Thanksgiving in Philadelphia is a time for gathering with family and loved ones, expressing gratitude and, of course, eating. As part of TurkeyQuest -- a MapQuest guide to Thanksgiving events, featuring everything from parades to holiday sales to activities for families -- here are two of the best ways to experience Thanksgiving in Philadelphia and one opportunity to give back to others.
Philadelphia Thanksgiving Events Map
Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade
With the Philadelphia Museum of Art (also known as the "Rocky Steps") in the background, Philly's annual Thanksgiving Parade is billed as the oldest parade of its kind in the country, dating back to 1920. The parade features entertainment such as floats and balloons, celebrity guests and marching bands from all over the region. Limited bleacher seating is available along the Ben Franklin Parkway, so parade-goers should consider bringing fold-up chairs. The parade ends at noon, giving spectators plenty of time to get home to finish preparing their feasts.
The National Constitution Center Thanksgiving Celebration
Philadelphia may not be the birthplace of Thanksgiving, but it is the birthplace of the United States Constitution. Give thanks to our Founding Fathers by visiting the Constitution Center on Thanksgiving Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a historical Thanksgiving celebration. Visitors can participate in the interactive "History of Thanksgiving" program, which includes kid-friendly arts and crafts projects, presentations on George Washington's first Thanksgiving proclamation and the opportunity to send messages to active-duty troops overseas. Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, located nearby, are also open on Thanksgiving Day.
Philabundance has been feeding the hungry in the Delaware Valley since 1984. Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to give back to the community. The organization offers many volunteer opportunities during the holiday season, including sorting and packing food at the Hunger Relief Center, uploading deliveries and stocking shelves at the Community Food Center and distributing food to needy neighborhoods. Those interested in volunteering should register online. Monetary donations are also accepted. The organization serves the region with more than 500 agencies, including Philadelphia Community Kitchen, Fresh for All and the Food Help Line.
Thanksgiving In Philadelphia: Video
Watch the opening of the 2010 Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade.
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