Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade


Macy’s “Believe” Star Balloons (2012 Parade)


It’s now November and many of us are preparing for the Thanksgiving festivities.  If you will be visiting the city this Thanksgiving, you will have no difficulty staying busy with all that there is to see and do.  However, if you haven’t yet booked a hotel,  you will likely have to plan for another year.  Although many New Yorkers have left the city, tourists come from near and far to view the parade and see NYC in the fall.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade:
The famed Thanksgiving Day Parade, which is now in its 87th year, is a spectacular display of high flying balloons, celebrities, dancers, bands and festivities.  Thousands of people from all around brave the cold to catch a glimpse of the parade.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

The Route: 
The parade begins on the West side of Central Park at 77th & Central Park West and follows Central Park West until heading East on Central Park South.  The parade then turns onto 6th Avenue and follows it until turning onto 34th Street and finally ending in Macy’s Herald Square.

Find more details at: or on Macy’s free App for the parade

You can view the parade from many places along the route.  Here are a few thoughts.

  • Find a place along the parade route and plan where you want to stand in advance so you will know exactly where to go on Thanksgiving Day.  Last year, we stood near a coffee shop which made the waiting go by a bit more quickly.
  • The balloons and many of the floats are high enough that you can see from several rows back, but arrive early to get the best spots.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather.  Weather can vary, so check the local weather forecasts and consider dressing in layers.  You’ll be standing for a long time, so plan your footwear accordingly.

While your in Town:  New York City offers a treasure trove of shopping, wonderful restaurants and a million things to do while you are in town.  While you are there, you can also enjoy:

  • Horse drawn Carriage Ride through Central Park

  • Spectacular Shopping including the designer Fifth Avenue Stores, the big designer stores, jewelry and specialty shops
  • A walk on Fifth Avenue, through the park or along the Hudson or East River.  If you are on the West Side, consider a walk on the High Line.
  • Store Windows:  Don’t forget to look for incredibly crafted store window displays throughout the city.
  • Museums: Art, Science, History and more!
  • Catch a great view of the fall foliage from the top of Rockefeller Center
  • Take a Hop-on/Hop-off tour:  A great way to see the city and get an overview of the city.  And you can hop off when you want to explore an area and hop back on when you are finished.  Many companies offer these tours.
  • 9/11 MemorialTo visit this memorial, it is recommended that you reserve your free tickets online as it is often crowded.  The Memorial is located at the World Trade Center Site in lower Manhattan.
  • See a Broadway Show:  There are so many to choose from plays to musicals
  • Walk through Grand Central: Not only a major transportation hub of the city, Grand Central is also full of history, shopping and restaurants.  Many people walk the halls and corridors every day.
  • Shop at Macy’s Herald Square




Thanksgiving Eats:  Make sure to make reservations for Thanksgiving dinner if you haven’t done so already!
The Palm is a classic steakhouse.  They are offering a Thanksgiving menu at three of their NYC locations; Palm West SideTribeca & Palm Too (East Side)
BenoitEnjoy Thanksgiving at a wonderful french bisto by Alain Ducasse
Palm CourtThanksgiving at The Plaza
Capital Grille Chrysler Center

Memorable Hotel Cocktails:
The View at the Marriott Marquis
King Cole Bar at the St. Regis
Peacock Alley at the Waldorf-Astoia

Side Notes:  Although the tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center doesn’t occur until after Thanksgiving, you will find preparations and holiday cheer throughout the city.
Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center
Tree Lighting on December 4, 2013  

Although you might be there for the Parade, there are so manly other great things to do in the city.  This post represents just a few of the attractions that this wonderful city has to offer.  Go out and Explore and make new memories.

Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!


Leave a Reply