Detroit street closures for Turkey Trot, Thanksgiving Parade & Lions

Detroit street closures for Turkey Trot, Thanksgiving Parade & Lions
Posted at 12:22 PM, Nov 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-23 07:21:22-05

The city of Detroit has announced road closures and parking information for Thanksgiving. Events on Thanksgiving include the Turkey Trot in the morning, followed by America's Thanksgiving Day Parade and ending with the Detroit Lions game.

Thousands of people will be downtown starting early Thursday for theTurkey Trot, which kicks off with a costume judging contest at 6:30a.m.


Woodward Avenue from W. Grand Blvd. to Warren will be closed completely from Wednesday, Nov. 22 at 1 p.m. through Thursday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m.

Woodward Avenue from Warren to Jefferson will be shut down beginning at 1 a.m. until the conclusion of the parade on Thursday, Nov. 23. Emergency vehicles will be allowed to cross Woodward Avenue at Warren, Mack/MLK, Alexandrine, Montcalm and Adams.

The following streets will have limited access beginning at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 22:

  •    Amsterdam/Piquette from Cass to John R
  •    Harper from Cass to John R
  •    Palmer from Cass to John R
  •    Ferry from Cass to John R
  •    Farnsworth/Putnam from Cass to John R

The following streets will be closed beginning at 5 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 23:

  •    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

These streets including Michigan Avenue and Washington Blvd. will reopen after the Turkey Trot at approximately 10 a.m.

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 during the entire Turkey Trot. The Larned exit will reopen after the Turkey Trot ends.


People coming downtown for the Thanksgiving Day races, parade and Detroit Lions game can ride the Detroit People Mover (DPM) free on Nov. 23 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., courtesy of the Sprint LTE Network.

All 13 stations will be open, with the closest to the parade being Grand Circus Park, Broadway and Cadillac. View the DPM system map at

People Mover service will resume at 9 a.m. on Friday, November 24.


As a result of street closures for Thanksgiving Day events, DDOT customers can expect delays beginning at 6 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23. Eastside bus routes will lay over at the Detroit People Mover’s Bricktown Station on Beaubien north of Larned. Bus passengers are encouraged to ride the DPM at no charge on Thanksgiving Day to continue their travels. 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 Thanksgiving Day parade:

  • #7   Cadillac-Harper
  • #10  Chene
  • #25  Jefferson
  • #31  Mack
  • #34  Gratiot
  • #48  Van Dyke

The following routes will be affected because of the Turkey Trot, which takes place from 7 - 8:30 a.m. These routes will come in and out of town by Michigan via Trumbull:

  • #19  Fort
  • #27  Joy
  • #29  Linwood
  • Bus passengers that need to get to the eastside routes from the Rosa Parks Transit Center may ride the People Mover to the Bricktown Station.

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


The Detroit Municipal Parking Department (MPD) recommends the following facilities on Thursday, Nov. 23.

FACILITY                                              HOURS                                 RATE

Ford Underground Garage                    5 a.m. - 6 p.m.                        $10
30 East Jefferson Avenue             

Millennium Garage                                24 hours                                  $10
423 W. Congress                          

In addition, the following facilities are recommended for the Detroit Lions game.

Grand Circus Park Garage                      24 hours                                  $20
1600-01 Woodward Avenue                                                                                

Premier Underground Garage                  5 a.m. – 2 p.m.                         $10
1206-08 Woodward Avenue                     (Public Parking)

Parents can find lost children at the Detroit Police Department Downtown Services, 20 Atwater, or by calling (313) 237-2850.