Most Americans are well aware that Thanksgiving is the busiest travel time of the year. If you’re one of the 94.5 million Americans traveling over 50 miles for that turkey gravy, chances are that once you finally make it home you’ll be griping about the heavy traffic, flight delays, or other travel-related headaches.
But how many of us stop to think, on the day we are supposed to be most grateful for our blessings, how lucky we are to have these modes of transportation at our disposal? I’m guessing you’ve probably never heard this around the dinner table: “I’m grateful for this delicious meal with my family, our good health, and the railroad tracks that brought me home in time.”
So to help you get in the spirit of gratitude for the many travel luxuries we often take for granted, here is a throwback to what travel used to be like in the U.S. (Makes that baby crying next to you the entire flight, not seem so bad, doesn’t it?!)
Traveling in America in 1621
Every Thanksgiving, millions of Americans travel hundreds of miles across their country to dine with family and friends. In fact, Thanksgiving is the U.S.’s biggest travel day of the year, with over 43 million Americans (about 14% of the country) hitting the road for Turkey Day. And while so much of America unites in spirit of Thanksgiving (and the spirit of travel), this country-wide vacation weekend can lead to heavy traffic, long airport lines, and an overall pain in the neck.
Are you planning on celebrating Turkey Day in New York City this November?
While the Big Apple always has a lot to offer, as a tourist visiting over Thanksgiving, it’d be a shame for you to miss Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This city-wide celebration has been a tradition since 1924, making it one of the oldest Thanksgiving day parades in the country. Today, the parade attracts 2.5 million attendees, as well as another 44 million who view the televised parade.