How to Celebrate Thanksgiving in Philly

If you don’t stay out partying too late on Thanksgiving Eve, start your Turkey Day off on the right foot by attending one of Philadelphia’s most time-honored traditions. The 6ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade is the oldest Thanksgiving parade in the country—and is brimming with top talent, giveaways, live performances and much more—and it’s all just minutes from your 1500 Locust apartment.

The parade is celebrating its 100th year in 2019—meaning expect it be even bigger and better than ever! Hundreds of contingents will participate in the beloved event, including eye-popping inflatable balloons (with many of the 1,000 volunteers keeping them afloat throughout the parade!), elaborately decorated floats, marching bands from around the nation, dance troupes, musicians, Philly sports celebs (keep your eye out for everyone’s favorite, Gritty!) and much more.

The event kicks off at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 28 at 20th Street and JFK Boulevard, heads east toward 16th and over to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, continuing on to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for its grand finale. That route puts your 1500 Locust apartment just four blocks from a prime spot along the parade route. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Arrive early: If you’re snagging a spot near 16th and JFK, make sure to get there long before the start time, as real estate will be in high demand. While some flock to the Art Museum area to see the finale performances, being right along the beginning of the route puts you closer to all the action, so you can be sure to grab the giveaways that many contingents toss out (and get back home in plenty of time to baste the turkey!).

Dress for success: Thanksgiving morning is often a chilly affair here in Philly, so layer the sweaters and scarves. Pack a blanket or two and a few pop-up chairs to really get comfy.

Bring a canned good: One of the most well-known traditions in the parade is the Boy Scouts’ collection of canned goods. In keeping with the spirit of the holiday, local Scouts fan out along the route with shopping carts to collect donated cans that they will then take to local food pantries. So clean out your own pantry and bring along a bag of donations to help make someone’s holiday a little bit brighter!