Great Spots to Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Great Spots to Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

You don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn for a prime viewing spot of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Here are a few places to catch the action.

The parade kicks off at 77th Street and Central Park West and travels south down Central Park West, where it turns at Columbus Circle towards Central Park South—a great place to get a bird’s-eye-view of the festivities from the Time Warner Center. The glass-skyscraper opens at 9 a.m. on November 27 and affords spectacular views of the parade, as well as the southwestern corner of Central Park. Several restaurants within The Shops At Columbus Circle’s collection will be open for Thanksgiving dinner and you can catch the festive attraction “Holiday Under the Stars”—which features 12 14-foot stars that hang from the ceiling of the 150-foot Great Room—in the complex nightly, starting at 5 p.m., thru Jan. 3, 2015.

After Columbus Circle, the parade veers south onto Sixth Avenue, with awe-inspiring views from 59th to 38th streets. In that stretch, snag a post near Bryant Park, where the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park will be open on Thanksgiving. Enter the park along the various 42nd Street entrances, as those along Sixth Avenue and 40th Streets will be closed during the parade. Stay for a bite to eat at Celsius at Bryant Park, which opens at noon.

Traveling down Sixth Avenue, the parade turns and makes its final stop at Macy’s Herald Square. If you opt for a spot in this area to catch the last leg of the holiday cheer, make sure to arrive early. Or, you can watch the parade from Stella 34 Trattoria, located in the famed department store, which will have its TVs tuned in to the parade. Macy’s will officially open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving.   

Image from 2012 Parade. 

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