Thanksgiving Events

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey

This is a great time of the year to enjoy the presence of friends, family, and even concentrate a little on yourself! Most people get the chance to experience the relaxation of an extended weekend! While some of this extra time will be spent at family gatherings, the rest of it can be used for fun events! Check out some holiday happenings that will be going on Thanksgiving weekend! There are a lot of Thanksgiving parades going on all around the United States!

H-E-B Houston Holiday Parade

The 64th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade Presented By H-E-B will be held in Houston, Texas on Thanksgiving day. “Houston on Parade,” as some people call it, will open the gates at 7:00am and the parade will start at 9:00am. “This year’s parade pays tribute to Houston by showcasing the city’s finest – from fashion, food and heroes; to culture, sports and talent; adding a much needed makeover to this 64-year tradition.” This event is free and open to the public! Also, since it’s so early, you have plenty of time to enjoy the parade before Thanksgiving dinner!

Watch this brief Parade Commercial to get more info:


Starting the day after Thanksgiving, the 2013 Target Holidazzle will run on Fridays and Saturdays until December 21st. This parade will take place at 6:30pm at Nicollet Mall, in Minneapolis, MN. At Target Holidazzle, ‘Come See the Night in a Whole New Light’ with:

  • Illuminated Floats
  • Music
  • Celebrity Grand Marshals
  • Santa in his sleigh

Over  300,000 people have been celebrating this Holiday tradition in Downtown Minneapolis since 1992! It’s your turn to be a part of it!

Learn about some of the storybook characters that will come to life at the parade:

Carolina’s Carrousel Parade

A Thanksgiving tradition since 1947, Carolina’s Carrousel Parade will celebrate its 66th anniversary this Thanksgiving day! “For a time, it appeared the parade and scholarship program, operated by Carolinas Carrousel, Inc. would cease to exist.” However, because of their new Title sponsor, Novant Health, the parade is guaranteed to last for another three years. ” Continuing along with this tradition will be the 2013 Scholarship Program. According to Charlotte Mayor Patsy Kinsey, “The Carrousel Thanksgiving parade and scholarship program are treasured Charlotte traditions and I’m thrilled they will continue.”

At the parade, you will see marching bands perform, floats sponsored by local organizations and corporations, step and drill teams, entertainers and other specialty units. The Carrousel Parade was even included in US News & World Report’s list of America’s Best Thanksgiving Day Parades in November, 2012! To learn more about the parade and check out some of the milestones over the years, see: The Carolinas’ Carrousel Parade’s History.

Watch as Santa invites you to the parade:

Interested in even more Thanksgiving events and parades? There are plenty! What makes it even better is that traveling to these locations can be made easy by using a Hertz NeverLost device if you rented a Hertz vehicle for the holidays! Just type in the download codes below for the various holiday events:

  • ORLH: Orlando Holiday
  • CSKI: Colorado Ski Towns
  • LAAU: LA Auto Show
  • SLTP: Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • DATP: America’s Thanksgiving Parade
  • AZAS: Arizona International Auto Show
  • CCTP: Carolinas Carrousel Parade
  • HTXP: H-E-B Houston Holiday Parade
  • MACY: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • CTDP: McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • PTDP: Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • MMNH: Holidazzle
  • PORP: My Macy’s Holiday Parade – Portland
  • SWHP: My Macy’s Holiday Parade – Seattle
  • UODF: Oregon vs. Oregon State
  • AUTF: Alabama vs. Auburn
  • UFGA: Florida vs. Florida State
  • UMWF: Michigan vs. Ohio State (Conflict with DATP, On 11/29)
  • PPAP   My Macy’s Holiday Parade – Pittsburg

Have fun and travel safely!

Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

Melissa Woodring


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