Thanksgiving Day Events and Festivities
There are so many fun things to do across the state of Arizona during the days surrounding Thanksgiving. In Phoenix alone, there are dozens of events and festivities. Something to consider as you choose an event is how you will commute to and from the event, how much extra time you’ll need to leave yourself because of traffic, and what safety measure you can take to ensure a fun and injury-free holiday. Here are some upcoming events and some tips so you and your family can have a great time.
Fountain Hills’ Thanksgiving Day Parade: This parade starts at 9:00 AM on November 22nd and features floats, candy, horses, and other decorative attractions. You’ll want to make sure you arrive early if you want to secure a specific place along the route, which runs through downtown Fountain Hills.
Turkey Trot Run: This features a 5K, 10K, and 1-mile dash on November 22, 2018, in downtown Phoenix. There will be prizes for first finishers and also costume prizes. The run begins at 9:00 AM and the registration can be found here: https://www.phoenixturkeytrot.com.
ZooLights: The Phoenix Zoo will have plenty of lighted decor on display for the holidays, and it opens on November 21, 2018. The lights are on 5:30-10:30 PM through January 13, 2019. The exhibits feature millions of lights, a Polar Slide, live reindeer, Stingray Bay, and 4-D Theater, which is all included with admission.
Arizona International Auto Show: This event takes place on Thanksgiving Day at the Phoenix Convention Center in downtown Phoenix. It’s open from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM and costs $11 for adults and $7 for children, seniors, and members of the military.
Volunteer Opportunities: There are plenty of organizations that would happily accept your donations or your time on Thanksgiving, including the Phoenix Rescue Mission or the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
For all of these events, remember to pack extra snacks and water, wear brightly colored clothing if you are near traffic or out after dusk, and keep children close at hand. Make sure your cell phone is fully charged and you are dressed for the weather. Expect to see more people and larger crowds than normal, and plan accordingly. Make sure you have the address for where you are going, and arrange a meeting place beforehand in the event you become separated from your group.