So you’ve got four days off this Thanksgiving and instead of heading home for the holidays, you want to explore something new. On Thursday, November 28, 2013 America will celebrate Thanksgiving in different ways. So whether you want to watch a parade, or see the President pet a live Turkey, there are loads of Thanksgiving Day destinations. And no worries, you’ll have plenty of time to eat your turkey and mashed potatoes too.
What other city offers as much American history and culture than DC? Beyond meandering the Lincoln Memorial or White House grounds, visitors are treated with a show. Each holiday since 1989, the President has pardoned a turkey in a holy act to send it to live its remaining days on a farm instead of being dinner like the other 50 million turkeys.
New York City
The City that never sleeps sticks true to its motto, even on holidays. Each holiday near three million people crowd New York City streets to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. From Snoopy to Mickey Mouse, this parade is more than celebrating a holiday of thanks. It symbols the start of the holiday season, and that means lots of loot for Macy’s on Black Friday.
To truly experience American history, visit Plymouth. This is the location where the pilgrims made way from the Mayflower journey. The town features a three-day celebration, which occurs the weekend prior to the holiday. Explore food, culture and historical reenactments.
Nothing goes together more like peas and carrots than football and Thanksgiving. The tradition of professional football played on Thanksgiving dates back from the 1980’s. With the exception of World War Two years, the Detroit Lions have played on Thanksgiving every year since 1934.
For a not-so-New York-price vacation, visit Midwest City, Chicago. Chicago boats a massive Thanksgiving Day Parade along with excellent catered turkey meals. Go nuts on Black Friday on Magnificent Mile as you shop till you drop.
Give thanks to our American history in Philly. Schedule a tour to view Independence Hall, The Liberty Bell or Ben Franklin’s printing press. Enjoy various historic walks and spend time where the Constitution and Declaration of Independence took form.