Happy Thanksgiving, Philly! Whether or not you're celebrating today, there's one tradition we can all take part in: the parade. Sure, New York has the giant floats and the celeb power, but we have Mummers and Justin Guarini. Seriously, though, whether you're watching in person or from the screen, enjoy this little slice of Philly holiday spirit today. Here's a rundown of who and what to look for this year, plus a list of SEPTA schedule and route changes.
Did you know Philly's Thanksgiving Day Parade is the oldest in the country? The route's been altered a few times, the floats may change, but the event itself is a constant. Take a trip down memory lane with 11 videos from the parade dating as far back as the '50s, including reporters trying to pronounce "Choctawhatchee," the name of the digital chocolate turkey that traces the parade route around the TV screen. Floats more your thing? Check out some of the interesting ones Philly's chosen over the years.
Flight canceled? Work schedule keeping you from family plans? Maybe you'd just rather hang by yourself. Whatever the case, if you're doing Thanksgiving solo this year, you have plenty of options. Check out this list of where to eat and drink on your own today.
OK, so you know how the eagle is the national symbol of America? Ben Franklin had other ideas. First, a rattlesnake. If nothing else, let's be thankful today that that didn't work out. But what about the stories that Franklin wanted a turkey to be our national bird? Back in 1784, dude wrote a letter to his sister detailing why the turkey would be a better choice for the country's seal than the Eagle. It's pretty compelling. And that makes it all the more fitting than every now and then you can stumble across a turkey just walking around Philly. In obvious places like parks, but sometimes just hanging out near a college campus or in a parking lot. Here's the deal with our wild turkeys.
Carson Wentz is great and the Eagles are the best team in football. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons are the real deal and the Sixers are fun again. The Phillies and Flyers are at the start of their youth movements. But it also helps that many of Philly's prominent sports stars are also great citizens and none of them have chosen to #SticktoSports. There's a lot to be thankful for, so with the help of some prominent sports personalities in the city and a handful of readers, we put together what we're thankful for in Philly sports this year.