Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2024

Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is an annual event held on Thanksgiving Day in New York, on the fourth Thursday in November. In 2024 the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade takes place on Thursday November 28th. The parade attracts a lot of visitors each year or people are watching the parade on television. The four-kilometre parade showcases floats, marching bands, cheerleaders and of course the famous giant balloons of characters such as Spiderman, Mickey Mouse and Hello Kitty. If you are in New York in late November, then you simply cannot miss the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

On Thanksgiving Day at around 08:30 the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade starts on the west side of Central Park at 77th Street. The parade continues down 6th Avenue towards Herald Square on 34th Street, where the Macy’s department store is located.

As early as 06:00 people line up alongside the Macy’s parade route to make sure they have great viewing spots. So, if you want a place alongside the route too, then you better get there as early as possible. Sometimes parts of the streets are closed off to avoid large crowds of people. If you can’t get a spot alongside the route, try walking a block further. The balloons are so big that you’ll have no problem seeing them from a distance.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - Balloons Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - The parade

Where to view the parade?

For the best view of the parade, you should head to Central Park West between 60th and 70th Street. It is busiest around Herald Square. It is not recommended to watch the parade anywhere between 34th and 38th Street as this is where the national television broadcast will take place. Before you head out, make sure to check the special Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade website for the most recent information, the route and times – because these are subject to change.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Restaurant Viewing

If you want to be assured of a good place to watch the parade, you can book a spot. This way you can watch the parade from a warm place, or you can watch it from an outdoor private viewing area. You are also provided with a toilet, food and drinks.

See this year’s options below:

  • Option 1: Celebrate Thanksgiving at Gotham Hall. In this beautiful location, you can watch the parade in a private outdoor viewing area. In between, head indoors to enjoy a variety of brunch items, an open bar and live entertainment. This option is also fun for the kids, thanks to a magician, face painting and balloon artists.
    Book your Thanksgiving Day Parade Viewing Brunch at Gotham Hall here

Balloon Inflation

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade itself is not the only spectacle: on the eve of the parade, go to see the giant balloons being inflated. This happens in specially designated areas near the American Museum of Natural History in the Upper West Side. You’ll need to have a lot of patience to get close to this area. Fences are put up to create rows so that everything moves as smoothly as possible. The inflation of the balloons always attracts a lot of people, so be prepared for busy roads and long queues. The queue starts normally at 72nd Street and Columbus Avenue. The area is open to the public from 12:00 until 18:00.

Eric’s Tip: “If you haven’t been able to see the balloons up close the day before the Thanksgiving parade or on the day itself, you still have a chance; after the parade, the balloons are deflated around 34th Street and 6th Avenue.”

Where is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade starts at the west side of Central Park at 77th Street and heads towards Macy’s department store, located on 34th Street. Read more here.

What time does Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade begin?

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade starts at 8:30. Read more about it here.

How do you get a good spot at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?

To get a good spot at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade get there early, or book an indoor viewing area. Read more here.

How long does the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade last?

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade lasts for three hours. Read more about it here.

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