Thanksgiving is approaching so fast that we can practically smell the turkey on the table. It’s an exciting time of the year to gather with our loved ones, eat some great food and be thankful for all the good in our lives. There is lots to see and do across Southern Maryland this Thanksgiving, so let’s see what’s going on and when to be sure we don’t miss out!
Visit Maryland’s State Parks
We can proudly state that we have some of the most beautiful state parks in America which have played host to some pivotal moments in US history. The Antietam National Battlefield was the site where on September 17th 1892, 23,000 soldiers were killed and wounded after twelve hours of combat to end the Confederate Army’s first siege on the North. You can visit and learn everything there is to know about the battle right on the fields where it happened. The Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is a beautiful spot with over forty acres of breath-taking nature along the lower Chesapeake Bay. Here, you can see spot thousands of birds which have made this place their home whilst enjoying the water trails and picturesque views.
Watch the NFL
Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without the football, so be sure to get your buddies together, grab some beers and get settled in for the big game while the turkey is cooking. Watching the football is as a tradition as patriotic as apple pie, and if you’re lucky your team might even win. You can pick a side, place a free bet on the game and maybe even make a little money on it, as is popular among US football fans. Another widely-held tradition is taking the football outdoors and having a game with your loved ones to burn off those calories after that delicious meal.
Learn About the Early History of Maryland
Remind yourself of the origins of our country and why we celebrate Thanksgiving in the first place by visiting the Historic St Mary’s City Museum. See how people lived back in the 17th Century when grocery stores weren’t available and keeping warm was a challenge. It is a fun and interactive experience for the whole family, where you can try your hand at butter churning, take home a colonial recipe book, and see how trials were conducted at their re-enactment. This event runs after Thanksgiving on 24th-25th November, so you’ll have time to clean the kitchen and let that Turkey digest beforehand.
Take Part in the Turkey Trot
There are Turkey Trots taking place all over the country this Thanksgiving, and Maryland is no exception! The Turkey Trot it is a 5k fun run (or walk!) event which takes place on Thanksgiving Day and aims to raise money for charity while being the perfect excuse for you to burn off all that food! Get into the spirit of the fun and dress up as a pilgrim or turkey to really get into the Thanksgiving mood! Most of the Turkey Trot events require you to register beforehand first, so be sure to find your local run to get involved. They are kid and dog-friendly events so you can bring the whole family along to run and help cheer on all of the other participants.
Check Out the Thanksgiving Day Parade
Sure, New York has the monopoly on Thanksgiving Day parades, and there isn’t much that can compete with the Macy’s Parade. While most of us will be tuning into that on Thanksgiving Day, it doesn’t mean Maryland can’t enjoy its own Thanksgiving Parades. On November 18th, Silversprings, Montgomery County will be hosting their own Annual Thanksgiving Parade, which will see downtown flooded with turkeys, dinosaurs, reindeer and all sorts of fun costumes! Much like the Macy’s parade, there will be marching bands, balloons, floats and dancing around the streets to welcome the holiday season in style! The parade will also be televised on News Channel 8, so make sure to register soon if you want to get involved!
Thanksgiving is one of the best days of the year, so be sure to make the most of it by checking out some of these events and getting involved with the community.