This Thanksgiving, do something that you’ll look back and be thankful you did – something that you can cross off your Thanksgiving bucket list. Your in-laws, parents, or grandparents will be okay without you or your family for one Thanksgiving, or, perhaps they’ll want to come along too. Either way, here are five great ways to spend your Thanksgiving.
1. Watch the Macy’s Day Parade in New York City
Join the more than 3.5 million people who line the streets of Manhattan to enjoy one of America’s favorite Thanksgiving traditions: the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This parade officially kicks off the holiday season with plenty of fanfare and fun for all with giant balloons, floats, performers, marching bands, and so much more. Spending Thanksgiving at the Macy’s Day Parade is something you won’t ever forget.
2. Attend a NFL Thanksgiving game
When you count your blessings is football at the top of the list? Then spend Thanksgiving at one of the three NFL games being played on Thanksgiving Day. This year the Bears take on the Lions in Detroit, the Eagles play the Cowboys in Dallas, and the Seahawks face off against the 49ers in San Francisco. If I had to choose between the three, I’d spend my Thanksgiving at AT&T Stadium in Dallas watching the Cowboys take on the Eagles. The games at 4:30 p.m., so you could eat your Thanksgiving meal, go to the game, take a nap, and then hit those great Black Friday deals in Dallas when the clock strikes midnight.
3. Live the History in Plymouth, Massachusetts
If you’re a lover of history, then consider spending your Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts. You can partake of a 17th century Thanksgiving dinner; tour the Mayflower II, a full-scale reproduction of the 17th century ship that crossed the Atlantic in 1620. Also, you can visit a colonial village and Wampanoag Homesite that bring history to life with people portraying actual residents of Plymouth Colony and the Wampanoag people. There’s no better way to have an authentic Thanksgiving than to spend it like the Pilgrims and Wampanoag people who first celebrated it.
4. Thanksgiving Day at the Downs
Spend Thanksgiving at Churchill Downs in Kentucky watching the horse races and enjoying a traditional Thanksgiving feast. Even if you don’t win any money, you’ll love your visit to the “Home of the Kentucky Derby” with its luxury suites, Kentucky Derby Museum, and top-notch horse racing.
5. Run your first turkey trot
Perhaps you don’t have the budget to travel this Thanksgiving, or maybe you just enjoy visiting your family or staying home for Thanksgiving. Either way, you can still cross an item off your Thanksgiving bucket list by running your first Turkey Trot. It seems just about every big city has these 5Ks or 10Ks on Thanksgiving. Running a Turkey Trot is a great way to exercise and have fun. Plus, you don’t have to fill guilty about going back for seconds of your favorite pie.
If you’ve already made plans for this Thanksgiving, then tuck this list away and start planning for next year or the years to come. You’ll be thankful you did!