Chances are you have been one of the 50 million who have tuned-in to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV. Perhaps it has been a family tradition Thanksgiving morning. If you have landed on this page you are probably ready for the next step – to see the parade live and in person!
You have researched the logistical challenges of joining the 3.5 million people that line the streets of Manhattan to catch a glimpse of the marching bands, celebrities, floats and giant balloons. You are not jazzed by the idea of having to find your parade spot by 6am on a chilly New York morning for an event that will not start until 9am. You have found that all the hotels along the parade route have been booked far in advance. There must be packages available where you can experience the Thanksgiving parade without the DIY hassles, right? Yes, that is where we come in!
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The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is open to the general public at no cost along most of the parade route. The few exceptions are Columbus Circle, and the official telecast area on 6th Avenue between 34th Street and 38th Street at Macy’s Herald Square. There are no designated seating areas. The bleachers and seats seen on TV are designated for Macy’s employees. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade tickets are not open to the general public.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Route starts in Uptown Manhattan at West 77th Street and Central Park West at 9am. It travels south on Central Park West toward Columbus Circle and then turn east down to 6th Ave where it will march south to Macy’s department store at Herald Square in Midtown Manhattan where it ends around noon. The parade route has been slightly modified in the past and may be in the future– be sure to verify the current route if you are planning DIY viewing.
The Thanksgiving holiday is a very busy travel period in New York. Hotels along the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade route are typically booked far in advance by travelers from all over the world. Many hotels in New York City require a minimum stay during Thanksgiving. Availability and rates are at a premium in midtown Manhattan near Central Park and the parade route. If you are planning a DIY trip you may find a better selection of rooms the further out from the parade route you look.
Design and productions of the larger-than-life balloons, floats and costumes for the 3 hour, 2.5 mile Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a year long task. The Macy’s Parade Studio is headquartered in a 72,000 sqft warehouse in Moonachie, NJ where all the designers, painters, carpenters, animators and other skilled craftsmen spend over 50,000 man hours to make the magic happen each year.
Since 1924, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been held each year with only a few exceptions. During World War II in 1942, 1943 and 1944 the parade was cancelled due to helium shortages. How can you host a Thanksgiving Day Parade without balloons? During the Covid-19 pandemic the 2020 parade was televised only. The parade route was limited to the Herald Square area of Midtown Manhattan for the television cameras and closed to the general public. The 2021 parade however is currently full steam ahead. New York City is expected to fully emerge from the pandemic-era by July with a return to normal before the Thanksgiving holiday season.
Ticket and Travel package pricing is always subject to change until booking. Empire Tickets is not in any way sponsored by, affiliated with, nor a partner of The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Macy’s, or the City of New York and the use of the word “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” is for descriptive and informational purposes only.