Thanksgiving Day marks a time when families gather together and give thanks for all the blessings in their lives. The first Thanksgiving feast took place over three days sometime between September 21st and November 9th in 1621. The feast was in celebration of the harvest and the farming and hunting lessons learned by the Plymouth Pilgrims. The original menu probably included not only turkey, but also waterfowl, venison, corn and barley. The first national celebration of Thanksgiving took place in 1775, but it wasn’t until 1827 that Thanksgiving was declared an annual holiday. In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed that Thanksgiving would be officially held on the fourth Thursday in November in order to lengthen the holiday shopping season.
The true meaning of Thanksgiving is to give thanks for all we have, and share time with friends and family. There are also many ways that you can help in your community during the holiday season by volunteering at food pantries, food banks and community Thanksgiving dinners. In fact, ten ezStorage locations are participating this holiday season in the Toys for Tots holiday toy campaign.
Thanksgiving Weekend Events
The Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia areas will be hosting many great Thanksgiving weekend events. There are Turkey Trots, family activities, holiday lighting ceremonies and much more. The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally the official start to the holiday shopping season. But is also a day to kick off the holiday season with tree lighting ceremonies and holiday parades.
Start off your Thanksgiving by working up a sweat with running one or more of the many 5K races for local charities on Thanksgiving morning. There are many Turkey Trots in the Baltimore, Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. areas. In Washington D.C., join The 14th Annual Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger at Freedom Plaza starting at 8:30am on Thanksgiving Day. The 5K run and walk is sponsored by SOME (So Others Might Eat), which has programs for the homeless and serves 800 meals a day to the hungry in Washington D.C. Proceeds from the 5K benefits thousands of homeless families and single adults by providing food, clothing and healthcare. The Y of Central Maryland will sponsor Turkey Trots at 6 locations including Arnold, Baltimore City, Bel Air, Ellicott City, Towson, and Westminster on Thanksgiving morning. The 33rd Annual Turkey Chase Bethesda is a 10K, 2 Mile Fun Run and Tot Trot on Thanksgiving morning supporting the YMCA’s Youth and Family Services, YMCA-Bethesda-Chevy Chase and the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rotary Club Foundation.
There are also a few turkey trots in Northern Virginia as well. Alexandria will host the 40th Annual Turkey Trot starting at 9am at George Washington Middle School supporting ALIVE!, a non-profit organization serving Alexandria’s needy. The 10th Annual Arlington Turkey Trot kicks off at 8am at Christ Church of Arlington. The event raises money for Doorways for Women, Bridges to Independence and the Children and Arlington Food Assistance Center.
Thanksgiving Parade in Northern Virginia
Reston Town Center in Reston, Virginia hosts a day full of holiday activities on Friday, November 27th. This is the 25th year of Reston’s Holiday Parade! The parade will feature hundreds of performers, Macy’s-style balloons, antique cars, musicians and marching bands. There are visits from Santa, the Gingerbread Man Mile Race for Kids, carriage rides, ice skating, shopping, a parade and much more. There are special holiday events during the entire holiday season.
Thanksgiving Weekend Events in Baltimore and Washington D.C.
Christmas Village At Baltimore Inner Harbor
Baltimore’s Inner Harbor will once again be transformed into a European Christmas Village starting with a “sneak peek” on Thanksgiving Day. The Christmas Village is a combination indoor/outdoor European holiday market at West Shore Park in the Inner Harbor running until December 27th. There will be over 50 vendors selling unique arts & crafts, jewelry, toys and accessories. There are also food vendors selling traditional German food, sweets and drinks. There will be 2 large Christmas trees and a lighting display featuring thousands of lights. The official opening ceremony, with choirs, bands and city officials, will be on Sunday, November 29th. There will be many great events held at the Christmas Village throughout the holiday season.
National Harbor ICE!
One of the largest holiday events in the Washington D.C. area is ICE! at the National Harbor. This annual holiday attraction is must-do fun for the entire family. ICE! opened on November 21st and will run to January 3rd at the Orchard Terrace in the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. The National Harbor waterfront is transformed into an ice wonderland with over two million pounds of ice carved into amazing ice sculptures. This year’s theme features scenes from the classic holiday special, Santa Claus is Coming to Town. There are five ice slides, family events, entertainment and more throughout the holiday season.
Festival of Trees
The Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium will be hosting the Festival of Trees November 27th to 29th. The Festival of Trees is “the east coast’s largest holiday extravaganza” with fairyland forests, gingerbread towns, toy train towns, 100 gift boutiques and activities for kids of all ages. Proceeds for the event benefit the Kennedy Krieger Institute.
There is so much to see and do over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in the Baltimore, Northern Virginia, and Washington D.C. areas. ezStorage self storage facilities will have regular gate hours on Thanksgiving Day. The offices will be closed on Thanksgiving day, but will reopen on Friday, November 27th at our regular hours. The only exception on Thanksgiving day is our Charles Village self storage location which will be not be open at all on Thanksgiving Day.
ezStorage wishes everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving!