Fountain Hills is one of the best places to be on Thanksgiving Day because of the way it brings the community together on such a special holiday.
The morning begins with the Turkey Trot 5K & Fitness Walk, now in its 29th year. Participants can run off some calories before hitting the mashed potatoes and gravy. There is still time to register as a participant or a sponsor.
The top three finishers in the 5K for each age division for both men and women will be recognized with gold, silver, and bronze medals. And all participants receive a race day T-shirt. There will be no snoozing for runners and walkers. On-site registration opens at 5:30 AM and the race gets underway at 7:15 AM.
The event is sponsored by the Town of Fountain Hills.
For more information and to register for the race, visit http://www.fh.az.gov/293/Turkey-Trot-5K-Fitness-Walk.
The morning continues with the beloved tradition of our Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Detroit may rank among the nation’s top Thanksgiving Day parades, and New York’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade may be the king of them all, but the largest in the entire Southwest in right here in Fountain Hills.
The history of this event goes back to the early 1980s when the Goodwin family moved to Fountain Hills from Detroit. Mrs. Goodwin called the Chamber of Commerce to find out the date and time for the Thanksgiving Day Parade. She was shocked to find out that, not only was there not one here, but there also wasn’t one in Phoenix or anywhere else in Arizona. She made it her mission to have one and Fountain Hills has proudly hosted one ever since.
Now in its 36th year, this year’s parade theme is “Once Upon a Time” and starts at 9:00 AM. Bring your own chair and snacks to enjoy one hour of classic car clubs, school groups, marching band, dance clubs, horses, service clubs, local businesses, animal groups, and so much more. And Santa Claus himself makes his first official appearance of the season at the event’s finale.
The parade route begins at the corner of El Lago and Saguaro Blvd, heads north on Saguaro, turns left onto Palisades, and concludes at the intersection of Palisades and La Montana.
This event is hosted by the Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce. CLICK HERE for more information.