Did you know that the first official Thanksgiving was in the fall of 1621 after the Pilgrims arrived in North America in December 1620? The celebration lasted three full days of feasting taught by the Wampanoag Indians and drinking beer the Pilgrims brought with them on the Mayflower. Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in October 1863, issuing it to be celebrated on the last Thursday of November. In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt changed it to the Thursday before the last in order to stimulate the economy and make Christmas longer. Fast forward to 2010 where Christmas season has been extended to before Halloween and Thanksgiving is given a brief mention in relation to football or reason to consume large amounts of deep fried turkey and pie guilt free. Some travel home for the holiday to enjoy mom’s cooking while some travel to let others do the cooking along with the dishes. Considering Las Vegas is one of the best cities for dining and the best city for partying, this year for Thanksgiving, Las Vegas is going all out so you out-of-towners will be left with a satisfaction to be thankful for.
If you are feeling a bit guilty coming to the City of Sin, you can do your good holiday deeds starting tomorrow at Caramel Lounge in the Bellagio. They are having a “Cans for Cocktails” party where for every five cans of food brought receives a free signature cocktail. I expect with limited luggage space most people won’t be packing cans, but there is a CVS and Walgreens located on The Strip for easy quick shopping. You can continue with charitable acts of fun the next night at the Silverton Lodge. “The ‘stash is back with the Mustachio Bashio festival where you show off your killer mustache along with karaoke, beer bong, prizes, mashed potato eating contest, and of course a contest for the best ‘stash. Make sure you purchase a limited edition T-shirt where a portion of the proceeds go JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). The rest of weekend remains calm with the clubs taking a break from the convention season, but if you want to get some “house for the holidays” Felix de Cathouse is spinning at Rain nightclub Saturday night. The usual industry nights will still be happening Sunday at the Bank and Vanity, Monday at XS and JET, and Tuesday at Blush and Pure.
The Eve of Thanksgiving is the biggest night to go out nationwide and if you are going to do it in style, Surrender nightclub is a must with the premiere of their new resident DJ, Lil Jon… get out of your mind! Thursday is Thanksgiving and there is nothing like a good meal to cure your hangover and put you out for the rest of the day. If you’re looking for a great Thanksgiving meal, the options are endless, but these are my favorite that I guarantee you will be grateful for.
Once you get a catnap in from all that L-tryptophan, the nightclub scene will be kicking off. The Bank, Tryst, Tao, Haze, Blush, Lavo, Pure will all be open to give you an after dinner treat. If you are staying for the weekend, J. Cole will be performing at Haze on Saturday, November 27th. As time passes by events and parties will be popping up so make sure you check out spyonvegas.com to keep up to date on what to do. Make sure you give thanks to your friends and family, but just make sure you try to stay away from thanking the “porcelain god.”