Many ate their Thanksgiving feast at Florida beaches

Many ate their turkey while basking in the sunshine

SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) — This is the time of year where the whole country is jealous of Floridians. While people are bundling up, we here are basking in the sunshine. So on this Thanksgiving many decided to have the best of both worlds- eating their turkey at the beach.

“[Up north] you’re gonna be in a house, locked up. Here you enjoy the weather,” said Danny Kiger, visiting from Indiana.

Danny Kiger flew down from Indiana, trading in the white landscape of the north for white sand of Siesta Key beach.

“I’ve never had Thanksgiving on the beach with a T-shirt. This is great, I mean this is the life,” said Kiger.

He joined his family at their very first Thanksgiving on the beach.

“I love coming to Siesta and I wanted to share it with my family, they haven’t been here so I wanted to share it with them,” said his relative, Carrie Garrison.

Nearly 50 million Americans traveled this holiday weekend, with millions pouring into Florida. With cheap gas prices and a relatively healthy economy, AAA said one million more people traveled this Thanksgiving than last year.

So no doubt, these folks wanted to get their money’s worth. This family is thankful to be together, away from the cold and away from chores.

“I didn’t have to clean my house for my guests to come over and the other is we’re not going to have any dishes to do after we’re finished eating,” said Garrison.

Sure, having a change in seasons is nice, but you won’t find beautiful sandy beaches in Indiana.

“This is our first time, but we want to make this an annual thing,” said Garrison.

Ultimately it doesn’t matter where you are on this day, as long as it’s shared with family and friends. But being at the beach is certainly a nice perk. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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