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Pete's Bar Thanksgiving Day celebration returns to Neptune Beach

Last year, COVID-19 forced the legendary watering hole to cancel its Thanksgiving event. This year is a different story.

NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. — It's a tradition like none other. 

For almost 40 years, hundreds of people have packed the streets on Thanksgiving morning in Neptune Beach for the annual 'Pete's Thanksgiving Celebration'.

Last year, COVID-19 forced the legendary watering hole to cancel its Thanksgiving event. This year is a different story.

"Pete's Bar Thanksgiving is ON!!!," posted Pete's on Facebook. "See you next Thursday from 9am-1pm, cash only, can't wait to see you all!"

The event started out small several years ago with a small group of a few friends on Thanksgiving, and each year it's grown to include locals and even those from out of state.

The party also gives local businesses a financial boost ahead of Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.  

In addition to the block party, there is also Tony's Turkey Trot 5k Fun Run starting at 8 a.m. in Atlantic Beach. This year's run is dedicated to the late Dr. Leon Haley.

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