The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of the most treasured holiday media celebrations in the United States. It is most notable for its large floats and endless stream of marching bands. The festive environment around the holidays is already an appealing prospect in NYC, and the New York City Thanksgiving Parade officially kicks the holiday season into full gear. The floats reflect current trends from pop culture during this three-hour event that begins at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade History and Facts
Thanksgiving Day Parade Image: smartdonnie25 (flickr)
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2016 will continue a tradition that started in 1924, making it the second longest-standing Thanksgiving Day parade in the country, behind the one staged in Detroit, Michigan. The first permutations of the floats showed up in 1927 and replaced the live animals and other spectacles that were used before. Over the years, this craft has developed into an amazing art. Past floats have included pop icons like Bugs Bunny, Yogi Bear, Garfield, Curious George, and Shrek. Thousands of people watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade from the streets of New York City and millions more witness the festivities from the comfort of their own homes while dinner is cooking away in the kitchen. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2016 is sure to be bigger and better than ever. Live entertainment by top recording artists complement the exciting schedule of events during the parade.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Route
Macy's Parade Route Map
There are no tickets for sale to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. People will have to find their own position from which to view the parade along the streets or in portions of Central Park. The parade route starts at 77th Street and Central Park West. It turns to the east onto Central Park South and continues to 7th Avenue, where the parade maneuvers to the south at the corner of 42nd Street and Central Park South. The parade ultimately ends at 7th Street and 34th Avenue, but not before three hours chocked full of marching bands, massive floats, and premiere entertainment.
Directions to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
If you are planning to attend the parade, it is advisable to show up as early as possible to make you can find a spot to watch the procession. The parade begins in the right in the middle of Manhattan. Residents of the city can use the train system or cabs and are advised not to try to drive, as parking will be limited at best, and many roads are cordoned off. There is limited viewing room on the east side of the park. People will be able to watch in areas between 59th Street and 75th Street. There are also private grandstands situated in and around this area.
Lodging near Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Thanksgiving Parade Route Hotel
You should have little difficulty finding accommodations that suit your tastes in a city of this size, but the same may not be said for finding ready availability around the holidays. Anytime you are traveling to New York City during the holiday season, it is advisable to book hotel rooms as far in advance as possible. New York City is home to many hundreds of guest accommodations, from luxury hotels to budget accommodations. Manhattan hotels and Central Park hotels make excellent bases for this event and keep you in close proximity to the best NYC shopping, dining, and more! Specific hotels that stand out as excellent places to view the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade include the Refinery Hotel, the New York Hilton Midtown, the Warwick New York Hotel, the Trump International Hotel and Tower, the Quinn, the Ritz-Carlton Central Park, the JW Marriott Essex House, and the Mandarin Oriental New York.
Top Image: Macy's, Inc.