Best Cities to Celebrate Thanksgiving

Turkey, stuffing, cranberries and mashed potatoes… November means the great American feasting day is nearly upon us, so here are some of the best spots in the U.S. to catch an awesome Turkey Day celebration!

New York City Topping the list is the country’s most famous Thanksgiving Day celebration, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. For three hours, hundreds of creative floats and balloons parade down the streets of the city in front of thousands, as the city bursts with music and festivity- finishing off with Santa as the grand finale.

Chicago, Illinois Though not as famous as New York’s, Chicago’s Mcdonald’s Thanksgiving Parade has been running since 1934 down State Street. It brings in the holiday season with plenty of festivity with a big tree lighting as its finale in the evening.

San Francisco, California For those who love to start out Thanksgiving morning with some calorie burning, San Fran puts on a Turkey Trot bright and early. Then a Thanksgiving Day Block party downtown is an awesome event where people come together to deliver warm meals to families in need, and a tree lighting in Ghirardelli Square finishes off the festivities. We have to give Palm Springs a shout out here too, rock up and stay at any of the RV parks in Palm Springs and you’ll have a blast!

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Dunkin Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade held in Philly is actually the oldest Thanksgiving parade in the country- started in 1920! They feature plenty of massive floats and musical guests- you can watch the action from the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a great vantage point.

Charlotte, North Carolina Down south, the Carolinas Carrousel Parade has a local feel, featuring the Carrousel Queens, local marching bands and plenty of decorated floats. Afterward, the Ballantyne Hotel’s restaurant hosts some cooking classes with a holiday theme- such as gingerbread and holiday treats, so you can gear up for the next holiday!

Boston, Massachusetts Boston brings in the season with ice skating on Frog Pond, tree lighting in the Boston Commons, and a Boston Pops concert the night after Thanksgiving. They also throw a great Thanksgiving Day Brunch at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel.