The week of Thanksgiving, the National Thanksgiving Turkey and alternate arrive in Washington, DC and stay in a hotel suite chosen for its close proximity to the White House.

In the days prior to the presentation, the White House digital team arranges with NTF for access to the suite for video and still photography of both turkeys. The digital team creates social media and website postings for the official White House platforms, introducing the names of the two turkeys, and inviting the public to vote on social media through Wednesday morning for one of the turkeys to be designated as the National Thanksgiving Turkey.