Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade | NYC Events
In some families, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is as much a part of Thanksgiving as turkey and talking around the dinner table. Our NY Hotel welcomes guests who come from out of town to attend this holiday tradition.
About the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade:
The very first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade took place in 1924. It was considered a huge success that first year, but no one could have anticipated the phenomenon that it would become. Each year, more than 3.5 million people line the streets of New York City to get a glimpse of Snoopy, Santa, and all of the other parade entries. In addition to those watching the parade live, about 50 million more will tune in to watch the parade on TV.
If you grew up in the United States in the 1950s or later, than you probably remember that Thanksgiving Day was filled with the smells of cooking in the kitchen, waiting for company to arrive, and the sounds of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade playing on the television. The parade has been televised since 1952, and it continues to serve as the background noise for Thanksgiving chefs all over the country.
While watching the NYC event on TV is fun, there is nothing like being there in person. Renting a hotel room that sits right on the parade route is, for some, prohibitively expensive. It also requires advance planning as some of those rooms sell out more than a year in advance. Our NY Hotel is a much more affordable alternative, and the parade route can be reached easily from our hotel.
If you are attending the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in person, consider arriving to the parade route well in advance of the 9 a.m. start time. To get the best viewing spots closest to the street, attendees start gathering hours in advance, so you should, too. You’ll be standing outside for a while, so dress in layers.
Don’t forget that you can watch the massive balloons being inflated the night before the parade. In recent years, this has become a popular event in itself. The entrance to watch the huge balloons come to life is located at 79th Street and Columbus Avenue. The inflations will take place from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. You have to arrive to the viewing area no later than 9:15 p.m. to be admitted. As the night goes on, the viewing area becomes more crowded. You can avoid the crowds by arriving earlier, but keep in mind the most impressive views take place later when the balloons are fully inflated.
DoubleTree by Hilton Metropolitan is a great choice for those coming to the city to attend the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade or other popular NYC Event in November. View our current list of Special Offers as you plan your stay at our NY Hotel.
Parade starts at 77th Street & Central Park West at 9 a.m. and then marches south on Central Park West. At Columbus Circle, the Parade will then turn east onto Central Park South instead of heading down Broadway. When the Parade reaches 7th Avenue, it turns south at the corner of Central Park South and then marches to 42nd Street. From there it travels east along 42nd Street from 7th to 6th Avenues. At 6th (Avenue of the Americas), it moves south to 34th Street. At 34th Street it heads west to Macy's Herald Square and ends at 34th Street and Seventh Avenue.