Thanksgiving: Are you traveling for the holiday?

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AAA Thanksgiving Day travelers

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Thanksgiving is this Thursday, an official federal holiday with roots in early harvest festivals, especially the one observed by the Pilgrims in 1621.

What are your plans for the holiday? Are you traveling this year to visit family and friends, or staying at home?

I’ll tell you our plans: We’re staying home for the first time in years.

What are other Americans doing this year? More Americans are traveling this Thanksgiving than last year. More than 46 million Americans will travel 50 fifty miles or more from home to spend time with family and friends, according to estimates from the American Automobile Association. This is 4.2% higher than last year, and it’s the highest volume since 2007.

Almost nine of ten travelers (89%) will go by car, according to AAA’s estimates. This is a 4.3% increase over last year. More than 3.5 million Americans will fly—the highest volume since 2007.

Thanksgiving is a popular holiday, but have you noticed that advertisers appear to have skipped it? We’re well into the (secularized, commercialized) Christmas season. The local Starbucks is decked out with colors, symbols, and slogans associated with the Christmas season—but they had nothing about Thanksgiving. The TV ads by car companies also appear to skip over Thanksgiving.

What, no money to be made hawking Thanksgiving?

What are your plans for Thanksgiving?

Are you traveling for the holiday—or staying at home?

Your viewpoint is important!

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  1. Dennis Crouch says

    We had planned to visit our daughter’s family for Thanksgiving, however, arrangements didn’t work out so we had Thanksgiving dinner with friends.They cooked the turkey and the other folks that attended brought the side dishes. We also watched the Detroit Lions beat the Chicago Bears. I’ve watched the Lions on Thanksgiving since I was a young child and it was always Detroit playing Green Bay back then. I grew up when family; the aunts, uncles, grandmas and grandpas lived in the same area and got together for Thanksgiving. I miss that.