Thanksgiving is a holiday that is celebrated in the United States, Canada, Liberia, and some of the Caribbean Islands! The first feast lasted three days and was celebrated 90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims. Today, many spend this holiday with family and close friends. The exciting part about celebrating in New York City is that there is so much to see and do. Read on for more information about Thanksgiving in New York!
Best ways to watch the parade
The parade is one of the most iconic events in New York City, so expect crowds. Although, if you seek out your spot early enough, you should be fine with securing a spot to watch. The parade begins at 77th st. in the Upper West Side at 9 am on Thursday, November 23 so we suggest getting a spot in between 60th and 70th on Central Park West before 6 am. Anywhere above Herald Square, you will find lighter crowds. The traffic down there will be heavier because of the live performances that happen in front of the Macy’s in Herald Square! Unfortunately, Grand Stand tickets are not for sale to the general public. The route is 2.5 miles though so your chances of finding a spot to watch are high!
What attractions are open on Thanksgiving in New York
Empire State Building
Top of the Rock and most of Rockefeller Center
Statue of Liberty
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tours
Times Square – Hershey’s Store, M&M Store, Hard Rock Cafe, and many other retail stores.
9-11 Memorial/9-11 Memorial Museum
One World Observatory
Where to eat Thanksgiving dinner
Seabird, West Village
Irvington, Union Square
Narcissa, East Village
Katz’s, Lower East Side
Ms. Lilly’s, 7A Alphabet City
Frankies, 457 Brooklyn
Many New Yorkers are here in NY as a transplant from another state! Some of them who do not travel home for the holidays stay and celebrate Thanksgiving in New York with their close friends and have called it “Friendsgiving”. Social media is bustling with photos of delicious food, seasonal scenery, and friend filled photos! It truly is something to be thankful for!
Don’t Miss Out!
For more about Thanksgiving in New York and the parade, click here for our Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Guide.