It’s Thanksgiving, and families across America will be tuning in to the 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The celebration has been a tradition since the 1920s, and will feature giant balloons, floats, marching bands, and special performances. What is the route for the parade this year? What roads will be closed as a result of the annual celebration? Read on for details.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will begin at 9 am on Thanksgiving Day. The route will start at Central Park West & 77th Street and continue down to 34th street & 7th avenue. For the first time in the 90 years the parade has been around, there will be no vehicular traffic permitted to cross the route. This safety measure was put into effect because of an article in an ISIS propaganda magazine that “called the televised event an ‘excellent target'”, reports NBC New York.
Best Places to Watch
The route includes 2.5 miles of public viewing, but grandstand tickets are not for sale to the general public. TimeOut notes that the stretch between 38th street to Herald Square and the Macy’s department store is closed to the public, as it’s the telecast area. NBC reports the following places are the best to view the parade from:
79th Street between Columbus Ave and Amsterdam Avenues: This is the best place to view the balloon inflation. Pedestrians may view the giant balloons as they’re inflated between 3pm and 10pm on Wednesday, November 23.
77th Street and Central Park West: If you plan to watch from here, make sure to get there as early as possible.
59th St – 75th St: It’s not uncommon to see people bundled up on this stretch beginning as early as 6am. It offers some of the best viewpoints of the floats.
Columbus Circle: The floats make their way through the circle before continuing on to Central Park South. This is the best area to bring younger children for a close-up view.
59th St-38th St and 6th Ave: This area is better for those who don’t want to get to the parade at the crack of dawn.
Macy’s Herald Square: This is one of the more difficult areas to see the parade from, as there’s limited public viewing space.
To accommodate the celebration, many streets will be closed off across Manhattan. ABC7 New York reports that main east-west crossings between 42nd and 57th streets will be blocked off during the parade. Traffic restrictions will start at 9:30 am on Wednesday. The Department of Transportation reports that the following streets will be closed:
Closed at 9:30am Wednesday:
-Between 81st Street and 77th Street from Central Park West to Columbus Avenue
Closed at 1pm Wednesday:
-West 79th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues
Closed at 3pm Wednesday:
-West 76th Street between Columbus and Central Park West Avenues
-West 77th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues
-West 78th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues
-West 80th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues
-West 81st Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues
-Central Park Transverse Road at Central Park West and West 81 St. (Both Directions)
After 10pm Wednesday:
-81st Street and 77th Street from Central Park West to Columbus Avenue
-Central Park West from 59th Street to 86th Street
The NYPD has increased security after an ISIS magazine called the Macy’s Day Parade “an excellent target”. More than 80 sand trucks will be blocking the entirety of the route. The NYPD will also be deploying 3,000 officers throughout NYC. Furthermore, “vapor wake dogs” will sniff out potential explosives.
Additional Road Closures
ABC7 New York reports that the following routes will also be closed at the given times:
-Broadway between West 34th Street and West 40th Street – Midnight to 1 p.m.
-6th Avenue between West 23rd Street and West 42nd Street – 2 a.m. to 1 p.m.
-7th Avenue from West 34th Street and West 42nd Street – 2 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
-34th Street between 6th Avenue and 8th Avenue – 10 p.m. on Wednesday to 5 p.m. Thursday
-59th Street E/B between 7th Avenue and Central Park West – Midnight to 2 p.m.
-59th Street W/B between 5th Avenue and Central Park West – 2 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-35th Street between 5th Avenue and 8th Avenue – 2 a.m. to 4 p.m.
-36th Street between 6th Avenue and 8th Avenue – 2 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-37th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue – 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-38th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue – 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-8th Avenue between 34th Street and 40th Street – 4 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
-Broadway between 38th Street and 59th Street – 4 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
-33rd Street between 7th Avenue and 10th Avenue – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-39th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-40th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-49th Street between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-50th Street between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-Central Park 65th Street/66th Street Transverse Roads 7 a.m. until conclusion
From 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., vehicles will be unable to access:
-6th Avenue between West 33rd and West 59th Street
-8th Avenue between West 57th Street and West 59th Street
-8th Avenue between West 33rd and West 40th Streets
-Broadway between 59th Street and 57th Street
-Broadway between West 34th and West 40th Streets (only escorted deliveries)
-42nd Street between 5th and 8th Avenue
-57th Street between 5th and 8th Avenue