Individuals attending the America’s Thanksgiving Parade, Turkey Trot and the Detroit Lions game on Thursday, Nov. 25 should make note of street closures, bus reroutes and suggested parking, as tens of thousands flock to downtown Detroit.
The City of Detroit also issued a reminder to parade watchers that the building of scaffolds and any device without a City permit is prohibited during Thanksgiving events in downtown Detroit on private or public property. Violators will receive tickets, and the scaffolds will be removed.
Motorists traveling to downtown Detroit on Wednesday, Nov. 24 and for the parade on Thursday, Nov. 25 should note the following road closures.
Wednesday, November 24
Woodward between W. Grand Blvd and Warren to close at 9 a.m.
Woodward from Warren to Congress to close at noon.
Thursday, November 25
Motorists may cross Woodward at intersections from Warren to Larned until 5 a.m. on Thanksgiving. Woodward from W. Grand Blvd. to Larned will be closed completely from 5 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
The following streets will close beginning at 5 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 25 and reopen after the Turkey Trot at approximately 10 a.m.:
- W. Jefferson from the Lodge Freeway to Cabacier
- Michigan at Cass
- Fort Street from Trumbull to Woodward
- Congress from Shelby to Randolph
- Larned from Shelby to Randolph
- Shelby from Congress to Michigan
- Michigan from Cass to Woodward
- Monroe from Woodward to Randolph
- Lafayette Blvd. from Trumbull to Griswold
- Washington Blvd. from Adams to Congress
- Atwater from Civic Center Dr. to Third
In addition, the southbound Lodge exits at W. Jefferson/Cobo and Larned Street (Exits 1A & 1B) and the northbound Lodge exit at W. Jefferson (Exit 1A) will be closed beginning at 7 a.m. during the entire Turkey Trot. The Larned exit will reopen after the Turkey Trot ends.
DETROIT PEOPLE MOVER
The Detroit People Mover remains closed.
DDOT BUS REROUTES
As a result of street closures for Thanksgiving Day events, DDOT customers can expect delays beginning at 6 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 25. Eastside and westside bus routes as indicated below will begin and end service at the Rosa Parks Transit Center. Eastside bus routes will resume regular service to the Rosa Parks Transit Center after 6 p.m.
The following bus routes will be affected because of the parade on Nov. 25 from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.:
- 3 Grand River
- 4 Woodward
- 5 Van Dyke/Lafayette
- 6 Gratiot
- 8 Warren
- 9 Jefferson
- 16 Dexter
- 23 Hamilton
- 31 Mack
- 42 Mid-City Loop
- 52 Chene
- 67 Cadillac/Harper
The following routes will be affected because of the Turkey Trot on Nov. 25 starting at 7 a.m. and detours expected to end following the race at 10 a.m.:
- 1 Vernor
- 3 Grand River
- 19 Fort
- 27 Joy
- 29 Linwood
Note: The Grand River detour will continue until approximately 5 p.m.
DDOT will operate on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving Day for all regular routes at regular fares. For more information, please call DDOT’s Customer Service Office at (313) 933-1300 or go to RideDetroitTransit.com.
The Detroit Municipal Parking Department (MPD) recommends the following facilities.
Facility Hours Rate
Ford Underground Garage Nov. 25 – 5 a.m. – 7 p.m. $10
30 East Jefferson Avenue Nov. 26 – 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Eastern Market Garage Nov. 25 – 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. $ 5
2727 Riopelle Street Nov. 26 – Closed
Normal business hours resume Monday, Nov. 29.
Parents can find lost children at the Detroit Police Department Downtown Services, 20 Atwater, or by calling (313) 237-2850.