Thanksgiving in North Carolina

Memories of holidays past, a festive parade that brings people together, a turkey farm in Fairview, and more: Thanksgiving traditions remind us that there’s so much to be grateful for.


Talking Turkey in Fairview

A Thanksgiving bird from Hickory Nut Gap Farm tells the story of a family that farms with love and intention. For generations, they’ve chosen methods that are good for their livestock, their land, and their community.

Written by Emily Wallace


Here Comes the Big Parade

For the past 75 years, North Carolina’s largest Thanksgiving parade has rolled through Charlotte’s streets nearly every holiday season, a jubilant reminder that Christmas is just around the corner.

Written by David Aaron Moore


The Bannerman Folk Camp in Black Mountain, NC.

Folk Family: A Homegrown Thanksgiving Tradition

Each year, families forgo a traditional Thanksgiving weekend to gather in Black Mountain for intergenerational fun through folk dancing, crafts, music, and games.

Written by Katie King


A Gracious Plenty in Greensboro

For more than 30 years, on one special Thursday in November, a community has come together over bread, soup, handmade pottery, and a good cause.

Written by Susan Stafford Kelly


A North Carolina Thanksgiving, Revisited

Over the years, a lot has changed about how we celebrate Thanksgiving, but certain traditions — gatherings of family and friends, football in the backyard, and a turkey on the table — have stood the test of time.

Written by Katie King


17 Pie Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Dessert Table

Give thanks for pie! Creamy chocolate walnut; sweet potato covered in a buttery, crunchy topping; classic, custardy pumpkin — these favorites are fit for a feast.

Written by Our State Staff