Thanksgiving Festivities in Maryland

Thanksgiving is the time of year for friends and family to come together to share a wonderful meal and to create great memories. In addition to your turkey feast, make sure to mark your calendars for the Thanksgiving festivities around Maryland. Here are a few to choose from.

Annual Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade

When: November 23rd

Where: Silver Spring, MD

The Annual Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade is a great event that traditionally kicks off the holiday season. Sit back and enjoy the entertainment, filled with everything from turkeys and dinosaurs to marching bands, floats, and dance troops. Head on over to the ice rink at Veterans Plaza to have your holiday photo taken with a myriad of holiday decor.

Baltimore’s Cranksgiving

When: November 23rd

Where: Baltimore, MD

Thanksgiving is a time for giving back and helping those less fortunate, and Cranksgiving is doing just that. This scavenger hunt and food drive encourages bike riders from near and far to gather as teams and ride across the city to gather food to benefit Moveable Feast. Join in the fun for a good cause and with all that exercise, you can have an extra piece of pumpkin pie for the holiday.

Turkey Trots

When: November 23rd, 28th and 30th

Where: Multiple counties throughout Maryland

If you’re feeling ambitious to work off some of those Thanksgiving calories, you may want to join one of the thirteen Turkey Trots throughout Maryland. Central Maryland hosts seven races and the Eastern Shore has six. Participation in the races benefit many local charities such as the Caroline County Humane Society, Project Echo, and the Annapolis Police Foundation. Whether you want to walk or run, joining in the Turkey Trot is a great way to support local charities and enjoy a day with the family.

American Indian Heritage Day

When: November 29th

Where: Historic London Town and Gardens in Edgewater

Join the Cedarville Band of Piscataway Indians for its annual celebration of the native people of Maryland. Enjoy this state holiday along with the Piscataway participating in tribal dances and traditions.

Hearth and Home in Early Maryland

When: November 29th and 30th

Where: St. Mary’s City, MD

Go back in time to 17th century Maryland at Hearth and Home for a glimpse of life prior to modern conveniences. Discover how food was preserved prior to refrigeration and how it was prepared prior to electric and gas stoves. Donate a canned good at the entrance to the Southern Maryland Food Bank and receive a discount on entry.


Hopefully you’ll be able to partake in a few of the events that Maryland has to offer this Thanksgiving. We wish you a very happy holiday! May your table and belly be full.

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