Unfortunately, there isn't an official Washington DC Thanksgiving parade, but there are a couple before and after Turkey Day! In fact, no Washington DC Thanksgiving is complete without the Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade, in the heart of nearby Silver Spring, just 5 miles from American Inn of Bethesda. Every year, 50-foot balloons, floats, marching bands, musicians, costumed performers, fire trucks, and more fill the streets, not to mention an appearance from Santa himself! This year's parade starts at 10am on Saturday, November 17th, at the intersection of Ellsworth Drive and Veteran's Place in downtown Silver Spring, then heads south on Georgia Avenue. Driving on parade day is tricky, so it's best to take the Metro to Silver Spring Station.
Another lovely option for Thanksgiving in Maryland is the Reston Town Center Holiday Parade, a 20-mile drive from American Inn of Bethesda. This year features a full day of family fun on Friday, November 23rd, starting at 8am with the Ginger Man Mile race. After that, the parade starts at 11am, complete with massive balloons, colorful floats, fun characters, music, performers, and a visit from Santa. All in all, there will be more than 70 groups and 500 people participating, so come on down!