Thanksgiving day is a glorious and joyous time of year I look forward to. If you’ve never witnessed a Thanksgiving parade in person, or haven’t done so in a while, you won’t want to miss out on those set to kick off the holiday season in 2017.
If you’re staying in NYC during this food-heavy holiday, chances are your folks are in town and they’re looking for awesome things to do on Thanksgiving weekend. This is the perfect time to take them to festive sights like iconic ice-skating rinks or yuletide holiday markets at NYC parks while the city’s delightfully deserted. On the other hand, if you’re here and want to avoid Christmas in New York entirely, we’ve got your agenda for a cultured couple of days away from all the turkeys. Check out our list of the best Thanksgiving events below.
1. Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Balloon Inflation
This pre–Turkey Day ritual, held near the American Museum of Natural History, has become almost as crowded as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but we prefer it to the main event. Why? We like to weave through the crowds, walking past the inflation stations to see SongeBob SquarePants at our own pace. Inflation takes place from 3 to 10pm. Arrive later in the evening, when the gigantic characters have taken shape; the crowds are at their peak, so you can also show off the famed New York sidewalk shuffle. Enter at W 79th St at Columbus Ave.
2. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
For the 91st year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will usher in the holiday season with familiar sights like giant balloons, high-kicking Rockettes and Santa’s sleigh, plus celebrity appearances. Begins at W 77th St and Central Park West.