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Thanksgiving in style

This is the day that you should take to sit back and really enjoy yourself.  Be thankful and contemplate all that you have.  Spend time with the family, do something special and show them how you care.  Whether you are going out for dinner or attending a thanksgiving parade, leave the hassle of transportation to ICS Limousine and Travel.

Embark on a journey through America’s heritage via the National Mall, from the Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial with stops along the way at the National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington Monument, and everything in between. In the other direction, delight in the joys of Capitol Hill’s residential neighborhood, bustling with street fairs, boutique shops, and art galleries galore. Take the family to a baseball game at Nationals Park or for a day of shopping at Eastern Market, Capitol Hill’s diverse cultural hub brimming with artisans, jewelers, farmers, and food vendors from all around the world. End the day with a visit to Barracks Row, the oldest commercial district in D.C., to indulge in delicious local eats.

Things to do in and around D.C. during the Thanksgiving Season:

Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade
Ellsworth Drive and Fenton St.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(240) 777-6821
www.silverspringdowntown.com

Date: Nov. 22, 2014 – 10 a.m.

No Thanksgiving holiday would be complete without a parade. A lineup of floating inflatable turkeys, ripened pumpkins and colorful fringed floats is the perfect way to commemorate one of America’s most popular holidays. The Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade will have no shortage of attractions with more than 100 parade units which will include a bevy of wonderful inflatables, intricate floats, fire engines, beauty queens, clowns, dancing groups and marching bands.

Black Friday
Arundel Mills Mall
7000 Arundel Mills Circle
Hanover, MD 21076
(410) 540-5100
www.simon.com

Date: Nov. 27, 2014 at Midnight

It’s a day-after-Thanksgiving tradition for many shoppers across the U.S. Black Friday, starting promptly at midnight at Arundel Mills Mall and many other shopping outlets around the country (and sometimes even earlier than midnight), is a popular national retail event when many vendors offer deep discounts on their wares in order to jump start the Christmas holiday shopping season. Wear your comfortable shoes and be prepared to contend with throngs of shoppers because this event typically draws huge crowds seeking to nab great deals.

Leesburg Midnight Madness
241 Fort Evans Road N.W.
Leesburg, VA 20176
(703) 737-3071
www.premiumoutlets.com

Black Friday used to start on Friday, but every year it gets earlier and earlier to meet the needs of Washingtonians wanting to grab some great deals. Leesburg Outlets is a great place to knock out all of your holiday shopping on Black Friday, but this year it will be open on Thanksgiving Day. After you’ve finished your turkey feast, stave off the food coma by heading over to the outlets, which will open Thursday, November 28 at 6 p.m. and remain open until 10 p.m. on Friday. This popular event means a full parking lot, so line up early to get a good spot.

Skyline Drive
Shenandoah National Park
Skyline Drive at Route 340
Front Royal, VA 22630
(540) 999-3500
www.nps.gov

For a relaxing drive, head over to the Shenandoah Mountains where you can meander your way down the 105 miles of road on Skyline Drive. There are 75 overlooks to stop off at and view the rolling hills of Virginia’s countryside. In November when the leaves have turned, the fall foliage is breathtaking to behold. Pack a picnic and take a day hike to work off those calories on one of the many miles of trails, including the Appalachian Trail. You’ll be glad you did.

Reston Town Center Holiday Parade

A tradition since 1990, the Reston Town Center Holiday Parade takes place on Friday, November 28 starting at 11 a.m. Featuring Macy’s style balloons, musicians, marching bands, dancers, antique cars, community groups, and much, the Reston Town Center Holiday Parade also includes the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Tree Lighting Ceremony at Tysons Corner Center

Get in the spirit of the holidays at the lighting of the Christmas tree at Tysons Corner Center. On November 29, the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Tysons Corner Center, 1961 Chain Bridge Road, Tysons Corner, Virginia. The 52-foot Christmas tree is located in the elevated outdoor plaza. Santa Claus will also drop by!

National Harbor Holiday Light Show

The National Harbor comes alive when the sun sets. Each evening for thirty minutes visitors can enjoy the National Harbor Holiday Light Show. The Harbor Light Show is part of the holiday celebrations at the National Harbor at 165 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, Maryland. While you are enjoying the Harbor Light Show, don’t forget to visit the National Harbor Holiday Tree. Kids young and old will love Holiday Movies on the Plaza, an outdoor showing of a holiday movie each Saturday. Holiday Movies on the Plaza screenings include Elf on November 22, The Polar Express November 29, and A Muppet Christmas Carol December 6.