Can Thanksgiving be Eco-Friendly?

During the holiday season, we all have so much on our plates… Especially on Thanksgiving when our plates are full of delicious food! With a little extra TLC, we can make small changes to make our holiday eco-friendly. We’re here to help with 5 tips! 

Carpool to Thanksgiving Day Dinner 

Thanksgiving and the days leading up to it are always extremely busy days to drive. The roads are full of people going to and from family gatherings and rushing around for last minute grocery store trips. Ask your loved ones if anyone wants to ride with you to Thanksgiving this year. Less traffic congestion means less vehicle emissions.   

Hear Us Out… Skip the Turkey 

We know it’s hard to imagine Thanksgiving without carving a turkey. But, we can still keep the spirit of tradition with nostalgic and delicious side dishes while trying a new main course. The carbon footprint of the tens of millions of turkeys consumed every November is substantial. While, yes, turkeys are more efficient to farm and feed than other meat sources such as cows, it isn’t exactly sustainable. Isn’t the best part of Thanksgiving dinner the sides and dessert anyway? 

Shop Local

Get your trimmings and sides from local growers! Shopping at a farmer’s market on the weekend can be a great way to check ingredients off your shopping list in a way that makes you feel great. A sustainable way to shop, both environmentally and economically, farmer’s markets can provide you with great quality and prices for your Thanksgiving staples like Brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, and baked goods. 

Reduce Waste  

Wasting food is not on the menu this Thanksgiving. We are planning ahead and buying take-home containers so that all of our guests can help themselves to leftovers of their choosing. One sustainable tip is to thrift dishes from a secondhand store instead of buying single-use plastic containers. This way, your guests can reuse the dishes themselves, and you can minimize waste even more.  

Give Back to the Community  

If you have the means, buy a couple extra cans of corn or other non-perishables when you’re shopping for your Thanksgiving dinner. Grocery stores usually have food drive bins this time of year, and you can easily give back this way. With even a few dollars, you can provide people in your community with a little taste of the holiday season. 

Happy Holidays! 

We hope that having a more sustainable Thanksgiving can bring you a sense of gratefulness and pride this year. No matter how you celebrate, from your friends at The Rideshare Company: Have a wonderful holiday season! 

by Isabelle Brown  | 

A Brief History of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and this holiday season will certainly be different from any we have experienced before. Many beloved traditions may be put on hold in order to keep family members safe and healthy during these strange and difficult times.

One favorite tradition among both children and grandparents alike, The Thanksgiving Day Parade, will still be taking place this year. It will be completely virtual, musical performances and all, reimagined to work in the times of social distancing. The parade is a treasured event that has a rich American history that began in 1924.

The original Thanksgiving Day Parade was nearly three times as long as it is today, stretching from 145th street and Convent Avenue in Harlem and winding its way down to the Macy’s store in Times Square.

When Macy’s on Broadway and 34th Street reached its expansion size of an entire city block and 1 million square feet of retail space, the employees organized a parade to celebrate.

Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade in History

Originally the Macy’s Christmas Parade, this sunlit morning in November gave the children of NYC a magical experience with animals from the Central Park Zoo and the guest of honor riding in his sleigh propped up on a float—Santa Claus.

While the number of people who witnessed this historic parade is disputed, from Macy’s claiming a million people to newspapers stating 250,000, everyone could agree that this parade was an absolute success. Macy’s quickly announced within the very next week that everyone should set aside Thanksgiving morning of 1925 to feast your eyes on the marvelous parade again.

NBC jumped on the opportunity to sign a contract with Macy’s to be the outlet broadcasting the parade nationally. Bob Hillman, the first director at NBC for the parade’s first national broadcast, said “I wanted to make the picture as exciting as it was to someone standing there, and transmit that to someone watching from Los Angeles or Chicago.”

To make the balloon filled spectacular event more TV-friendly, the length of the parade was cut down significantly to its route we see today.

What started out as a march down to Macy’s became a cherished and treasured tradition for every Thanksgiving morning to come. It is, without fail, on tens of millions of television screens on the morning of Thanksgiving all around the country to begin the day of gratefulness, family, and love.

Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade NYC

by Isabelle Brown  |