In years past, Thanksgiving was all about cute mash-ups (remember Thanksgivvikuh?), Black Friday shopping, and outrage over Thursday-is-Not-Friday-But-the-Middle-of-a-Holiday sales. This year the competing holidays are safely tucked away in December, and many major retailers are promising to stay closed on Thursday. (You go, Costco, REI, and Barnes & Noble! As for the rest of you, time out with no pumpkin pie.)
We've found a few venues open on Thanksgiving, where you can enjoy family together time, the great outdoors, and maybe a good meal. (Make sure you check the hours for the day; some places are closing early). You can make your Friday about shopping, or you can go for the holiday lights. (I prefer holiday lights.) This year, Saturday is the new Friday, and it's all about the local.
We here are thankful for much, and hope you feel the same way. We're thankful for our beautiful climate, which lets us sled on the sand as easily as on the snow. We're grateful for the truly unique shows, spectacles, and experiences that come our way this time of year. We're grateful for the health and well-being of our loved ones, and we're grateful for you, our readers. Happy Thanksgiving, guys!
Keep reading for some of our best finds for fun this Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and, thankfully, Thanksgiving weekend...