Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
New York City, NY . November 27-30, 2024
Kyle Shuman

It was so well planned out and executed by Ben and his staff. The hardest part in any business is matching ‘dollar cost’ to the value in experience and this team did this perfectly. It was absolutely worth it.

Kyle Shuman
Kyle Shuman

It was so well planned out and executed by Ben and his staff. The hardest part in any business is matching ‘dollar cost’ to the value in experience and this team did this perfectly. It was absolutely worth it.

Kyle Shuman

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
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It’s time to check another trip off that bucket list of yours. Imagine three nights in New York City to experience the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, one of the biggest holiday traditions, up close and personal as a VIP.  Throw in a Broadway show, tickets to see the world famous Radio City Rockettes, and time to explore this magical city, and you end up with an experience your family will be talking about for years.

Day One

Welcome to New York City

With three convenient airports serving New York City, you may fly into JFK, LGA (LaGuardia) or EWR (Newark). After a short drive you’ll be in the city in no time. We recommend arriving before 1:00pm in order to join us for our first evening. Upon arrival, you will get the chance to settle in and explore the surrounding area. Make plans to meet our team and learn about the itinerary and logistics for the following days. This evening is also the perfect time to take in the Balloon Inflation Celebration. Every Thanksgiving eve, people gather to watch their favorite balloons come to life. Our on-site staff will guide you over to the celebration where you will have the entire afternoon to wander the streets and get a rare glimpse of what you’ll see marching down the parade route toward you the following morning. This is not to be missed. Later, join us back at your hotel for welcome drinks! The remainder of the evening is spent at your leisure. Maybe you want to grab dinner on the Upper East Side, stroll through Times Square, or catch a late show. Enjoy your night in NYC and we will see you early tomorrow morning.

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Day Two

Happy Thanksgiving – It’s Parade Time!

Wake to the sounds of the city on one of the most anticipated days of the year. It’s parade day! On your first morning in the city, we will gather in the lobby of your hotel at 7:00am to walk to the VIP Parade Brunch and viewing space. We recommend dressing appropriately for the weather conditions and wearing comfortable shoes. Upon our arrival, you will have a guaranteed seat indoors with a dedicated area outdoors to view the parade. A gourmet breakfast, brunch, and lunch will be continually served and your choice of beverages will be offered throughout the morning. Enjoy the next several hours creating memories with your family. You are finally seeing this parade, which you have been watching on TV for years, march right in front of you. The smiles are almost guaranteed. At 11:30am the parade and brunch come to an end. We recommend exploring Central Park or nearby areas as you wish. Maybe take a nap and rest up because we will meet back in the lobby of your hotel to walk over to Radio City Music Hall. We have arranged for our guests to attend the Christmas Spectacular starring the world famous Radio City Rockettes. You will enjoy orchestra seats and leave full of holiday spirit. Your evening can be spent on your own. It’s been a long day, so maybe you want to get an early night sleep at your luxurious hotel or maybe it’s time for a slice of NYC pizza. Whatever you decide, remember it’s the city that never sleeps, so your options are endless.

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Schedule

Day Three

Experience NYC and a Broadway Show

Wake up smiling after you realized that yesterday you checked an item or two off your bucket list and knowing that today, you get to experience one of the greatest cities in the world.  There is no rush today because you get to experience NYC at your leisure. Soak in the views from the top of the Rock or Empire State Building. Visit one of the amazing museums in town. Take a stroll through Central Park or wander through one of the unique neighborhoods of Manhattan like SoHo, Chinatown, Chelsea, or the West Village. Take a boat cruise around the island or enjoy one of the many bus tours giving you a wonderful overview of the city. Discover the history of the financial district while you visit the seaport and enjoy the views of Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty. Stop by the emotional site of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Whatever you decide to do on your free day in the city, you can’t go wrong. It is truly one of those places where you can discover something new around every corner. After your day exploring, get ready to experience the one and only Broadway! Tonight you’ll attend the show of your choice. Whether it’s the newest show on Broadway, a timeless classic, or the biggest hit, you’ll enjoy the magic of Broadway. We recommend an early dinner around 5:00 pm. Many restaurants in the theater district offer a pre-show menu that is designed to get you to the show in time. This day is what you make it, so enjoy every minute of being in this city. We are certain that you will.

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Schedule

Day Four


You may depart at any time this day. Check out is at 11:00 am. For those departing later in the day, the hotels will gladly hold your luggage at the front desk. If you would like to extend your stay, we would be more than happy to arrange those nights for you whether it’s at the beginning or end of your package trip. We hope you will join us somewhere else around the world and continue checking those items off of your bucket list!

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photo by Lukas Kloeppel


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Dreams really do come true! Bucket List Events made our Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and NYC experience perfect. Ben was always knowledgeable and helpful and best of all always had a smile on his face. Can’t thank them enough for a wonderful and memorable time. Looking forward to traveling with them again.

Lori Soard, 2022 Macy’s Client

It was so well planned out and executed by Ben and his staff. The hardest part in any business/experience is matching the value in ‘dollar cost’ to the value in experience and this team did this perfectly. It was absolutely worth the price tag, and I’d recommend them to anyone, every time.

Kyle Shuman, 2022 Macy’s Client

We used Bucket List Events for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and weekend and it was excellent all around. They accommodated every request and every detail was perfect. There is no better way to enjoy New York City for Thanksgiving Day Weekend!

Karen Deschaine, 2022 Macy’s Client

They set up things I couldn't have even dreamed of doing, or planned myself. The team was extremely friendly and helpful, you can tell they LOVE what they do. Thanksgiving 2021 in NYC, check that off the bucket list in the most special way ever! Thank You Bucket List!!

Jamie Allen, 2021 Macy’s Client

We really enjoyed our trip to New York to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! Ben, Brian and Rich did an amazing job to make sure we all of our needs were taken care of. Looking forward to doing it again next year! Thanks, guys!

Joan Williams, 2021 Macy’s Client

My daughters and I enjoyed the trip of a life time to New York City with Bucket List Events. Their attention to details was amazing! The parade experience could not have been better! We loved every minute of our time in the city. They truly made this experience a dream come true! Thank you so much. I recommend them 100%.

Sheila Wolfe, 2021 Macy’s Client