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What to do on Thanksgiving weekend

Posted On: 11/12/2018

You’ve probably already begun preparing — travel plans made, dinner recipes decided, and guests confirmed. But after the turkey is eaten, the Macy’s Day Parade is over, and the small talk has run out, what are you going to do on Thanksgiving weekend? We’ve pulled together a few of the best ways to keep you and your guests busy over the holiday weekend, no matter your group’s age or size.

The most classic activity would have to be catching a Thanksgiving Day Parade. Luckily, most large towns and cities have one, so you won’t need to keep your eyes glued to the television. If you’re up for heading into Plymouth, The Annual Thanksgiving Parade takes place on Saturday, November 17th at 11am. As the spot where pilgrims from Europe first touched down, Plymouth is known to be America’s hometown. From November 16th until the 18th, there are many other activities there, from concerts to historic tours, and more.

Parade of the Big Balloons in downtown Springfield is another great option. On November 23rd, this family-friendly festival features a fleet of giant helium balloons to rival Macy’s. Led by a 75 foot tall “Cat in the hat” and followed by marching bands and Santa himself. It certainly beats sitting in front of the television!

For those of you looking to burn off the turkey and stuffing, the Turkey Trot, the country’s most popular race, is most certainly coming to a town near you. Throughout the country, almost one million people take part in over a thousand locations, with distances from two miles to half marathons. Doing a bit of research will help you quickly find the race that’s nearest to you. Even if you’re not running, Turkey Trots can be a great community event, so bundle up, grab some hot chocolate, and cheer on the runners.

If none of the above tickle your fancy, there is also Black Friday shopping, classic New England skiing, ice skating on Frog Pond in Boston, taking a walk through the Christmas lights at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and so much more. No matter what you decide, our fleet of vehicles is up and running over Thanksgiving weekend, so be sure to make your reservation soon.

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