Thanksgiving Day Parade November 24, 2016 8:30 AM Philadelphia
Did you know that the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade is the Oldest Thanksgiving Parade in the USA? It really is a cool treat for the kids, lots of activity and plenty of good cheer. The parade is a complete entourage of popular characters from Sesame Street and Disney in floats and giant balloons. And Santa himself arrives in grand fashion, ushering Philadelphia into the holiday season.
Now in its 97th year, the annual 6abc Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day parade promises another visual and celebratory feast. So bundle up, grab the kids or a group of friends and head out for an early holiday treat.
The parade will start at 8:30AM at 20th and JFK Boulevard, travel down JFK to City Hall, then go up the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to the Philadelphia Art Museum. The parade will finish around noon.
Best Places to Watch:
1. One of the best places to watch is at the parade's finish at the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
2. The south side of Eakins Oval (in front of the Art Museum) is also recommended. Campbell's Soup sponsors a tent there where there's hot food, warm drinks and entertainment for kids.
3. Other locations along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, like Logan Circle, are also good bets.
4. You can also watch the parade begin at 20th and Market and then take a shortcut on foot heading north on 20th Street five blocks to the Parkway and catch the parade again as it goes by.
address: Downtown Philadelphia