PR Newswire Thanksgiving Round-Up: Dinner Costs, Travel Trends & Parade Floats
Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, Nov. 25, and we’ve gathered some of the most newsworthy press releases about the holiday:
Farm Bureau’s 36th annual survey indicates the average cost of this year’s classic Thanksgiving feast for 10 is $53.31, or less than $6.00 per person. This is a $6.41 or 14% increase from last year’s average of $46.90.
The centerpiece on most Thanksgiving tables – the turkey – costs more than last year, at $23.99 for a 16-pound bird. That’s roughly $1.50 per pound, up 24% from last year, but there are several mitigating factors.
Thanksgiving 2020 is a blur for many families who decided to scale things back or cancel the holiday altogether because of the coronavirus pandemic. But this year, Turkey Day is poised to make a comeback — a record percentage of Americans plan to host the holiday, according to LendingTree’s latest survey of more than 2,000 Americans.
More than 53 million Americans are expected to travel this Thanksgiving, bringing fall travel back to pre-pandemic levels. During the height of the 2020 pandemic, most Americans opted for smaller holiday gatherings, so it’s no surprise that Americans are eager to get together and spend time with family and friends.
National Safety Council Calls on All Drivers to Practice Safe, Responsible Driving Over Thanksgiving
The National Safety Council (NSC) is calling on everyone planning to travel to celebrate Thanksgiving with loved ones to practice safe, responsible driving. Roadways are becoming more dangerous; NSC estimates more than 21,400 people may have died on the roads through the first six months of 2021, a 16% increase from the previous year. Over this year’s Thanksgiving holiday period — which begins Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. and concludes Sunday, Nov. 28, at 11:59 p.m. — estimates show more than 500 people may die on U.S. roads. This is the highest projection of roadway deaths during the Thanksgiving holiday since 2007.
Disney Cruise Line Sets Sail on Streets of New York City with Enchanting Cruise Ship Float in Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
On Nov. 25, Disney Cruise Line’s brand-new cruise ship float will embark on its maiden voyage in New York City as part of the 95th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The imaginatively designed “ship” has been christened “Magic Meets the Sea” and is inspired by the fantastical style of the Disney Wish, which sets sail in summer 2022.
We know it can be difficult to keep up with everything on PR Newswire for Journalists. So here are some of this week’s other newsworthy releases that you might have missed:
The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) celebrated the winners and honorees of the 2021 CFDA Fashion Awards at an intimate ceremony at The Pool + The Grill in New York on Nov. 10. Presided over by Tom Ford, chairman of the CFDA, the evening brought together a mix of American designers, brands, and organizations from across the American fashion industry, as well as international brands.
Among the highlights:
- Emily Blunt, who served as the evening’s host, presented the American Womenswear Designer of the Year award to Christopher John Rogers, and the American Menswear Designer of the Year to Emily Bode Aujla of Bode.
- Zendaya was named Fashion Icon, presented by Iman.
- Cara Delevingne presented Anya Taylor-Joy with CFDA’s first Face of the Year award.
COVID Changed Women’s Shopping Behaviors, Desires, and Expectations According to New National Study From Meredith and the Harris Poll
The COVID-19 pandemic has created space for women to reprioritize their energy and resources, including re-evaluating what matters most when it comes to retail, according to a new exclusive national study from Meredith Corp. and the Harris Poll.
Among the many other notable findings, the Meredith-Harris Poll study reveals three key shopping trends accelerated by the pandemic:
#1: Creating demand now starts with digital
#2: In-store retail needs a glow-up as digital shopping grows
#3: Women are intentionally directing spending to brands that support their values and community
EF Education First released today (Nov. 16) the 2021 edition of its EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI), analyzing data from 2 million non-native English speakers in 112 countries and regions. As worldwide levels of English improve, Scandinavia no longer dominates the top positions of this global ranking. The Netherlands held on to its number 1 spot by a comfortable margin.
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Larry Grady is online content manager at PR Newswire for Journalists. He has worked in business media for nearly 30 years and enjoys reality TV and daydreaming about travel and wine.