Thanksgiving Day Information
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Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in Canada and the United States. It was originally celebrated as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations. Although Thanksgiving has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, it has long been celebrated in a secular manner as well.
CHICAGO • U.S. consumers can expect to spend less on their traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas turkeys and hams this year as supplies of both have rebounded from outbreaks of avian flu and a pig virus that hit production.
In 2015, an outbreak of avian flu hit poultry flocks and 7.7 million turkeys were culled. Two years earlier, the hog population was hit by porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv), and roughly 8 million pigs were killed.
Hog farmers have revived herd sizes so successfully that the United States had a record 70.9 million head as of Sept. 1, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Turkey meat supplies dropped about 2 percent last year to 5.63 billion pounds, according to the USDA, due to one of the worst bird flu outbreaks the country has ever had. This year, turkey meat production is expected to rebound to 6.06 billion pounds — the first year-over-year growth since 2012.
"Supply has come back fully with production up over last year. And from a whole bird stand point, specifically for the holidays, there is sufficient product out there," Jay Jandrain, executive vice-president of sales for Butterball, told Reuters.
Butterball, jointly owned by Seaboard Corporation and Maxwell Farms, is the biggest turkey producer in the United States and accounts for about a third of all the whole birds purchased in the country during the holiday season.
Americans eat their way through some 46 million turkeys at Thanksgiving and 22 million during the Christmas holiday.
This year, cheaper birds should help reduce the cost of a traditional Thanksgiving Day spread for 10 people to $49.87 from last year's $50.11 record, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF).
While many CEOs look for some down time at Thanksgiving, Boston Market's chief plans to be in the trenches, helping to serve around 1.1 million customers a hot meal.
Thanksgiving is the "Super Bowl" for Boston Market, CEO George Michel told CNBC. The chain sees revenues double during the week, with sales on Wednesday and Thursday five times higher than regular days.
Michel will join his employees at one of the company's New York locations this year scooping heaps of mashed potatoes and packaging sides of stuffing, creamed spinach and mac n' cheese for hungry customers.
This is the sixth-consecutive year that Michel will have spent Thanksgiving on the front lines, a tradition that has extended to several of Boston Market's executives.
"Some customers come and eat in the restaurants, some pick up meals to go home, some pick up side orders or pies as gifts or to supplement their own meals," Michel told CNBC. "We also do a large catering business" during Thanksgiving.
In total, holiday sales in November and December account for about 20 percent of the company's annual business and Thanksgiving business, alone, has grown more than 100 percent in the last five years.
Michel said Thanksgiving traditions are changing, especially for younger generations.
"People are getting busier and busier with their lives and spending less time planning Thanksgiving than they did before," he said, explaining that many consumers have been so focused on the election that they haven't had time to think about the holiday.
Boston Market hopes to snag business from a variety of consumers with its wide range of food options. Michel says that the chain sees a lot of hospital workers, airport employees and Black Friday retailers during Thanksgiving — all folks who are working and unable to cook a full meal or attend a family gathering.
"It's very stressful cooking dinner for 10 to 20 people," he said. "[Consumers] are looking for solutions to take the risk out of cooking the turkey."
The company is offering catering packages that include a whole, precooked turkey or rotisserie turkey breast with a selection of sides for those who want the full Thanksgiving meal, but want to skip the hassle of cooking.
Premium buffet catering, which includes three sides, two choices of meat (turkey, ham or chicken), cranberry walnut relish, cornbread and pie slices, cost $13.49 per person and can be picked up in store or delivered.
Deluxe buffet catering includes two sides and costs $11.49 per person and, of course, the chain offers its day-of Thanksgiving meal for $12.99.
This Thanksgiving, spend your morning at the oldest Thanksgiving parade in America.
New York City's Macy's parade may be the most famous parade in the country, but the Philadelphia 6ABC Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade is the oldest. It started in 1920, sponsored by the Gimbels Department Store. And now it's back for the 97th year.
If you're heading to the parade, here's some information you need to know.
What's the basic time/date info?
The Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade starts at 8:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24.
What's the route?
The parade steps off at 20th Street and JFK Boulevard in Philadelphia. It then marches towards 16th Street, where it turns left before turning left again onto Benjamin Franklin Parkway. It then follows the Parkway all the way to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where it ends. The total route is 1.4 miles long.
Where are the best places to see it?
There are lots of great vantage points along the route – the key is getting there early to claim your spot.
We recommend are the A.C. Moore Parade Zone in the Eakins Oval, which will have its own celebration going on including live music and family-centric activities. Also there will be vendors selling warm beverages. From there you can see the end of the parade.
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Love Park can also give you a great vantage point. It has just enough elevation which should give you more options for great visibility. Plus, you're close to Dilworth Park, which has ice skating and other festivities going on to visit after the parade passes you buy.
The Franklin Institute is another great spot thanks to its stair entrance.
I'm a float and balloon kind of person. What can I expect?
You can expect to be happy, that's what. The parade has a wide variety of floats and lots of balloons. Balloons include Tweety Bird, Olivia the pig, the Tazmanian Devil, Cat in the Hat, a T-Rex, Curious George, The Grinch, Mr. Potato Head and more. Floats range from pirate ships to an homage to liberty.
Any special guests I should know about?
Ummm how about Ginger Zee? The Good Morning America host will be on the scene, along with former-98 Degrees' member Drew Lachey and R&B singer Estelle. Expect to see performances by the Eagles Cheerleaders and Philadelphia Soulmates too. Also local theater productions will be performing on the route as well, including the cast from Walnut Street Theatre's "Wizard of Oz" and characters Disney on Ice's "Toy Story" and from the Kimmel Center's upcoming productions of "Mamma Mia," "Dirty Dancing" and "The King and I."Kids will also be happy to see Elena of Avalor and Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
Wait – what about THE special guest? Will he be there too?
We have it on good authority that Santa is definitely popping by.
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