Travelers who move around the United States experience the wealth of culture and history across our country. One of the best times of year for connecting to our greater community is Thanksgiving, and that’s because of its memorable festivities. From our nation’s favorite sports to iconic parades and pardons, here are five Thanksgiving traditions we love.
When you think about all the turkeys eaten on Thanksgiving every year, it can be sad. That’s why there are reports of turkeys gaining clemency from presidents dating back to Lincoln. An annual tradition since Truman, the Turkey Pardon in DC will continue this year with Obama’s last holiday season in the White House.
This year marks the 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a landmark event that garners millions of television viewers every year. The gathering also always draws massive crowds to New York City’s Midtown, with giant floats of famous cartoons and pop-culture figures as the main attractions. This year will feature performances by Tony Bennett and De la Soul among many others.
Every Thanksgiving, some of America’s favorite football teams square off in a few holiday games. This year will feature another matchup between the Redskins and Cowboys—both teams play every Thanksgiving—with other games between the Vikings and Lions, as well as the Steelers against the Colts. These competitive squads will be sure to keep things interesting for the millions of Americans watching from home.
While not as iconic as the Macy’s Parade, the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade earns respect as the country’s longest standing event of its kind. Running through Rittenhouse Square and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, this is about as close as you can get to the heart of America. Expect giant floats of favorite childhood characters like Mr. Potato Head and My Little Pony.
No matter where you are in life, it’s always nice to step away for the Thanksgiving holiday to spend time with family. It could mean going back to your hometown, meeting somewhere neutral, or traveling to a new city. For perks and travel deals in IC Cities, check out or boutiques around the country.