The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is world famous for it’s giant helium balloon characters and its fabulous marching bands. More than three million New Yorkers line the parade route and more than 50 million viewers watch the parade on TV every year.
The best places to view: Early risers like to camp out starting at 6am along the west side of the street on Central Park West from 59th to 75th Streets, where the Parade runs from about 9am until 10:30am. If you prefer to arrive later, further down the route on 6th Avenue may be best–the Parade reaches this area around 9:30am. We don’t suggest viewing from 6th Avenue between 34th and 38th Streets or in front of Macy’s Herald Square, which provides very limited viewing due to the national television broadcast.
WHAT: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is free to attend.
WHEN: Thanksgiving Day. Follow the link above to the official event site for schedule updates.
WHERE: Midtown Manhattan, New York City. The parade route begins at 77th St and Central Park West, heads south to Columbus Circle, east on Central Park South, down 6th Ave to 34th St, then ends at Heralds Square.
- Watch the live television broadcast on NBC channels.
- If you’d like to see the giant balloons getting inflated the day before Thanksgiving (from 3pm to 10pm), you can find it by entering the special balloon inflation areas surrounding the Museum of Natural History beginning at 79th Street and Columbus Avenue.