On Wednesday, November 27th:

The pre-parade balloon inflation will take place from 1 PM to 8 PM outside of the Museum of Natural History (between West 77th and West 81st Streets).

The entrance to the viewing area is at West 73rd Street and Columbus Avenue. 

On Thursday, November 28th:

Formation for the parade will begin at 8 AM on West 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. 

The parade begins at 9 AM at West 77th Street and goes south down Central Park West. At Columbus Circle, the parade turns east onto Central Park South (instead of going along Broadway). When the parade reaches 6th Avenue, it turns south and then goes down to 34th Street. It makes its final turn there and stops in front of Macy's Herald Square. The parade usually ends around noon.

You can learn more about the Thanksgiving Day Balloon Inflation and Parade online at macys.com/parade.

Online

Learn more about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and balloon inflation.

By Phone

  • Agency: NYC and Company
  • Division: Macy's Holiday Hotline
  • Phone Number: (212) 494-4495

There will be various street closures on both Wednesday, November 27th and Thursday, November 28th in the areas surrounding the Balloon Inflation and Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Drivers should expect extensive traffic delays due to closures and increased security in Manhattan until at least 5 PM Thursday.

All street closures are subject to change without notice.

The following streets will be closed until 5 PM Thursday, November 28th, unless otherwise noted:

  • 6th Avenue between 33rd Street and 59th Street
  • 7th Avenue between 33rd Street and 42nd Street (road will reopen at 3 PM on Thursday)
  • 8th Avenue between 33rd Street and 40th Street 
  • 33rd Street between 6th Avenue and 8th Avenue
  • 34th Street between 5th Avenue and 8th Avenue (road will reopen at 3 PM on Thursday)
  • 35th Street between 6th Avenue and 8th Avenue
  • 36th Street between 6th Avenue and 8th Avenue
  • 37th Street between 6th Avenue and 8th Avenue
  • 38th Street between 6th Avenue and 8th Avenue
  • 39th Street between 6th Avenue and 8th Avenue
  • 40th Street between 6th Avenue and 8th Avenue
  • 59th Street between 5th Avenue and 8th Avenue (road will reopen at 3 PM on Thursday)
  • 62nd Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • 68th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • 71st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • 73rd Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West
  • 76th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • 78th Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West
  • 79th Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West
  • 80th Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West
  • 79th Street Transverse (road will reopen at 12 PM on Thursday)
  • 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • Broadway between 34th Street and 42nd Street (road will reopen at 3 PM on Thursday)
  • Broadway between 58th Street and 59th Street
  • Central Park West between West 59th Street and West 81st Street (road will reopen at 3 PM on Thursday)
  • Central Park West between 81st Street and 86th Street
  • Columbus Avenue between 59th Street and 81st Street (road will reopen at 3 PM on Thursday)
  • Columbus Circle between Broadway and 59th Street