We have so much to be thankful for this year, most of which is the opportunity to work and live in the most amazing city in the world. Last year, I spent my first Thanksgiving solo in the city and even though this year I find myself surrounded by family at home, last year was one of the most fulfilling Thanksgivings I had ever experienced. So if you are spending tomorrow in the city, here are a few ways to celebrate it in true NYC fashion:
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – Last year I wanted to avoid the crowds and chose to forgo the parade itself and witness the final preparations on Thanksgiving Eve instead. Watch the iconic Snoopy and other characters come to life during the Ballon Inflation today from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. near the Museum of Natural History on the Upper West Side.
If you do choose to brave the crowds and witness the parade first hand, it will start at 77th Street and Central Park West heading south. Then it turns east on Central Park South before turning onto Seventh Avenue. At 42nd Street it will slide over to Sixth Avenue before meandering down to Macy’s at Herald Square. Though the first balloon doesn’t cross the starting line until 9 a.m., parade officials recommend that you pick your viewing spot by 7 a.m. to avoid disappointment. A map of the route and suggested viewing locations are available at the Macy’s official parade site.
Thanksgiving Dinner, NYC Style – With our small apartment kitchens, cooking a full course Thanksgiving Day meal can be more intimidating than necessary. If you do chose to host your own dinner, opt to either have the meal catered (thank you Whole Foods), or in true NYC style skip the fuss and dine out.
Volunteer – The holidays are not only a time to be thankful for what we have, but to give back to those who are less fortunate. Give back to the city that gives so much to you tomorrow by volunteering for a local food bank via NY Cares or God’s Love We Deliver. Both organizations work to feed the hungry of New York City.