How to Celebrate Thanksgiving Detroit-style

Modified: April 02, 2019 | Story by Michelle Fusco | Photos by Bill Bowen

Detroiters have so much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving.

Here’s how we celebrate a tradition-filled Thanksgiving in The D.

Work Up an Appetite

More than 20,000 runners – thousands dressed in costumes – brave cool morning temperatures to race through the streets of downtown at the annual Turkey Trot, the nation’s largest Thanksgiving morning run. It’s a fun way to rev up your metabolism before sitting down to your holiday meal.

I Love a Parade

America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van is one of the largest and most spectacular parades in the United States – a tradition that dates back to 1924. Watch colorful balloons, floats and marching bands parade down Woodward Avenue starting at 8:50 a.m. View the live broadcast from home on WDIV Local 4.


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Football Traditions

Detroit Lions football and Thanksgiving go together like mashed potatoes and gravy. The Lions take on the Chicago Bears at Ford Field, with a 12:30 p.m. kick off. The game will be broadcast nationally on CBS.


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A D-licious Feast

For many people, eating a big turkey dinner with their family is the highlight of the holiday. Many Detroiters choose Peacock’s Poultry Farm in Troy for their Thanksgiving bird. The third-generation, family owned business sells fresh Amish turkeys, raised without any chemicals or preservatives. Note: Closed Sundays and Mondays.

For dessert, be sure to pick up an old fashioned pie at the acclaimed Achatz Handmade Pie Co., with six metro Detroit locations. Hint: Try the Four Berry! Sister Pie in Detroit offers nontraditional, seasonally inspired flavor combinations, such as salted maple or pumpkin chocolate chip. And for all things sweet potato, including pie, cheesecake, cookies and cobblers, visit Sweet Potato Sensations.


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Dining in the 313

If cooking isn’t your thing, several metro Detroit eateries stand ready to feed your crew. Assembly Line, the all-you-can-eat buffet at MotorCity Casino, will include all the typical Thanksgiving fixings and much more. Revisit the recently reopened Caucus Club. Or take this chance to try one of the hot new restaurants on Detroit’s culinary scene, like the Apparatus Room. (Call for Thanksgiving hours and special menus).


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Black Friday

Set your alarm clocks! There are plenty of day-after-Thanksgiving shopping deals to be found at retailers throughout metro Detroit.

And here’s one more metro Detroit Thanksgiving weekend tradition – a concert by Detroit native Uncle Kracker. Get tickets for his annual Thanksgiving Hangover Bash Nov. 23 at the Royal Oak Music Theatre.


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Mentioned Attractions And Venues

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    The Parade Company
    9500 Mt. Elliott St., Studio A, Detroit, MI 48211
  2. 2
    Detroit Lions
    2000 Brush St., Ford Field, Detroit, MI 48226
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    Ford Field
    2000 Brush St., Detroit, MI 48226
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    MotorCity Casino
    2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
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    Apparatus Room
    250 W. Larned St., Detroit, MI 48226
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    Royal Oak Music Theatre
    318 W. 4th St., Royal Oak, MI 48067
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    Caucus Club
    150 W Congress St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA