United States

Top Thanksgiving Parades Across US

Step away from the TV and venture out to experience the Thanksgiving Parades around you. Here is a list of some of the best places to immerse yourself in the festivities.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York
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A day full of traditions, Thanksgiving is all about the delicious turkey and mouth-watering pie, relished together with our friends and family. Yet, it is a day incomplete for millions of Americans who wake up to enjoy the first tradition of their day by turning on the TV to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, a spectacle that has drawn crowds since its inception in 1924.

While New York’s parade steals the national limelight, big cities and charming small towns host their own Thanksgiving Day parades to celebrate the holiday, showcasing marching bands, giant balloons and local celebs.Cities like Chicago, Detroit and Philadelphia offer unique twists to the holiday celebration.

This year, consider stepping away from the TV screen and experiencing the festive spirit firsthand. Attend a local Thanksgiving parade to immerse yourself in the joyous atmosphere before returning for a delightful home-cooked feast.

  1. Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, NYC

  • The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC, a tradition since 1924, kicks off the holiday season. With 3.5 million city spectators and 50 million viewers at home, it showcases floats, massive balloons, Broadway acts, and more along Central Park West and 6th Avenue. Culminating on 34th Street at Macy's Herald Square, it's the nation's most renowned Thanksgiving celebration, featured in the classic film Miracle on 34th Street.
  1. Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade, Philadelphia

  • In Philadelphia for the holiday? Catch the Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade, the nation's oldest since 1920. Featuring floats, marching bands, choirs, and more, it starts at 20th Street and JFK Boulevard, ending in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Tip: The museum is an excellent viewing spot. Check the event's website for recommended spots and a parade route map.
  1. America's Thanksgiving Parade, Detroit

  • America's Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit commenced in the same year as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. While not as widely known, it boasts strong traditions with floats, marching bands, and large balloons parading along historic Woodward Avenue. The route starts at the intersection of Kirby Street and concludes at Congress Street.
  1. Chicago Thanksgiving Parade, Chicago

  • Originating in 1934 during the Great Depression to uplift city residents, the Chicago Thanksgiving Parade is now a cherished holiday tradition in the bustling city on Lake Michigan. Featuring a grand marshal, the parade showcases floats, equestrian units, balloons, and marching bands amidst downtown Chicago's architectural wonders. The procession begins at State Street and Congress Parkway, concluding several blocks north at Randolph Street.
  1. Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade ,Charlotte

  • Since 1947, Charlotte has embraced the holiday season "Charlottestyle" with the Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade travels along Tryon Street in Uptown Charlotte, the city's center, featuring floats, marching bands, performances, dignitaries, celebrities, and balloons.

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