Map via Google Maps/Macy’s
It’s almost time for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and with 2.5 miles of public viewing areas along the route this year, anyone eager to claim a good spot should be able to with a little planning. This interactive map put together by the parade organizers outlines the stretches that have the best views as well as all the areas that will be restricted to the public. The map also notes where you can find essentials like restrooms, coffee, and food.
The parade kicks off at West 77th Street and Central Park West at 9 a.m. but there won’t be any public access here. Instead, the stretch of Central Park West from West 75th Street to West 59th Street offers great views—though you should plan to arrive around 6 a.m. in order to snag a spot here. If you’re not an early bird, another good option is along 6th Avenue anywhere from West 59th to West 38th Streets.
On the day before Thanksgiving, you can take advantage of a fun NYC tradition and watch the parade balloons get inflated around the Museum of Natural History. Check out more details about how to attend here.
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