We’d like to wish each and every one of you in Tampa Bay a wonderful, warm, and stuffing-filled Thanksgiving. Take this time to appreciate all that you have and for one day, worry a little less about what you don’t have yet. Hug your family. Call a friend. Tell a veteran, “Thank you.” 

We don’t live in a perfect world, but our attitude determines our outcome. Being thankful is good any day of the year, and Thanksgiving is a great place to start.

If you’re hitting the road to join family and friends in other parts of Florida or the country, be safe and take your time. Eating cold turkey or missing out on a piece of pumpkin pie is better than getting into an accident out on the highway.

For those staying home and welcoming friends and family over for lunch or dinner, remember what the day is about. Yes, even when the mashed potatoes are too lumpy, the turkey’s a little dry, or you find out your nephew has gone vegan just as you put the turkey in the fryer, this day is about appreciating what we have.

And if you find yourself at loose ends or you have no desire to cook or travel this Thanksgiving, take advantage of the area businesses who have something a little extra planned this Thursday.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Busch Gardens, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Thanksgiving at Eddie V’s, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Yacht Starship’s Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise, starting at 12:30 p.m.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Bizou, 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

ThanksVegan Feast - $7 if you bring a dish, $20 if you don’t

Cody’s Roadhouse Thanksgiving Dinner - participating locations only

Need something to do to work off all that turkey or a way to give back to those who have less than you? Check out these local events.

4th Annual Wiregrass Wobble Turkey Trot, Wesley Chapel

Times Turkey Trot, Clearwater

FishHawk Turkey Trot, The Palmetto Club, Lithia

Always Best Care of Hillsborough County Online Food Drive, benefiting Cornerstone Kids, Inc. 

For families in need, turkeys and all the Thanksgiving fixings will be given out at the Billy Burke Miracle Network Thanksgiving on George M. Steinbrenner Field on November 24 beginning at 8:00 a.m.

All of us at My Tampa Agent are thankful for our family, friends, clients, customers, and business partners. We would not be here without you. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!