Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Viewing

Time for the 92nd Thanksgiving Day Parade and all the insane fun of watching it live from the streets of Manhattan.  Here are some tips on the best vantage points along the route as it marches around Central Park – and a link to Macy’s official Parade Route Page.

Central Park West — if you’re an early bird
Each year, Central Park West between 59th and 75th streets is filled with excited parade viewers before most people have gotten out of bed. Macy’s says people will start lining up along this section of the parade route at 6 a.m.

Columbus Circle
Head up to the second and third floors of the Shops at Columbus Circle for an elevated — and warmer — view of the parade.

Central Park South at Sixth Avenue
The intersection of Central Park South and Sixth Avenue is another spot with several vantage points. It also offers a great view of the parade as it heads south toward Herald Square.

Sixth Avenue between West 59th and 38th streets
Macy’s suggests parade viewers stay above 38th Street; the closer you get to Herald Square, the less space there will be for the public.

Worst spots for viewing:
77th Street and Central Park West: The start of the parade offers little to no public viewing options.
Sixth Avenue between 34th and 38th streets: The national television broadcast limits space in this area.
34th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues: The national television broadcast limits space in this area.
Herald Square: There is almost no public viewing here, and grandstand tickets are not for sale to the general public.

You can find more parade viewing tips here.

Best Spots For Viewing The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade From Central Park

Macys-thanksgiving-day-parade-route-1Once again this year the  Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will not wend its way down Broadway as it had for so many years past. The parade will now take a sharp left at Columbus Circle and travel along Central Park South before turning right on Sixth Ave. This will provide more opportunities for watching the parade from Central Park along those blocks. After traveling down 6th from 59th Street to 34th Street, the parade will turn right and end at Macy’s in Herald Square. It takes approximately 90 minutes for the parade to walk the 2.5-mile stretch.

While the best places for viewing the parade, if you don’t have friends with an apartment or office overlooking the route, is between 61st and 72nd St. along Central Park West these added blocks might provide an added area near the park that isn’t as congested. Best time to arrive is around 6:30 to secure the best spot.