Don’t miss the 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! It begins at 9am on Thanksgiving Day, which is Thursday, November 24, 2016.
The fact that it is completely free to watch in the streets, makes it always very crowded. For this reason, we show you here the best tips to fully enjoy the parade and make it a unique experience!
Check out the route map in advance!
The 2016 Parade begins at 77th Street and Central Park West at 9am and marches south on Central Park West. At Columbus Circle, the Parade then turns East onto Central Park South instead of heading down Broadway. When the Parade reaches 6th Avenue, it turns south at the corner of Central Park South and marches south from 59th Street to 34th Street. From 6th (Avenue of the Americas), it heads west on 34th Street to Macy’s Herald Square and ends there at around 12pm.
Get up early, pack some snacks and be prepare for the cold weather!
The Parade begins at 9am but approximately 3.5 million parade-goers take to the streets wanting the perfect view. Plan to arrive to claim your spot along the parade route by 6am and don’t plan moving from that spot. Pack a bag with snacks, a thermos of hot chocolate, and games or books to keep your kids entertained while waiting for the parade to begin. And remember that NYC wind can have quite the bite, so dress warmly in layers.
There are not any designated seating areas, handicapped areas, or seats sold. The bleachers and seats you may have seen on the telecasts of the Parade are designated for Macy’s employees and are never sold or open to the general public.-
What are the Best Spots to watch the Parade?
Central Park West: Viewing starts at 75th Street (two blocks down from the official start of the parade) and is only open to the public on the west side. Central Park is closed for invite-only grandstand seating. The parade runs along this stretch from 9 to 10:30am, so early birds who don’t mind turning up at 6am to snag a prime spot should flock here.
Columbus Circle: The Shops at Columbus Circle open at 9am on Thanksgiving Day. From the second and third floors of the mall, you’ll enjoy an elevated view of the parade streaming down Central Park West. As an added bonus you’ll also get to see the Holiday Under the Stars light display. Twofer!
Sixth Avenue: The floats and balloons reach Sixth Avenue at about 9:30am, so arrive at this 21-block portion as late as 7am and you should still find a good spot. You can get a great view anywhere from 59th to 38th Sts.
Book a table for lunch to a restaurant nearby.
You have to consider, that once the parade is over (12pm= lunchtime!), all the subway stations nearby will be completely full of people! But here is our tip: Make sure you book a table in your favorite restaurant nearby so you can enjoy lunch once the parade is over!
Hope you enjoy this wonderful experience!!!