1. The Macy’s Day Parade
You’ve probably seen it on TV when watching endless re-runs of the FRIENDS thanksgiving episodes (just me?), but now’s your chance to see this incredible parade in the flesh. The Macy’s Day Parade goes along Central Park West, along West 59th Street and down Sixth Avenue. It begins at 9am, so you’ll need to get up early to secure a place, but you won’t regret it as hundreds of giant balloons, floats, celebrities, marching bands and cheerleaders fill the streets with music and colour.
2. The Food
Turkey, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, corn bread, sweet potato and green bean casserole all washed down with a big slice of pumpkin pie. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it? No one does festive eating like the Americans, and this is your opportunity to experience a real Thanksgiving Dinner like a local! Bubby’s restaurant is serving up a Thanksgiving dinner with a heart, with proceeds from the day going to the NYC Rescue Mission. On the menu is ‘free roaming turkey with giblet gravy and glazed Duroc ham with spiced apricot sauce as a main…side dishes like cornbread sage stuffing, buttermilk mashed potatoes and of course, cranberry sauce.’ Sign us up!
3. Black Friday Shopping
Many people already head to New York for some bargain hunting, with great exchange rates and cheaper electronics being a huge shopping draw. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is the antithesis of the relaxation of Thanksgiving – think shopping ‘til you drop and doing it in style! Shops such as Bloomingdales open at 7am with bargains of up to 30% off the usual ticket price. Make sure you take a list of what you want to find as sale shoppers can get a bit frenzied!
4. The Weather
Although it will definitely feel wintery, temperatures in November are much more favourable than December – March where it can average as low as -3◦c (although -10◦c isn’t unheard of!). The balmier temperatures won’t stop you from enjoying ice skating in central park though, which takes residence in the park from October 30 until April 3, 2016.
5. The Attractions are Still Open
Despite the holiday, The Empire State Building, Top of the Rock and One World Observatory among many other attractions are still open for visitors, so you can still see all the iconic New York sights! They may be slightly busier than usual however, so make sure to pre-book to avoid disappointment.