Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Time 2019: New York City Route, Map, Road Closures, Viewing Spots, Live Stream

Watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is a tradition for many households, and getting the best viewing spot along the route requires a bit of planning beyond heading out the door with a coat and hat.

Thirty balloons are expected to make an appearance at the parade, including fan favorites such as Snoopy and Harold, who has been dressed as a baseball player, police officer and firefighter. Along with the balloons, 34 floats, 21 performers and 11 marching bands will also be featured in the parade's procession.

The parade began in New York in 1924 and originally spanned only two blocks. The parade has since stopped using live animals and expanded to a more-than-two-mile stretch.

Route, Map

The parade kicks off at West 77th Street and Central Park West at 9 a.m. ET. From there, performers, floats and balloons will make their way south along Central Park West until they reach Central Park South at Columbus Circle where they turn east toward Sixth Avenue.

Once the parade hits Sixth Avenue, everyone turns right and heads south and continues down Sixth Avenue until it arrives in front of Macy's Herald Square on 34th Street.

Viewing Spots

Regardless of the weather, people pack the New York City streets to see the performers and massive balloons pass by on their way to Macy's. The entire route isn't open to the public, though, so it's important to know where you can—and can't—stand before heading out the door.

"Great views," according to Macy's, can be found along Central Park West from West 75th Street to 59th Street. When it comes to the parade, the "early bird gets the worm" is good advice, and people start camping out at 6 a.m. ET. So, the best viewing spots will be had by those who are out the door bright and early.

Spectators can catch another set of "great views" on Sixth Avenue from West 59th Street to West 38th Street.

It may be tempting to want to catch the final moments of the parade, but Macy's cautioned people against trying to line up on Sixth Avenue between 34th Street and 38th Street because national television broadcast equipment and teams are set up there, and there's no public access.

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Tom Turkey float is seen at the 2018 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 22, 2018, in New York City. This year, the parade will take place on November 28. Noam Galai/FilmMagic/Getty

Road Closures

While inconvenient to people in the area, in an effort to keep the public safety, the New York Department of Transportation closes a number of roads on Thursday. The areas that would be closed were listed by the Department of Transportation as:

  • Columbus Avenue between 72nd Street and 83rd Street
  • Central Park West between 81st Street and 86th Street
  • 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • 76th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • 73rd Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West
  • 71st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • 68th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • 62nd Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • Central Park West between 81st Street and East Side of Columbus Circle/59th Street
  • Columbus Circle between 59th Street and Broadway
  • Broadway between 59th Street and 58th Street
  • 59th Street between Columbus Circle and Sixth Avenue
  • 6th Avenue between 59th Street and 34th Street
  • 34th Street between Sixth Avenue and Seventh Avenue
  • 33rd Street between Sixth Avenue and Eighth Avenue
  • 34th Street between Seventh Avenue and Eighth Avenue
  • 34th Street between Sixth Avenue and Fifth Avenue
  • 35th Street between Sixth Avenue and Eighth Avenue
  • 36th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue
  • 37th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue
  • 38th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue
  • 39th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue
  • 40th Street between Seventh Avenue and Eighth Avenue
  • Seventh Avenue between 33rd Street and 40th Street
  • Broadway between 45th Street and 34th Street
  • 40th Street between Seventh Avenue and Sixth Avenue
  • 39th Street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue
  • 38th Street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue
  • 37th Street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue
  • 36th Street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue
  • 6th Avenue between 34th Street and 33rd Street
  • 8th Avenue between 40th Street and 33rd Street

Live Stream

For many, Thanksgiving wouldn't be complete without seeing the parade in person. For millions of others, the tradition is to watch it from the heated comfort of their home and this year, people nationwide can tune in to see the procession thanks to NBC, which will stream the parade from 9 a.m. until noon on all time zones.

Fans can also tune in online through the Verizon 360 live stream that features footage from multiple 360-degree cameras placed along the parade route. The stream begins at 8:30 a.m. and can be found here.