An alternative Thanksgiving: Bay Area celebrates the holiday in their unique ways

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Giving thanks It is an opportunity to gather with friends and family to thank many people.

But it doesn’t always center around all the turkey and trimmings and it’s not always at grandma’s house.

There’s no better way to get your blood pumping than Thanksgiving.

“We’re showing our thanks by jumping in the bay and getting all the benefits of a cold plunge,” said Carolyn Edwards.

No turkey required.

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“We have mimosas here on the beach. We get bakers,” Edwards said.

The big bird and all the decorations will come later.

“It’s kind of a warm-up. Get that great electric feeling. Go home and then we’ll go home, cook meals and do our thing.”

If going for a beer isn’t your thing, a little flag football is what got these boys and girls out of bed on turkey day.

“We’re here playing football. A little bit of a tradition here every Thanksgiving. We’ve been on the green at the marina for 22 years. Getting the kids out here, some touchdowns, some interceptions,” Brett Monaghan said.

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For some, it’s a new tradition. For others, it’s a holiday tradition to miss. Either way, it’s fun for all ages.

“Get the kids motivated to play some American football,” Monaghan said.

A few kilometers away, fun with a different kind of football.

It’s game time at Chief Sullivan’s Bar in North Beach.

Two big World Cup games on Thanksgiving Day.

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“I like it. I’m a big football fan. I like having football around,” said Chief Sullivan’s Freddy Javid, who is working this day so others can enjoy the big game and maybe a bigger meal.

“Later we’ll have Thanksgiving in the bar here, but to have a World Cup game, very unusual,” said Javid.

“Yeah. It’s different,” Dan Duncan said. “It’s really nice to come here and enjoy it and then go see your families.”

Sin Chai is another die-hard soccer fan who attended on Thursday. He is playing for Brazil.

“It’s a special occasion and it happens every four years,” said Chai.

Thanksgiving is a day to show gratitude and many have said they appreciate spending it the way they want.

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