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Your perfect Thanksgiving for kids in New York City

Your ultimate guide to the best Thanksgiving for kids in NYC—including things to do on Thanksgiving, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and more

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Thanksgiving for kids in NYC is pretty spectacular—there are so many things to do on Thanksgiving that it's hard to keep track! Check out cool fall festivals and fairs, opportunities for last-minute apple picking, sweet story time events in cozy local bookstores and much more. Get in on the best things to do in the fall with kids before winter weather rolls in!

When is Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving is held on the fourth Thursday in November. This year, Thanksgiving falls on November 26th, 2015.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade guide

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade guide for families

Use our guide to the parade route and nearby family restaurants to catch the best views!

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

For the 89th year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will usher in the holiday season with familiar sights like giant balloons, high-kicking Rockettes and Santa’s sleigh, plus celebrity appearances. Begins at W 77th St and Central Park West; for the complete parade route visit macys.com/parade. All ages.

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Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Balloon Inflation

Head to the Upper West Side (beginning at 79th Street and Columbus Avenue near the Museum of Natural History) on Thanksgiving Eve to watch as the balloons for the Turkey Day parade transform from piles of wilted fabric into floating giants for their big trek through midtown. Kids are sure to gaze in amazement as their favorite balloons- like Hello Kitty, Sponge Bob and Spider-Man- come to life. All ages.

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Thanksgiving for kids

Restaurants

Family restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day in NYC

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Thanksgiving events for kids

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The best holiday desserts for families from NYC bakeries

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Movies

The 10 best Thanksgiving movies for kids

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Thanksgiving pies for families from NYC bakeries

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