Thanksgiving is right around the corner and it’s during this time of year when we are reminded of what it means to have a thankful heart even for the simplest things! Continue reading to find out 10 things you can be thankful for in Dayton. 

Children’s Holiday Parade & Other Holiday Events 

Dayton has many amazing annual holiday events starting this year with The Grande Illumination: A Dayton Holiday Festival Televised Tree Lighting & The Dayton Drive-Thru Children's Parade in Lights following the night after. 

Open Indoor Attractions Where You Can Experience Safe Socially Distanced Fun

Whether you’re a history buff, a science fanatic, an art enthusiast, or just someone who enjoys getting out of the house and doing things, Dayton’s many, varied attractions will interest you! Experience safe socially distanced fun at any of Dayton’s many WARM indoor attractions!

Five Rivers MetroParks--Where You Can Get Out and Explore

Grab your hiking shoes, a warm hat, and a couple of layers and get out and explore one of Dayton’s 25 Five Rivers MetroParks amazing facilities!  There’s nothing like fresh air and beautiful scenery to awaken your senses and recharge your batteries. In Dayton we’re blessed with an abundance of parks and hiking trail options – so Get Out and Explore!  Get Out and Live!

Restaurants That Are Open Where You Can Dine In or Order Carry-Out

Mouth-watering food is always something to be thankful for! It can be especially wonderful when you don’t have to do the prep or the clean-up!  Visit one of Dayton’s many incredible restaurants for some great food. Take a break from cooking, enjoy some amazing cuisine variety, and help support our local restaurants

Visiting with Friends & Family

The holidays are a great time to reunite with friends and family! This year while doing so it is ever more important to practice hygiene and safe distancing. Get out of the house and enjoy all that Dayton has to offer while with family and friends-- Download the Visit Dayton App to start planning your adventures together in Greater Dayton today!

Nation’s Largest Network Of Paved Trails To Walk Or Bike On

Work off some of that turkey with a walk or bike ride on one of the many trails on the Miami Valley Trails-- in fact, Dayton boasts the nation’s largest network of paved trails – over 340+ miles!

Knowing You Can Help Our Local Economy Recover By Buying Local

You can do your part to help Dayton’s local economy recover by simply purchasing what you need/want at one of the many local businesses throughout Dayton and Montgomery County. Shop local!  Visit local! Dine local!

Incredible Medical Infrastructure

Dayton has an incredible medical infrastructure including Premier Health Network, Kettering Health Network, and Dayton Children’s among others. We salute these health network employees and thousands of other amazing health workers and first responders who have been working tireless hours to keep the people in our community safe and healthy! With truly grateful hearts we say THANKS to all of you!

The Dayton Food Bank

Greater Dayton has numerous community support organizations. The Dayton Food Bank is one such example.  It has been such an incredible resource for many for nearly four decades. The Foodbank has been the primary food supplier to the hunger relief network in Montgomery, Greene and Preble Counties. They serve the community by providing food, comfort, and hope to hungry families. During these challenging times The Dayton Food Bank has expanded their important community service and outreach to additional people in need.  Thank you!

A Community That Cares About Its Citizens

Dayton has some amazing organizations that help those in need in our local community. Because, Greater Dayton is a community that cares about its citizens. Although the annual Thanksgiving Feast of Giving, held at the Dayton Convention Center, has been cancelled in 2020 due to COVID19, Dayton continues to be a community that cares about its citizens.  Numerous non-profits, churches and charitable organizations serve to help those in need and we as Daytonians are so proud.  Whether it’s the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, House of Bread, Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill, YWCA, St. Vincent de Paul or the Dayton Foundation among many, many others– there are numerous places where you can demonstrate your thankfulness by donating time or dollars to help those less fortunate.  Thanksgiving and the holidays are a time to reflect on our own good fortune and to help those in need.