With nearly 15% of First Staters expected to travel this weekend, here’s what you need to know about Thanksgiving in Delaware this year.
AAA Mid-Atlantica regional travel agency, predicts vacation travel will be comparable to pre-pandemic levels, with 149,504 travelers from Delaware.
More than 10,000 Delawareans will be flying somewhere this weekend, up 7% from last year’s Thanksgiving weekend, as COVID-19 restrictions on flights are lifted, AAA said.
Around 90% of travelers will drive to their destinations, the agency expects.
While gas prices have skyrocketed over the past year due to inflation, the past few weeks have seen an increase fall in average cost per gallon.
The average cost per gallon in New Castle County is $3.62. In Kent County it’s $3.57 and down in Sussex the average gallon is $3.59.
With so many travelers on the road, AAA says this weekend are the best and worst times to drive:
Weather for Thanksgiving and the weekend
Thanksgiving is supposed to be a clear, sunny day with temperatures reaching 60 degrees National Weather Service.
The holiday and family season on Thursday will lead to cloudy skies on Friday, with rain likely and the temperature reaching nearly 60 degrees again on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
While Saturday morning should be clear, light rain is expected after 1pm and will continue into Sunday.
safety on the road
Delaware has already matched its 2021 road death toll, with 139 fatalities so far in 2022.
The states Ministry of Transport offers these tips for driving on vacation:
- Always wear your seat belt
- Never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Obey posted speed limits
- Don’t drive while distracted
- Don’t drive aggressively
“We strongly encourage everyone to slow down, avoid distractions behind the wheel and be on the lookout for pedestrians and cyclists,” said Secretary of Safety and Homeland Security Nathaniel McQueen Jr. in a news release. “It is imperative that we all take an active role in protecting one another.”
Wilmington’s MS Run
That National Multiple Sclerosis Society has its 44th Annual Thanksgiving Day MS Run in Wilmington.
The event includes 10K and 5K runs, a 5K walk and a Kids Fun Run.
After the run, participants and their families can enjoy refreshments and take photos with Santa Claus.
The organization’s goal is to raise $110,000 for multiple sclerosis research and treatment. To date, the event has raised $27,259.
to register here.
Newark’s Thanksgiving Breakfast
The Parks and Recreation Department is hosting its 37th Annual Thanksgiving Breakfast Thursday from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m George Wilson Center in Newark.
This year’s menu includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, fruit, coffee, juice and tea. registration is required and attendees are asked to bring a canned fruit, vegetable, meat or tuna to donate to the Food Bank of Delaware.
Bethany-Fenwick Turkey Trot
Bethany Beach is hosting a 2-mile run Thursday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Participants must register here, and pay $35 to enter. The course begins at Garfield Parkway and Atlantic Avenue.
All funds go to support the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Department.
Cakes will be awarded to the male and female winners, and runners are encouraged to wear Thanksgiving costumes to celebrate the holiday.
Community Thanksgiving dinner
That House of David in Milford is hosting a community dinner Thursday from 12pm to 2pm
Attendees will be served a complimentary full Thanksgiving meal.
The organization’s closet also distributes coats, sweaters and winter items to those in need.
Jarek grew up in Doylestown, Pennsylvania and earned a BA in Journalism and a BA in Political Science from Temple University in 2021. After managing Michael Smerconish’s CNN YouTube channel, Jarek became a reporter for the Bucks County Herald before joining Delaware LIVE News.