The Kung Fu Panda balloon floats in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. The American harvest holiday came as portions of the Northeast were still coping with the wake of Superstorm Sandy, and volunteers planned to serve thousands of turkey dinners to people it left homeless or struggling. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
Thursday, November 22, 2012 4:54 pm
AP PHOTOS: A look at Thanksgiving near and far
By The Associated Press
In Afghanistan, huge hunks of beef, dressing, corn, collard greens, yams and mashed potatoes with gravy greeted about 2,500 soldiers in the dining hall. Nearby, service members played football.
Meanwhile, stores that typically open early Friday were getting a head start on Thanksgiving evening, hoping Americans would be willing to shop soon after they polish off their pumpkin pie.
Here's a photo gallery of Thanksgiving celebrations: