Lea Michele, Obama family, Kathie Lee Gifford celebrate Thanksgiving


Like millions of Americans across the country, Lea Michele got ready for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday morning. But instead of getting ready to watch on the couch in her pajamas, she got ready to perform.

The actress and singer, who is currently starring in Broadway’s Funny Girl, opened the 96th annual Macy’s Parade with a stunning performance featuring some of the show’s cast. But before she did, she posted a video on TikTok ahead of the iconic Thanksgiving celebration.

“Funny girls at the Thanksgiving Day Parade! @funnygirlbwyofficial,” she captioned the video, which was set to Taylor Swift’s “Bejeweled.”

While Michele attended the parade live, many big names tuned in from home, including President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden.

More stars shared holiday messages leading up to Thanksgiving, including what they’re grateful for.

Dylan Dreyer

Meteorologist Dylan Dreyer represented colleague Al Roker at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and shared several photos and some video footage from the morning on Instagram.

“Let’s have a parade!!!” She wrote. “Happy Thanksgiving to your families and to everyone you love! It was a real honor to step in this morning and help my dear friend @alroker who was truly missed at the @macys Thanksgiving Day Parade this year. I hope you have a wonderful day !”


Former first lady Michelle Obama posted a family photo to Instagram and Twitter Thursday morning, sharing warm Thanksgiving wishes.

“I hope everyone is having a wonderful day filled with love, gratitude and lots of great food. From our family to yours, have a Happy Thanksgiving!” she wrote.

Barack Obama

Like his wife, former President Barack Obama also shared holiday wishes on Instagram.

The former supreme commander shared two photos of himself eating.

“Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving Day!” he wrote. “As we celebrate, let’s give thanks for all the blessings in our lives and give back when we can. We also remember the brave men and women who serve our country far from their homes.

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Kathie Lee Gifford

Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for many, including Kathie Lee Gifford.

The 69-year-old media personality told Fox News in an interview published Wednesday that it was “my favorite holiday of the year” because “it’s about gratitude.”

She told the outlet that Thanksgiving is “the only day of the year I actually cook” and that she prepares many of the food-focused dishes her late mother prepared for the holiday.

“My mom was an incredible cook,” she said. “She couldn’t boil water when she was 19 and got married, but she learned to be a great cook. So she taught me, my sister and my brother all of her amazing recipes.”

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