Every Philly family has its own special Thanksgiving traditions. This may include watching a Turkey Bowl Football game, running in a Turkey Trot, preparing for your family's Thanksgiving feast, or watching the 6abc Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade on television. However, if you are looking to change things up a bit this year and actually attend the parade, Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has pulled together some helpful information so grown ups and kids alike can enjoy this Philadelphian experience.
Known as the nation's oldest Thanksgiving Day parade, the 6abc Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade celebrates its 99th anniversary at this year's event. The 1.4 mile parade takes place on Thursday, November 22, 2018 beginning at 8:30 AM. Starting at 20th Street and JFK Parkway, the parade heads east to 16th Street. Then, it proceeds to JFK Parkway, following the left side of Logan Circle as it makes its way to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Photo courtesy of Chris Ann May
Parade goers can line the streets to watch the parade for free. Of course, the best seats are in the grand stands, but these tickets are extremely limited. Remember to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating along the parade route. Guests anticipate seeing amazing floats, balloons featuring beloved characters, marching bands from local schools, dance teams, and choirs. Traditionally, the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art are covered in festive red, green, and white as performer entertained the crowds. However, new colors and design on the steps are set to be revealed.
Photo courtesy of WPVI-TV 6abc
When parking, metered spaces are free; but, it is important to be aware that no parking is in effect along the parade route starting on Wednesday. If looking for garage parking, be sure to reference the Philadelphia Parking Authority's Parking Locator for exact garage locations and hours. Another alternative is public transportation or staying over at a local hotel the night before.
So, Philadelphia, let's get ready to celebrate the official kick off to the holiday season. Enjoy your Thanksgiving!