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Monday, November 6, 2017

Why Not Spend This Thanksgiving Day in New York City

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Thanksgiving is a very “stay at home” holiday for most Americans; it’s the one time of year everyone is expected to dutifully fly home, eat turkey, play board games and reignite old family feuds. With that in mind, if you want to find somewhere “happening” on Thanksgiving, it has to be New York City.

Thanksgiving kicks off in the Big Apple at 9am with a huge holiday tradition, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Make the most of the free entertainment and take to the pavements to watch this all-American procession of floats, giant balloons and cheerleaders, which dates all the way back to 1924. Originally, the store employees dressed up and paraded through the streets with pets loan from the Central Park Zoo.

From the 1930s, it began to appear in balloons effigies of cartoon characters and gradually became more animals in the parade. The first ball created for the occasion was that the image Felix the Cat, in 1927. Mickey Mouse joined him when the parade in 1934.

Among the balloons, there are essentially characters from comics or cartoons (Mickey, Bart Simpson, Dora the Explorer) but also to the world of video games (Sonic) as well as advertising mascots (Ronald McDonald, Pillsbury Doughboy).

2016 Parade Route

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade begins at 9 am on Thanksgiving and lasts about three hours. It begins at 77th Street & Central Park West at 9am. The Parade will march south on Central Park West. At Columbus Circle, the Parade will then turn EAST onto Central Park South instead of heading
down Broadway. When the Parade reaches 6th Avenue, it turns south to 34th Street. At 34th Street it heads west to Macy's Herald Square and ends at 34th Street and Seventh Avenue at around noon. Admission is free.

You want to attend the parade in the front row without having to wait for hours for hours to book your place? So book the Brunch Thanksgiving Day Parade. The brunch takes place in an ideal location, situated along the road on 6th Avenue. You can either stay inside or go to outdoor areas. Enjoy an American brunch buffet, cocktails and of course the parade that passes in front of you.

Food is the primary focus of Thanksgiving, so good thing you’re in a city with arguably the richest food culture in the States. Plenty of restaurants do fixed Thanksgiving menus if you want a taste of tradition, though they’ll be pricey.

Most Broadway theaters and museums are closed on Thanksgiving, the streets of New York are calmer and less stressed people.

If you would like a particular activity on Thanksgiving, I advise you to participate in a dinner cruise on Thanksgiving. Enjoy a view of the skyline of Manhattan with while enjoying an excellent meal. This is a moment of perfect relaxation. The cruise lasts until 10:00 PM, so if you are a shopaholic, you will be in time to experience the Black Friday madness.

Macy’s opens at 3am on Black Friday morning and there will already be lines.

Fly out on the Wednesday night and back on the Sunday and you’ll have plenty of time to see the city’s best sights after Thanksgiving.

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