Street closures in Detroit for Turkey Trot, Thanksgiving Parade & Lions game

Street closures in Detroit on Thanksgiving
Posted at 6:09 AM, Nov 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-21 12:34:32-05

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.


The following road closures are for Wednesday and Thursday.

Woodward Avenue from W. Grand Blvd. to Jefferson will be closed completely from Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. until the conclusion of the parade on Thursday, Nov. 22.

The following streets will have limited access beginning at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 21:

  • 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 close beginning at 5 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22 and reopen after the Turkey Trot at approximately 10 a.m.:

  • 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

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.


Individuals coming downtown for the Thanksgiving Day races, parade and Detroit Lions game can ride the Detroit People Mover free from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., courtesy of United Shore.

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  

Cobo Center will close at 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, so the People Mover will bypass the Cobo Center station beginning at 2 p.m. on Nov. 22.

People Mover service will resume at 9 a.m. on Friday, November 23. 


As a result of street closures for the Thanksgiving Day events, DDOT customers can expect delays beginning at 6 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22. 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:

  • #67  Cadillac-Harper 
  • #52  Chene
  • #9    Jefferson 
  • #31  Mack
  • #6    Gratiot
  • #5    Van Dyke 

The following routes will be affected because of the Turkey Trot, which takes place from 7 a.m. - 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, 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. 22.

FACILITY                                              HOURS                                   RATE
Ford Underground Garage                      5 a.m. - 7 p.m.                         $10
30 East Jefferson Avenue             
Millennium Garage                                  24 hours                                  $10  
423 W. Congress