Where to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Parade-goers need to arrive early to find a good place to watch the parade. Credit: Getty Images
Parade-goers need to arrive early to find a good place to watch the parade. Credit: Getty Images

More than 3.5 million spectators are expected to take over city streets this Thursday for the 87th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Though the celebration doesn’t kick off until 9 a.m., parade-goers are known to start staking out spots at 6 a.m. along the more than two-mile route.

Here is a breakdown of the parade route:

It starts at 77th Street and Central Park West.
It will travel down to Columbus Circle and turn onto Central Park South.
It will then turn onto Sixth Avenue and march all the way down to 34th Street.
It makes its final turn west on 34th Street and ends at Seventh Avenue in front of Macy’s Herald Square.

So where can you catch the best glimpse of the colorful balloons?

If you’re willing to get there early, the area along Central Park West where the route begins offers great views. This is where the earliest campers go.

According to Macy’s, the area around Columbus Circle and Central Park South or somewhere along Sixth Avenue between 38th and 59th streets also have great views.

The area between 34th and 38th streets is closed to the general public due to the national television broadcast, so parade-goers are strongly encouraged to avoid those streets.

For those who want to avoid the parade crowd but still see want to try to see SpongeBob and Snoopy, the annual balloon inflation will take place between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. Wednesday along Central Park West Between 77th and 81st streets.

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