Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
New York City, NY . November 25-28, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Every year growing up, maybe you watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with your family. It has special meaning, but you’ve never tried to attend the parade in person because of the logistical challenges involved. Of course, once you’ve got a family of your own, all that changed. You need to experience the parade with them.

A New York City tradition since 1924, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is on a lot of bucket lists. So in recent years our clients have joined the 3.5 million people flocking to the streets of Manhattan to see the more than 1,200 dancers and cheerleaders, 11 marching bands, 30 parade floats and 16 giant character balloons. Now we want to help your family experience this magical morning.

Where is the best place to watch the parade?

On television, the broadcasters and the performances all take place at the end of the parade at Macy’s Herald Square. But in person, spectators are lined up and down the 2.5 miles of official parade route. Parade organizers do not sell bleacher tickets; those are distributed internally. So most attendees get bundled up and arrive to claim a standing spot before 6 a.m. But this is not the best way to see the parade. The parade lasts from approximately 9 a.m. to noon. And the weather is unpredictable and usually cold. An ideal parade solution includes an indoor and outdoor option, which is why we offer our viewing brunch. Sit at your table inside, enjoy breakfast and lunch items, and watch the parade out the window. And when you want to see it up close or take pictures, walk out to our outdoor viewing area whenever you want.

Where is the best place to stay?

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 money is no object, there are a limited number of rooms in hotels with direct views of the parade. For our guests, we recommend two options. We have several four-star hotels within walking distance of the parade route and the brunch. And for those desiring convenience, we also offer a five-star hotel and a viewing brunch at the same venue.

Do you have any restaurant recommendations?

There are so many great options in every neighborhood of the city, from pizza to steak to everything in between. Just take a look at some reviews of places near wherever you find yourself. When we are in the city, we go out of our way for a couple places. I always stop at Los Tacos No. 1, which has several locations. And the same goes for the cookies at Levain Bakery. Now you have to bring some home for your friends.

What else should we do in New York City?

Everyone should see Times Square once, but after that, you need to venture out and see the best of the city’s many neighborhoods. Make sure to catch a Broadway show, or two, and we include show tickets and museum tickets in our packages. Ground Zero and the 9/11 museum/memorial should also be at the top of your itinerary. During the holidays, Bryant Park is a great stop for shopping and ice skating. Take a stroll through Central Park, where you will also find a zoo and playgrounds for your kids. Pick a clear day and go up the Empire State Building or the Top of the Rock for great views of the area. Have a drink at Battery Park pier and look out over the Statue of Liberty and the Hudson River.