East End of Ann Morrison Park. Boise Lifetime Turkey Day 5k marathon starts early Thanksgiving Day. The Turkey Trot has 2 runners in Turkey costumes leading the pack to the finish line and is particularly humorous.
Chicago, Illinois Turkey Trot starts early Thanksgiving Day at Lincoln Park along Lake Michigan, and the runners, joggers, and walkers finish at Cannon Drive just north of Fullerton. Like the other Turkey Trots, they traditionally start when the runners in the Thanksgiving turkey costumes start running. It’s guaranteed to be fun for the whole family as long as weather is permitting.
Phoenix, Arizona has several Turkey Trots on Thanksgiving Day. This Thanksgiving Day events in Arizona include some great healthy and fun traditions. Choose from 1 mile courses to 5k, 10k and youth marathons. LifeTime now has several cities partaking in healthy ways to start your Thanksgiving holidays by running, jogging, and walking. In some cities families can even join pushing younger children in strollers across the finish line. Life time is famous for having the first runners to be fully dress as Thanksgiving Day turkeys.