NYC Shines During the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
November 24th, 9am
Everyone has their own memories of this world-famous New York City holiday tradition, families gathered around the TV to watch their favorite balloons bob in the wintry sky. Few are lucky enough to have seen it in person, but if you'll be in NYC this year, don't miss your chance to cheer along the 90th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, only a 20-minute subway ride from our SoHo hotel.
Where to Holler "Happy Thanksgiving!"
All along the route, clowns, passersby, families watching out their apartment windows, and nearly every one of the three million people at the parade is just as likely to wish you a warm happy holiday as they are to scream to all of NYC, "Happy Thanksgiving!" Give it a try yourself from one of our favorite viewing areas along the 2.5-mile route - just be sure to claim your spot by 6am for the best view, wherever you might choose.
- Columbus Circle - Easily one of the most popular, this vantage point boasts a ton of open space where the parade takes its first turn.
- 68-75th Streets & Central Park West - A great strategy is to watch near the start of the route, that way it's over earlier and you can beat the crowds back downtown.
- 6th Avenue & Central Park South - This is another turn, offering a unique perspective as the parade heads south toward Herald Square.
The Once-Secret Balloon Inflation
For a sneak peek at this year's new Charlie Brown and Trolls balloons (as well as classics like SpongeBob Squarepants, Pikachu, Elf on the Shelf, and Hello Kitty), head to 79th Street & Columbus Avenue, 3-10pm on November 23rd. What used to be a secret inflation test the night before the parade has become nearly as popular as the main event, though, so come prepared for a crowd.