With Thanksgiving on the horizon, many of us are gearing up to head to the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. The Floats, the celebrities, the television cameras and the sheer excitement of the crowds are the perfect way to spend Thanksgiving, gearing up for the Christmas season and celebrating with family and friends.

The Parade is one very crowded destination, however, so planning your trip there might take a little bit of forethought.

To help you get all your ducks in a row for this exciting New York City event, we’ve compiled a list of tips below.


If you’re taking on the responsibility of driving yourself and your family to this event, you’re asking for a disaster. Not only will you have to contend with the normal levels of NYC traffic, you’ll have to contend with the droves of people who are driving in for the parade. Thanksgiving should be a day of celebration and leisure, spent enjoying time with your family. Taking on the responsibility of driving could add tons of unnecessary stress to your plate.

The easiest solution is to book New York car service to handle your trip. The benefits to doing so are numerous; for starters, you won’t have to worry about navigating the confusing traffic patterns. Additionally, you won’t have to worry about parking, which is an absolute nightmare during an event as crowded as the Thanksgiving Day Parade. Your chauffeur will simply drop you off at one of your chosen spots before the parade and pick you up at the location of your choosing at the end. Forget long walks in the cold trying to find your vehicle.


One of the other concerns for many Parade attendees is finding the right spot to see all the action. With so many people, it can be tough to get a good spot as it is, and with children desperate to see the floats and attractions, the closer you can get, the better.

Some of the best spots to watch the parade include the spot along Central Park West, the Time Warner Center and near Central Park South. All of these spots are destined to have tons of spectators so arriving early is a must.


If you’ve traveled all the way to lower Manhattan to enjoy the parade, you probably don’t want to pick up and leave as soon as the parade is over. The parade’s running time from beginning to end is generally around 3 hours, so having a plan for what you’d like to do when festivities are over will help you make the most of your time in Manhattan.

There are plenty of places nearby that can help keep you entertained before you go home. Times Square is in very close vicinity to where the parade takes place, so taking a stroll around this iconic part of Manhattan is easy.

Enjoy the window shopping at the stores and marvel at the bright lights as you pass Broadway and some of the most famous hotels and landmarks. With car service waiting to take you home, you won’t have to pare down your afternoon for fear of getting lost or stuck in traffic.

Central Park is also close to the parade festivities and offers a great opportunity for enjoying the fall foliage and taking a stroll with your family.

Wherever you decide to go afterward, car service can help make it happen. Not only will you be relieved of the responsibility of driving, you’ll get to enjoy the sights and sounds without the pressure of traffic or finding a parking spot.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner; start preparing for your Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade now.