Today’s Friday Favorite isn’t about a product, but a favorite travel memory: Thanksgiving In New York City

Yesterday I glanced at my kitchen calendar to confirm the time of my son’s baseball game. I couldn’t figure out why the dates seemed off. And then I realized, not only is it no longer September- but we’re moving quickly through October.

I wiped the chalkboard calendar clean and began filling in the dates for October. Since October 1st fell on a Sunday, I ended up with lots of extra room at the bottom of my calendar. I typically move right on to the next month with the extra space. As I continued filling in the dates I realized- Thanksgiving is RIGHT around the corner!

In fact, 6 weeks from today is Black Friday which means that we’ll celebrate with turkey in less than 6 weeks! Holy cow! Maybe it’s the weather here in the south (still in the 80’s!), but I feel like summer just ended. Can it really be holiday season already?

Every year as the holiday season approaches I begin to reminisce about past experiences. And without a doubt, the holiday memory that sticks out most in my memory is spending Thanksgiving in New York City. There is truly not a more magical place to celebrate the holiday! Of course the headlining event in being there is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The parade is a tradition hosted by Macy’s for the city of New York dating back to 1924. With the exception of 3 years during World War II, the parade occurs annually. Though every year looks a tad different, the framework is the same. In addition to the floats and helium filled balloons and you can expect over 1,000 cheerleaders, dancers and entertainers. Additionally, bands from around the country are selected to be part of the prestigious parade. And then, of course, the grand finale- Santa Claus himself!

Besides the Macy’s Parade, there are so many incredible activities to do when spending Thanksgiving in New York City. You’ll want to ice skate in Central Park or Rockefeller Center, attend a showing of the Rockettes’ Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and start your Christmas shopping on 5th Avenue!

Without a doubt, the years I spent in New York City for Thanksgiving are my favorite. I am looking forward to making the same memories with my children soon. Although we don’t have it on the schedule for this year, now is a good time to start planning for next year. Hotels in New York City- especially close to the parade route- book up to a year in advance. Thanksgiving in New York City needs to be on everyone’s bucket list.

Here are some additional tips for visiting: New York City

Where is your favorite place to spend Thanksgiving?

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