The Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® is almost upon us. The streets of NYC will once again be filled with giant helium balloons, thousands of participants, spectacular floats and A-list entertainment. Hilton is proud to be the Official Hotel Partner, and together with our friends at, we bring you some top tips on experiencing the Parade:

Thanksgiving Day Eve provides a great opportunity to view some of our famous jumbo balloons on inflation night. Join us from 1-8 p.m. outside of the Museum of Natural History between West 77th and West 81st Streets to see all the balloons come to life. Entrance is on 74th Street and Columbus Avenue.

For the early risers out there, many people choose to camp out starting at 6 a.m. along the west side of the street on Central Park West from 59th to 75th Streets, where the Parade passes by from about 9 – 10:30 a.m. If you prefer to arrive a little later on, we suggest heading further down the route on 6th Avenue.

If you wan to avoid viewing the Parade from 6th Avenue all together, find a point in front of Macy’s Herald Square, however this provides very limited viewing due to the national television broadcast. For a map of the parade route and all the latest updates on the parade including the line up, check out this site.

Hilton has hotel options directly on the parade route, where you can catch a front row seat or view the parade from the warmth of your guest room. Many more options put you in easy walking distance to the Parade or a quick train ride away. Book our Weekend Like a Local package and save 50% on Sunday nights!

Did you know?

-The Macy’s Christmas Parade debuted in 1924 to celebrate the expansion of Macy’s flagship store in Manhattan to become the ‘World’s Largest Store’. Many of the participants were Macy’s employees, along with bears, elephants and donkeys from the Central Park Zoo.

-The original Balloonatics Float inspired the modern day character balloons that are now the famous make-up of the Parade. The first ever character balloon was ‘Felix the Cat’.

-The floats are designed at Macy’s Parade Studio in New Jersey. They all fold down into a 12 x 8 ft box in order for them to make their way through the Lincoln Tunnel into NYC.

-One character in particular has been featured the most times in the Parade! Can you guess which one? We’ll give you a clue – his best friend is Charlie Brown.

-The balloons take only 15 minutes to deflate! The balloons are then put in storage until the next Parade.


Here are a list of Hilton hotels, on or steps from the parade route: 

  • Hilton New York Midtown
  • Conrad New York Midtown
  • Embassy Suites by Hilton Manhattan Times Square
  • Hampton Inn Manhattan-35th St. Empire State Building
  • Hilton Garden Inn New York West 35th
  • Hampton Inn Manhattan Madison Square Garden Areana
  • Doubletree Chelsea
  • Hilton Garden Inn Chelsea

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