Thanksgiving started as a harvest festival. What we now consider America’s “First Thanksgiving” was held in 1621 with Native Americans and Pilgrims joining for a communal meal. It was a three-day affair full of good will and mutual friendship.
Thanksgiving Day is celebrated throughout the United States on the fourth Thursday of November. In Washington State, it is celebrated through meals, festivals, and other activities spread through the month in different cities. The month-long celebration in November also features events for the entire holiday season, which will officially start on Thanksgiving Day.
Some of Washington’s note-worthy holiday events include:
A Thanksgiving Run/Walk will be held on November 24, 2016 in different cities as follows:
- Beat the Bird 5K – The 7th Annual “Beat the Bird” Fun Run will be held on Thanksgiving morning. The popular 5k event will start at the Lake Hills Teen Club in Bellevue, Washington. It is sponsored by the Greatest Goal Ministries.
- Turkey Trot 5k – This is a casual and fun event on Thanksgiving morning. Family and community can get together, run off some calories, and help those in need. Proceeds of the event go to the Issaquah Food Bank.
- Wattle Waddle Marathon and Wittle Waddle Half-Marathon – These creatively named races are held on Thanksgiving morning. They will start and end at Gas Works Park on North Northlake Way, Seattle.
- Turkey Trot 5K – This is a 5k jog, walk, or run on Thanksgiving morning in Seattle.
- Tacoma Turkey Trot 5k/1k – This is a 5k run/walk for adults or 1k run for kids in the Proctor District of Tacoma.
- Norpoint Turkey Trot 5k/2-mile run/walk – In Norpoint, this event is as much a part of Thanksgiving as pumpkin pie and football.
Shed calories to make room for the Thanksgiving meal with a run in the brisk November air.
The people of Washington State celebrate Thanksgiving through family dinners attended by family members and friends. The traditional Thanksgiving dinner features the turkey as the centerpiece with other Thanksgiving staples that include cranberries and pumpkin pies. Families who do not want to bother preparing for the dinner can opt to celebrate in the many restaurants across the state that will be offering themed Thanksgiving dinners (including Italian, French, and more). Most restaurants will be crowded, hence advanced reservations are strongly advised.
Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting
Marching bands, costumed characters, floats, and Santa Claus will be featured at the Seattle Macy’s Holiday Parade on November 25, 2016. A tree and star lighting will be held during the Westlake Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Westlake Center on the same day.
In Washington, we take our holidays seriously. Get in the holiday spirit with these and other seasonal events.