Nightly News   |  November 28, 2013

Millions enjoy Thanksgiving festivities across US

Millions of Americans celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday despite worries that a winter storm might have a major impact on festivities and travels. NBC’s Katy Tur reports.

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>>> dire predictions and worries that a winter storm might have a major impact on holiday festivities and travel, the flight delays have subsided. while there was snow and rain, millions of americans were able to celebrate the holiday today with family. high wind here in new york calmed enough by this morning to allow the macy's thanksgiving day parade to go ahead as planned. and we start off tonight from the parade route. good evening, katie.

>> reporter: hey there, kate. we are told americans are eating 736 million pound of turkey today. but before all the food comas can kick in, 6th avenue here was abuzz with people. crowds lining the street for a thanksgiving day parade that went off without a hitch, almost.

>> reporter: thankfully the 3.5 million people who lined the streets and braved the cold not knowing if the stars of the 87th annual macy's thanksgiving day parade would show up.

>> it was fun.

>> reporter: is there any part of your body you can feel right now?

>> no.

>> reporter: the only hiccup was spiderman's left arm punctured and slightly deflated after it snagged a tree rounding a corner. thanksgiving traditions continued all across the country, even after a wet and windy storm canceled hundred of flights yesterday. but weather headaches didn't dampen the spirit. in washington the first family had a traditional dinner at the white house including turkey, ham and nine kind of pie. but before sitting down to eat, the president called troops to wish them a happy holiday and thank them. he praised their service today in a web address .

>> no matter what our differences we are all part of one american family .

>> reporter: in atlanta, volunteers offered hot meals, free clothing and haircuts to more than 6,000 in need.

>> we are going to pack 2,000 of these packs today.

>> reporter: in santa barbara , 1,000 people showed up to help send care packages to victims of the typhoon in the philippines. today marked the first day of chanukah, the two holidays haven't fallen on the same day since 1888 , in honor of it one new york 9-year-old.

>> my name --

>> reporter: decided to invent the menurkey. all days, crowds lined parade routes from snowy detroit to philadelphia. but none were quite as grand as macy 's.

>> i think it is pretty awesome.

>> reporter: back to thanksgiving and chanukah, probably won't fall on the same day again for maybe 70,000 years or so. if you have dreams of the turkey, cranberry, stuffing sandwich, where the bread is latkes, better make the dream a reality now. kate?

>> out on the streets of