Philly Sure Knows How to Entertain on Turkey Weekend!
It is so hard to grasp how rapidly the end of year is approaching, it seems like it was just yesterday we were celebrating the onset of 2012 and now I find myself having to gather my end of year shopping list. But I do have to say, I am gladly looking forward to some of the great holidays of the fall and winter seasons. One of my favorites has to be Thanksgiving because it encompasses so many that I so dearly cherish such as festive time with family, two days off from work and best of all lots of comfort foods.
Thanksgiving also brings about lots of family friendly celebrations and some of the largest of all can be found in the great state of Philadelphia. The area hosts everything from family friendly events to adults only parties. Whichever event you choose to go to, you are certain to enjoy a long Thanksgiving weekend in the Philadelphia area.
Top Events and Celebrations in Philadelphia for Thanksgiving Weekend
1.) Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade – This annual event will be celebrating its 92nd anniversary this year. In addition to the typical Thanksgiving parade activities, floats and Santa Claus, the Philadelphia parade places special emphasis on marching bands. Children will love watching 19 different large bands march by throughout the morning. Parade runs roughly from 9am until noon.
2.) Thanksgiving Turkey Crawl – On November 21 and November 24, adults 21 and over will be able to join an eight-hour long pub crawl. Participants are encouraged to dress as a Native American or a pilgrim to celebrate the occasion, and the pub crawl will wind its way through the most beloved bars in town. Tickets must be purchased in advance, but they only cost $1 per day.
3.) The National Constitution Center Thanksgiving Celebration – Celebrate Thanksgiving by learning about the history of the holiday at the Constitution Center. Children will be able to participate in arts and crafts projects, and adults will be given the opportunity to send a Thanksgiving message to troops serving overseas.
4.) Philabundance – If your way of saying thanks includes giving back, the annual Philabundance event is the perfect choice. Even if you are visiting from out-of-town, one of the 500 agencies who are assisted each Thanksgiving season by Philabundance will be happy to take you on as a volunteer.
5.) Supersuckers Thanksgiving Eve Party – Supersuckers is a local band, and they will be hosting a Thanksgiving party at the North Star Bar. Other performers include TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb and the Griswolds. Tickets are $15 for this 21 and over event.
6.) A Saxon’s Thanksgiving – The German Society of Philadelphia is presenting an evening filled with chamber music and lieder recitals from Bach to Auenmueller. Those who have an appreciation for classical music are certain to love this concert.
7.) Various – Almost every bar in the city will be hosting a Thanksgiving event on November 21. These events will range from low-key evenings with good drink specials all the way to raucous parties filled with dancing, live music and all of the alcohol that you can handle. Most bars announce their Thanksgiving plans a couple of weeks in advance of the big day, so make sure that you keep an eye out for special event postings.
Thanksgiving Eve is the biggest bar night of the year, so if you choose to participate in this annual tradition, it is important to think about safety before you leave the house. Our Montgomery injury attorney, McMahon & Lentz, suggests to either secure a designated driver or to make plans to call a taxi if you will be drinking at all, especially because the police are always out in record numbers during the long Thanksgiving weekend.
Even if you will be attending family friendly events, you need to be aware of the possibility that other drivers around you will be intoxicated. A long holiday weekend should be fun and not marred by a DUI or an accident, so take the necessary precautions and enjoy your trip to Philly.
About The Author: Bianca Ochoa is a freelance journalist and travel writer sharing great travel tips for the holidays. She is also a contributing author for the law firm of Montgomery injury attorney, McMahon & Lentz, an accident and personal injury firm for the Philadelphia area.
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