If you're beginning to think ahead to the holidays, you aren't alone, and, for those who plan on having friends and family visit NYC for Thanksgiving, here is what you'll need to know regarding Macy's 87th annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. This year Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, November 28, 2013.
The 2013 parade will follow the same route as it did in 2012. The 2013 Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade will begin at 9AM at West 77th Street and Central Park West and the parade will turn on to Central Park South to 6th Avenue (also known as The Avenue of the Americas), and, continue 34th Street. The parade ends in front of Macy's Herald Square.
Need A Hotel?
If you need a hotel for friends and family here are a few things to keep in mind. November and December are considered high season in New York City. In other words, it is one of the most expensive times of year to visit, and, this is reflected in hotel pricing. It's not unusual to find hotel prices three times higher during Thanksgiving week compared to other times of the year. However, don't despair -- there are ways around the high prices including booking early (make that very early) but, the catch is that it will probably require prepayment, and, more than likely it will be non-refundable. So why book now?
By booking your hotel now, you are guaranteed to lock in a lower rate than if you wait. This is one case where the waiting game will not pay off, and, in fact, you may find yourself shut out completely. Thanksgiving in NYC is that popular!
Here are few more tips to keep in mind:
- Hotels on the East Side and all areas away from Times Square and parade route will have lower pricing and better availability.
- Staying in New Jersey or one of the other boroughs such as Brooklyn and Queens will lower your hotel rate considerably, however, it's important to note that significant travel time is required, and, if you are only in the area for a short amount of time you need to factor into consideration that the extra money to be in a Manhattan hotel may be worth it in the long run.
- If the hotel of your choice is offering a prepaid plan be sure to read the small print carefully, and, be sure you fully understand the cancellation policy. Often prepaid stays are non-refundable.
- Hotels directly on the Thanksgiving day parade route will be the most expensive -- some may be as much as triple of other area hotels.
Most New York City restaurants are open Thanksgiving day, however, reservations are high recommended. Most restaurants do not have their Thanksgiving day reservations open this early in the year, but, you can keep checking on sites such as OpenTable.com which offers free restaurant reservations. Also, keep in mind in NYC, many restaurants will ask for a credit card to hold your reservation for Thanksgiving day -- this normal and it should not cause you concern. Just be sure to cancel if you cannot make it or your credit card may be charged a no-show fee.
Most Broadway shows are dark on Thanksgiving day -- that is to say they are closed; however, a few such as the Christmas Spectacular at Radio Music Hall will be open. These shows are often very crowded, if not sold out, and, purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended.
Thanksgiving Day is a gridlock alert day in New York City, and, driving into Manhattan is highly discouraged. Be sure to check with your preferred train line for schedule changes that might be in effect for Thanksgiving day.
- New Jersey Transit Website: http://www.njtransit.com/
- Long Island Railroad Website: http://www.mta.info/lirr/
- Long Island Bus Website: http://www.mta.info/libus/index.html
- Metro North Website: http://www.mta.info/mnr/
- Amtrak Website: www.amtrak.com