Thanksgiving is a huge part of America’s history. In times gone by, it was a celebration of a good harvest between the Pilgrims and the Puritans.
Today, families gather around a large meal and enjoy some free time with each other.
Regardless of the setting, the holiday promotes a sense of positivity and togetherness that can’t be beaten.
If you want to get involved with one of America’s most prominent holidays, then why not take a look at a parade? All the fun of Thanksgiving but don’t have the time to cook a massive dinner, parades are a great way to immerse yourself in the holiday.
Celebrate the holiday of fun, family and togetherness without having to know exactly what it’s about.
The Macy’s Parade – New York City, Manhattan
When you think about a parade, nine times out of 10, you’ll be thinking about the Macy’s Parade in New York. Featured on both film and television shows, this parade is one of the most iconic.
Starting at the Empire State Building and travelling around Central Park, these coloured balloons, dancers and marching bands will be sure to get you into the Thanksgiving spirit.
Philadelphia: Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade
For the 94th year in a row, 1.4 miles of Philly’s streets will be flooded with visitors looking to have a great Thanksgiving! This is Americas oldest Thanksgiving parade and a cultural icon of the season.
The organisers of the parade are aiming to make it “the most band friendly parade in the country”, so expect to hear from a host of musicians: from high schools to the professionals.
Santa even puts in an appearance to seamlessly slip you into the Christmas season.
Houstons H-E-B Holiday Parade
Attracting over 200,000 visitors, this 66-year tradition is the height of Thanksgiving fun in the South.
The pleasant autumnal sun and fresh air brings families out in their droves to stretch their legs and admire the floats. Though the name may have changed over the years, the traditional family spirit of the festival is stronger than ever.
McDonalds Thanksgiving Parade – Chicago, Illinois
With over 100 different groups of eye-catching entertainment taking place rain or shine, the McDonalds Thanksgiving Parade is going to be a busy one.
Screams’ David Arquette is Grad Marshalling this year’s festivities alongside Masterchef’s Graham Elliot and a whole host of other celebs!
North Miami Thanksgiving Parade
If you aren’t feeling the autumnal weather then you can try celebrating Thanksgiving on the West Coast. In Miami, these higher temperatures lead to a different kind of festival.
For the past 44 years, North Maimi has been putting on a show of thanks in the form of live music, floats and dancers in 20 – 26°c heat.
If you prefer your Thanksgiving with a little bit of sun, this is a parade you shouldn’t miss.
Americas Hometown Parade – Plymouth, Massachusetts
Billed as the most historically accurate event you could be attending, the Americas Hometown celebrations is a lot tamer than the previously mentioned events.
This one is great for if you want to know the real meaning of Thanksgiving, but don’t want a full-on history lesson.
At only 19 years old, this parade is still pretty new, but it’s the old values it brings across that make this experience truly unique.
Let the period costumes and incredible actors tell you the tale of the pilgrims—the real reason for celebration.
What Thanksgiving parades do you recommend? Let us know in the comments.