In 2013, the 87th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will be held on Thursday, November 28th from 9am to noon. The parade is FREE, so find a spot along the parade route early! In order to get a good viewing spot we suggest you arrive before 8:00am to stake your place along the route. If you are really serious about being in the front row, consider arriving before 7:00am. The average morning temperature at this time of year here in New York is about 40 degrees (5 degrees Celsius) and it goes without saying that you should be sure to wear warm clothes, ideally in layers that you can remove as the day warms up. It is a good idea to bring a thermos full of something warm.
Detailed Parade Route
The parade will begin at 77th Street and Central Park West, marching south on Central Park West, then turning east onto Central Park South. At 7th Avenue, the parade will turn south and march down to and across 42nd Street to 6th Avenue, then south on 6th Avenue and west on 34th Street to Herald's Square, ending at Macy's.
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 streets
- West side of street
Admission And Tickets
Free -- but please note:
Macy's has reserved seating only from 34th to 38th Street on Broadway and on 34th Street from Broadway to 7th Avenue, so avoid those spots. Unless your family member works for Macys, there is no way to get one of these reserved seats! They do not sell tickets.
Telephone: (212) 494-4495
Address: Begins 77th St. and Central Park West
Ends at Macys, Herald Square, 34th St. and 6th Ave
- to 59th Street Columbus Circle
Hours And Additional Info
9:00am to noon
The evening before the parade, the floats are blown up right outside the Museum of Natural History on 77th Street between Amsterdam and Central Park West. The action begins around 5pm and lasts until finished, usually around Midnight.
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