Thanksgiving Day is a time to be with the ones you love. While most of America slows down today, there are still a few events happening around Southwest Florida. There are also plenty of places for those in need to get a hot meal. Here's a list of events and places to serving up food on Thanksgiving, as well as list of some store hours.
Thanksgiving Day Events
Cape Coral Turkey Trot
Cape Coral Wellness Center
609 SE 13th Ct. Registration: 6 a.m.
Race start time: 7:30
Naples Turkey Trot 5K
755 8th Avenue South
Race start time: 7:30
All proceeds benefit St. Matthew's House
Thanksgiving Day Meal for Area's Less Fortunate
All Faiths Unitarian Congregation is making it possible for a local charity, Nations Association Charities, to carry out its longstanding Thanksgiving Day tradition of feeding some 300 of the area's most economically disadvantaged residents - the homeless, the hungry, the unemployed and those on the breadline.
The community meal takes place at 11:30 a.m., and goes to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
The event takes place in the picnic areas of Schandler Hall Park, located at 419 Royal Palm Park Road, off Palm Beach Boulevard.
For more information, please call Susan Perez, Chief of Operations at Nations, (239) 332-7575; (239) 694-0471.
Thanksgiving in the Park
Immokalee Airport Park
Noon - 2 p.m.
Put on by the Guadalupe Center, Thanksgiving in the Park is a celebration of gratitude that honors agricultural workers. They're serving turkey, green beans, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce.
For more information call (239)-657-771
The Salvation Army of Fort Myers will be feeding families in need across Southwest Florida, complete with a full thanksgiving spread.
They expect to feed nearly 800 people, but anyone can eat there for free starting at 11 a.m.
From 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. St. Matthew's House in Naples will be serving a full feast
For their crowd they have 160 turkeys, more than 500 pounds of potatoes and 300 pounds of stuffing.
That is open for anyone today.
Some grocery chains in Southwest Florida are open today. Here are their Thanksgiving hours:
Publix - closed
Super Walmart - open all day
Sweetbay - 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Target - closed until 8 p.m.
Winn Dixie - 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
For anyone having an issue cooking a turkey, Butterball has a hotline set up to answer questions in english and spanish. Just call their Turkey Talk-Line at 1-800-BUTTERBALL (288-8372).
That hotline is open Thanksgiving Day 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. and weekdays until Christmas Eve from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Early Black Friday Hours
At Miromar Outlets in Estero, some stores will be opening at 8 p.m. with the entire mall open from 10 p.m. tonight. Some stores are even offering 23 straight hours of shopping on Black Friday.
Lucky shoppers will be drawn for $1,000 in gift card giveaways every hour from 11 p.m. through 4 a.m. Additionally, Before Midnight at Miromar Outlets features door-buster specials for even greater savings and giveaways on top of prices already discounted up to 70%.
For a complete list of special offers go online to MiromarOutlets.com and click on Special Offers.
Doors open Thanksgiving Day at 8 p.m. at JCPenney to kick off 25 hours of shopping. There will also be a snow globe give-a-way starting at 4 a.m. on Black Friday
Best Buy is also getting in on the Thanksgiving Day shopping. Their doors open at 6 p.m. and don't close until 10 p.m. Friday night. The store is also offering free shipping on items $25 or more.