It’s almost time for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! I couldn’t be more excited, this is my family’s favorite Thanksgiving morning tradition- watching the parade. Memories of Parade mornings on Thanksgiving are so special, they really stick with us through our lives. I want to know what everyone’s favorite part of the Macy’s Parade is! The floats? Performances? Balloons? What are your favorite Thanksgiving morning traditions?
Of course, the parade will be televised on NBC and Peacock from 9am-noon, but if you’re in the city, I’m here to help with all of your Thanksgiving day plans! The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade is the main event of the morning and it’s the annual event that kicks off the start of the holiday season.
Let’s get to planning!
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade route is officially mapped out, so take a look at it to plan out your spot! Public viewing areas on the streets of New York City are marked on the site, so finding a good spot to head to for a prime location at the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be easier. With miles of public viewing, you have the opportunity to find what works best for you.
My kids are super excited about the balloon lineup this year! Giant character balloons like the Minions, Snoopy, Diary of a Whimpy Kid, giant candy canes and pumpkins and so many more fun characters are being featured this year in the parade! Are there any new balloons or classics you look forward to seeing every year? I know I love the cartoon balloons like The Peanuts! They are so nostalgic.
As far as performances go, what we know so far is that The Big Apple Circus will be performing, who my kids love! There’s nothing like the circus when you’re a kid, am I right? Ballet Hispanico will be dancing that morning and Siella could not be more excited! She’s my little ballerina and we absolutely love seeing diverse representation in the parade! We also love how there is a variety of performances. There’s performance groups like marching bands, dancers, singers, Broadway performances, performances by The Radio City Rockettes, Big Time Rush, the list goes on and on. It’s very nice to see that there are a number of different ways to express yourself in the form of art.
The floats are one of the best parts of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! The floats are always decked out so well and look like so much fun! The new floats are always exciting to see at the Macy’s Parade. Some really cute children’s cartoon themed floats will be featured this year, like Blue’s Clues, as well as some Christmas themed ones! Who else puts their Christmas decor up the day after Thanksgiving? There’s also going to be a cool LEGO float that Ryder is excited to see. It’s a Thanksgiving turkey made out of LEGOs! How cool! Another float that looks exciting to see is an ice rink that’s not actually made out of ice, but the surface allows for skating!
During the Parade
If you’re looking for something fun to do during the parade, I’ve got a few suggestions! First and most important is breakfast! If you have time to do some prep work the night before the big day for a breakfast your family or friends will love, that will make your morning easier. You can cook together while you watch the parade! Another great idea if you have kids or you yourself are looking for an activity to do, Macy’s has already created some adorable parade themed coloring pages, sudoku, cross words, word searches, and so many more PDF pages that are all ready to be printed and used! Between these activities and the parade, you will not have time to be bored this holiday!
If you want a great view of the parade, you’ll want to check out the Hilton Midtown! It’s one of the best hotels and perfect for a first time parade goer. They have direct, completely unobsructed views of the parade, which is very hard to come by. And it’s great watching from a hotel window because you get a full overhead view of everything and you don’t have to stand out in the cold! It’s a central location, so you’re near all the midtown fun, like Times Square and there are great restaurants nearby.
It’s hard to find a quiet spot in midtown and I’m telling you, this is one of the quietest hotels. A hotel with floor-to-ceiling windows would be most ideal for parade watchers. Maybe you can even catch balloon inflation! You’ll want to scoop up a room quickly, though, because this hotel is a great place and will get booked fast.
After the Parade
Thanksgiving is a busy day. Whether you’re cooking all day or relaxing and catching up with family, it can get exhausting. If you’re visiting NYC or don’t want to cook for the holiday, there are several restaurants you can have cater your holiday or you can go there to celebrate! You’re gonna wanna grab a reservation quickly because in past years, they have flown!
Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!
This post was originally published November 8th, 2021 and has been updated*
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30 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Day Parade Plans”
It’s not Thanksgiving without the Macy’s Parade! So happy it will be back this year.
Me too! I love it!
Every year it is like this, as soon as Halloween passes you immediately think of Thanksgiving!
I loved this, the whole plan sounds perfect. Thanks for sharing!
So glad you like it!
Loved the post and pinned it also!
So happy to hear!
Oh wow this looks like so much fun! I would love to be able to experience this one day.
I hope you get to, it really is so fun!
Wow! Macy’s parade sounds really a great event to witness, and I can see how happy your kids are.
They love it!
Such an amazing experience for you and your family to enjoy. Let’s hope for great weather!
This looks so fun. Looks like your family had great fun too. It’s one of the reasons I love Thanksgiving!
Such great family time!
I loved the parade and performances. preparing breakfast for the parade sounds fun too!
It’s so fun!
What a fab plan, looks like you and your family enjoyed the thanks giving parade for sure x
We love it!
It’s the floats for me. I’d love to see it in person, but I think it would be cold
It can be cold sometimes
Oohhh…thank you. I hope to watch the balloons get loose, flying away. It’s been a much better year than 2020!
We love the balloons!
You guys are so lucky to have witnessed this wonderful parade. It’s been far too long that I’ve visited New York.
I hope you get to visit soon!
Looks very interesting and fun thing to do with kids. I have been to NY many times but never during Thanksgiving!
It’s so much fun! Great memories!
Thanks for sharing.