10 Best Thanksgiving Parades and Festivals around New York City, 2017

From the world famous Macy’s Thanksgiving parade to other festivals, fairs, and turkey trots – and even a decorated boat parade, NYC offers plenty to do over the Thanksgiving period. Make sure you take part in at least one activity – with the emphasis on being active so you can sit down to that Thanksgiving dinner feeling you have earned it.

1. Macy’s Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade

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If you want to be part of all the excitement then you will need to be up early to snag a good spot to watch. The start at 77th St is not open to the public – the grandstand seating in Central Park is by invitation only. Arrive at around 6 to 6:30 am on 75th St on the west side to see the parade pass between 9:30 and 10. If you can squeeze into the shops at Columbus Circle – they open at 9 am, you should get a view from the floors above ground level. Otherwise head down to 6th Ave and anywhere between 38th and 59th Streets for a view of the festivities. See the website for more tips on where to watch. Expect huge balloons, floats, thousands of people in costume, bands, puppets, entertainers and more. It is awesome to be part of it all rather than watching on TV!

When: Friday, November 23th, 2017 starting at 9 am.

Where: Starts at 77th Street & Central Park West at 9 am, moving south on Central Park West. At Columbus Circle it goes east to Central Park South then at 6th Ave turns south to 34th Street then heading west to Macy’s Herald Square ending at 12 midday at 34th and 7th Ave.

Cost: Free

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