Even if you love a good parade with 32-feet tall floating Tim Burton balloon characters, we’re betting that you’ll need a break from the crowds every so often.

Spice Up Your Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Route Experience:

  1. Get Your Sports Fix. Sports fans won’t mind going a few blocks out of their way to catch up on Thanksgiving Day football scores at Jake’s Dilemma on Amsterdam Ave. Don’t worry, the parade will still be there when you get back.
  2. Sweet Sustenance. Anyone who gets up early to brave the Macy’s Parade crowds deserves a treat. Reward yourself for your bravery and stamina with a decadent cupcake from the new Magnolia Bakery outpost on 69th and Columbus Ave.
  3. Don’t Dawdle. “If a parade is boring, run in the opposite direction, and you will fast-forward the parade.” – Mitch Hedburg. Rent a bike at Bike Rental Central Park for an even speedier parade experience!
  4. Get Caffeinated! Those who make the commitment to saving their place on 7th Avenue at 4 in the morning will need some caffeine. Visit the Zibetto Espresso Bar for a pick-me-up to help keep you awake until the fun starts!
  5. Hungry Yet? Stock up for a long morning of parade watching with a stop into the famous 7th Avenue Carnegie Deli for a sandwich with so much pastrami, you won’t be hungry for a week.
  6. Get a Laugh. If you missed this month’s New York Comedy Festival, you can always score tickets to great comedy shows at Caroline’s on Broadway. Stop in on your way through Times Square.

The 85th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade route will begin at 77th Street and Central Park West and it will end at the Macy’s flagship store on 34th Street/Herald Square. Click here for a map of the parade route.

It could be chilly during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, so feel free to stop into any one of our nearby Manhattan Mini Storage locations in the UWS, Hell’s Kitchen or Midtown to pull some winter clothes out of storage on the big day.

For more great ideas and things to do along the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade route, check out our Newbie NYC guides to the Upper West Side and Midtown!