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2014 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Nothing defines Thanksgiving like the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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On Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 9 a.m. the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will begin. The parade travels down Central Park West from 77th Street to Columbus Circle along Central Park South to 6th Avenue, down 6th Avenue to 34th Street and along 34th Street to Macy's Herald Square (34th Street). (Map of Parade Route)

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Map & Public Viewing Areas

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Route Map
Used with Permission © Macy's, Inc
Awaiting 2014 confirmation. beginning at 77th Street & Central Park West and ending at Macy's Herald Square.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Public Viewing Areas
  • Central Park West: West side of street from 70th Street to Columbus Circle & east side of street from 70th to 65th
  • Columbus Circle: West side of street
  • 6th Avenue: between 58th & 34th Streets
  • 34th Street: south side of street between Broadway & 7th Avenue
Map: Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Route Map

Tips For Attending the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thanksgiving Day Parade Watchers
Photo by Dan Cross, licensed to About.com
In order to get a good viewing spot, many people arrive before 6:30 a.m. the morning of the parade to stake out space along the parade route. Be sure to wear plenty of warm clothes and bring a thermos full of coffee or hot cocoa, as it can be quite cold. The duration of the parade depends on where you view it from -- near the beginning of the route, it will last about 1 1/2 hours, closer to Macy's, the parade will last closer to 3 hours. You can also book a hotel room with a view of the Thanksgiving Day Parade. For the more meek, the parade will be aired on NBC from 9 a.m. until noon.

More: Tips for Attending the Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Balloon Inflation

Spider-Man at Macy's Big Balloon Inflation
Macy's, Inc.
If you'd like to get a chance to see the balloons as they get blown up, on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 you can watch the inflation of the 25 parade balloons from 3 - 10 p.m. near the American Museum of Natural History just off Central Park West between 77th St. and 81st St.

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