Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade tips

What are you most likely to do for a parade in your city? Line up at the break of dawn, brave the cold and crowds, and cheer with like-minded revelers for hours? Or…wake up a little later than your work day, relish a strong cup of coffee, chillax, and watch the parade from the comfort of your couch? I’ll take Number 2, please! I have done No 1 plenty of times when I was younger/a student, and it has its own charm. If you’ve never done that, you have to try it. However, there is an alternative, especially, when it comes to the famed Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It will be my first time in New York during Thanksgiving, and I am really excited. Read on, so I can share my tip on how to be at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade…without actually being there.

Being new to NYC, I just learned about this pre-parade fun that you can participate in. If you go to the American Museum of Natural History on the Upper West (79th and Central Park West) the day before, the Macy’s Parade balloons are actually inflated on the streets around it. So cute little (actually, big) Olaf, Bart Simpson, or Minnie Mouse and company are prepped the day before at this location, and the public can view this!!

The feature image of this post (courtesy of shows the Macy’s Parade route. It also includes a caption detailing the inflation viewing times. I read somewhere else that the viewing times changed this year (from 1 – 8 pm as opposed to 3 – 10 pm previously).

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade tips summary

  • Head to the Upper West to the area around the American Museum of Natural History
  • Note: Balloons will be inflated there between 1-8 pm today (Nov 22, 2017)
  • Look at the feature image of this post to view the Macy’s Parade route
  • Skip going to the actual parade and enjoy it at home with eggnog or something stronger!

Have you visited the balloon inflation before? Or have you been part of the crowd enjoying the parade live? Drop me a line and share your experiences!


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