Thanksgiving in NYC guide

Not traveling for Thanksgiving? NYC offers feasts, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and more for folks in town.

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Thanksgiving in NYC is going to look a lot different this year, especially with the mayor asking New Yorkers to stay at home and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade taking on a different format, but it's still possible to have a memorable Turkey Day. Whether you’re just in town for the long weekend or a Gothammite trying to make the most out of your days off, there are plenty of epic things to do this fall in NYC. If you want to get ahead on your Christmas or Hanukkah gift-buying, take advantage of the slew of holiday markets going on or wander around the city to see the most stunning Christmas window displays and stop in to shop!  

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When is Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is held on the fourth Thursday in November. This year, Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, November 26, 2020.

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Things to do on Thanksgiving in NYC

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The best things to do on Thanksgiving

Feast your eyes on the best things to do on Thanksgiving in NYC before you binge-eat turkey and go into a food coma

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2020 guide
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The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2020 guide

Before America gets turnt on turkey and settles in to watch some football, all eyes turn to Manhattan during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2020. The annual pageant of giant balloons, floats, cheerleaders, clowns, marching bands, theater and Broadway in New York performances and celebs is one of the best NYC events in November. This year, the parade will happen without the throngs of crowds, so you can tune in to the "reimagined" rendition of the annual event in your PJs to keep the spirit alive.  RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Thanksgiving in NYC When is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? Thanksgiving Day, of course! But we'll spell it out for you: Thursday, November 28. Where is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade usually starts at 77th St and Central Park West and heads down to 34th Street to Macy's Herald Square. This year, the parade will be taped in and around the Herald Square area, instead of the typical 2.5-mile route. What time does the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade start?  The parade kicks off promptly at 9am and ends at noon. Who is performing during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? The list of musical guests and Broadway theater performers—and the iconic giant inflatable cartoon characters—will be announced closer to Thanksgiving 2020. For more information visit Macys.com.

Here are the Broadway numbers you'll see in the 2020 Macy's Thanksgiving Parade
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Here are the Broadway numbers you'll see in the 2020 Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

This year's edition of the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will be different from the usual one in many ways, but one major ingredient is still in the recipe: Broadway musicals, thankfully, still have a role in the pageant.  Although all Broadway productions have been dark since March, and won't resume performances until at least June, cast members from four shows have reunited to record musical numbers from their shows that will be included in NBC's morning broadcast of the Thanksgiving Parade on Thursday, November 26.  All four of the sequences have already been filmed outdoors, with an eye toward the safety of the performers. Here's what to expect from Broadway musicals in this year's parade: Mean Girls: Reneé Rapp, playing the stung queen bee Regina George in Tina Fey's high-school musical, belts out the James Bond theme song–like "Someone Gets Hurt," joined members of the company. Ain't Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations: The five triple threats (that's a quindecuple threat in total!) playing the most famous lineup of the Temptations—Nik Walker, James Harkness, Jawan M. Jackson, Matt Manuel and Jelani Remy—perform a medley of the Motown hits "My Girl" and "Get Ready."  Hamilton: Eighteen cast members of Lin-Manuel Miranda's history-making musical sing "The Schuyler Sisters"—which includes a paean to NYC as "the greatest city in the world"—with Joshua Henry as Burr and Jennie Harney and Krystal Joy Brown as Anjelica and Eliza (and Alysha Deslorieux as Peggy).  Jagged Little Pill: A dozen cast members sing the Alanis Morissette jukebox musical's finale, "You Learn," including 2020 Tony Award nominees Elizabeth Stanley, Celia Rose Gooding, Derek Klena, Sean Allan Krill, Lauren Patten and Kathryn Gallagher. (The cast will also reunite on Sunday December 13 for Jagged Live in NYC, a concert of songs from the show.) RECOMMENDED: Our day-by-day roundup of the best theater, opera and dance to stream online Photograph: Virginia Sherwood/NBC | Mean Girls Most popular on Time Out - 11 ridiculously cozy outdoor dining spots in NYC- NYC releases new rules for outdoor dining- The fastest places to get a Covid-19 test in NYC- NYC holiday traditions that aren’t happening this year- Best Thanksgiving movies for kids and families Want to know what’s cool in the city before your friends do? Sign up to our newsletter for the latest and greatest from NYC and beyond. Photograph: Virginia Sherwood/NBC | Ain't Too Proud

The best pies in NYC
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The best pies in NYC

These are the best pies in NYC, from all-American ample to primped-up pecan and fun-loving ice-cream pies

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Where to go for Thanksgiving dinner in NYC

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Best Thanksgiving songs to celebrate the holiday

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The best bars open on Thanksgiving in NYC
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The best bars open on Thanksgiving in NYC

You’ve planned your Thanksgiving dinner, you’ve ordered one of the best pies in NYC and now for the most important part of your holiday—what bars open on Thanksgiving are you going to frequentto combat the frustrations of an entire day spent with your family. Luckily for you, there are plenty of options, from Irish pubs to football-loving sports bars. Here’s where to drink during Thanksgiving in NYC. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Thanksgiving in NYC

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