THE 87th ANNIVERSARY MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE
In the event that you’re feeling super touristy this year and want to go stand in 23mph winds to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, you can find all the info you need here.
Otherwise, If your like every other New Yorker who plans to watch from an elliptical at the nearest open Equinox – tune in to NBC at 9:00am
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Warning: No bathrooms. Bring Snacks. Dress like an Eskimo and prepare to push and be pushed.
Getting there: Parking in Manhattan is always tight, but Thanksgiving Day it’s nearly impossible. From Westchester & Connecticut, your best bet is taking a Metro-North train to Grand Central Station. It’s an easy walk west from Grand Central to the parade route on 6th Avenue and 42nd Street. From Long Island take the LIRR to Penn Station. From there you can head due east to the parade route one block to Macy’s – or head north first to get to a better viewing spot on 7th Ave in the 40s. If you must drive, consider coming in to the city around 6:00 a.m. in order to get a spot in nearby lots on the Upper West Side or near Lincoln Center where garages abound.
For The Best Spots to watch the parade, check out these Top 6 locations via CBS news (*note you will need to arrive by 6am and pack tons of snacks! )
- Central Park West:West side of street from 70th to Columbus Circle
East side of street from 70th to 65th
The parade begins at 9 a.m. on Thursday, November 22, but you should head to whichever spot you pick at 6:30 a.m. If you choose the beginning of the route, head there early so you can see the floats, balloons and performance groups enter as soon as the show starts.
- Columbus Circle: West side of the streetThe parade then heads to Columbus Circle before turning onto Central Park South. This part of the route offers a wide view of the street since it’s an open circle, making it easy to spot famous faces on top of floats. If you get tired, cold, or hungry, just pop into the Columbus Shops – how convenient!
- 42nd Street From Seventh to Sixth AvenuesAt this point, you’ll see the parade route turn from Seventh Avenue onto 42nd Street. Watch as the Thanksgiving Day entertainers take a break from walking down New York City avenues and march down world-famous 42nd Street. Wave to Kermit the Frog or Spongebob Squarepants, who will both be balloons in this year’s parade.
- 34th Street South side of street between Broadway and Seventh AvenueAfter traveling through Times Square, the parade turns east onto Sixth Avenue and heads down to Macy’s at 34th Street and Herald Square. While there’s no public viewing in front of the iconic department giant on Broadway from 34th to 38th Street, head to the south side of the street for prime viewing. You might even be able to get a glimpse of the acts before they head onto the main performance stage
- Trump International Hotel & Tower One Central Park West
New York, NY 10023
Trump International Hotel & Tower
Though hotel rooms (especially the ones with optimal view of the parade route) are booked way in advance, it doesn’t hurt to ask around and see if friends or family have planned ahead and secured a room in a key spot. Trump International gives you a front row seat at the beginning of the parade. You’ll probably see fellow parade-viewers mingling in the lobby as well.
- Crowne Plaza Manhattan 1605 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
Crown Plaza Times Square Manhattan
The Crown Plaza in Times Square is another best bet for great parade route views. You get to see the procession come down the legendary Seventh Avenue before turning onto 42nd Street, all from the comfort of your hotel room. The best part is that you’re already in the heart of Manhattan and can just take the elevator downstairs to join in the festivities outside.
Thanksgiving Day Parade Map
The parade will kick off at 77th Street and Central Park West on the southeast corner of the American Museum of Natural History. The closest subway stops are the A/C and B lines, at the 81st Street stop.
The parade starting point can also be reached by taking the 1/2/3 trains to 72nd Street, or the 1/2 to 79th Street.
From 77th and Central Park West, the parade will head south, paralleling the park along Central Park West. It will make a left turn onto 59th Street, at Columbus Circle, hugging the southwest corner of Central Park and making its way along Central Park South towards 6th Avenue. To catch the parade at Columbus Circle, take the A/C, B/D or 1 lines to 59th Street, Columbus Circle.
At 6th Avenue, the parade turn right, heading down 6th, also called Avenue of the Americas, marching 25 blocks south. The parade will then turn right onto 34th Street, and end at 34th 7th Avenue, docking at the Macy’s store at Herald Square.
MAP IT OUT: Parade map below or in PDF form here.
For more information visit Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade homepage HERE