The busiest travel time of the year is once again upon us. This Thanksgiving, Transportation Safety Administration expects 27 million people to go thru the security this weekend. The busiest day expected to be Wednesday, November 27th, and Sunday, December 1st. American Automobile Association estimates about 55 million people will travel by car this Thanksgiving weekend. The best place, in my opinion, to spend thanksgiving is with family. If you are unable to be with family this Thanksgiving, New York City is the best place to be on holiday. Below are the activities you could do in New York on this thanksgiving.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade
The festivities for Thanksgiving starts on Wednesday the 27th when the Balloon inflation takes place for the Thanksgiving parade. The tradition of Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade is 92 years old. On Thursday, November 28th, 2019, it starts from 77th street and central park at 9 am. According to Macy’s website this year they will have 21 different performing artists or groups and distinguished guests, below is the list
- Billy Porter
- Black Eyed Peas
- Celine Deon
- Chris Janson
- Chris Young
- Debbie Gibson
- Dr. Janet Kavandi (former astronaut
- Idina Menzel
- Blues clues artist Josh Dela Cruz from Nickelodeon
- Kelly Rowland
- Lea Michelle
- Natasha Bedingfield
- NCT 127
- Nea Franklin
- Tenille Townes
- That girl Lay Lay
If you are planning to see the parade live in NYC, my suggestion is to get there early so that you would be able to get the right spot to watch it.
If you like to be on a quieter side during the holidays, you may want to visit the holiday bazaar held in Brooklyn on 501 Union Street in Brooklyn. Buy gifts from a local artisan, grab tasty foods for lunch, and explore the neighborhood at your own pace.
Visit Bryant Park, where every year, the park is turned into an ice rink. More than 100 food vendors and Souvenir stores. There is no charge to enter the Bank of American Winter Park, but I suggest taking your skates, or you will have to shell out $20 to rent the in the park. The scene at the winter village is just breathtaking, visiting Bryant Park will certainly bring Holiday joy to anyone’s heart.
Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting
If you are in the town for a few more days after thanksgiving, this year’s Christmas tree lighting will be held on December 4th. The tradition of the Christmas tree continues for the 82nd year. This year’s Christmas tree has been brought from Florida. The tree is 77 ft in height. The tree has already made it in New York City and is going through the decorating phase at this time. On December 4th, walk to 30 Rockefeller center, and take pictures by the tree, the memories of this visit will last a lifetime.
Christmas Spectacular show
You must at least watch once, the Christmas spectacular show at the radio city music hall. The show has been a tradition during holidays since 1933. Keep Rockettes a part of the Christmas tradition. The tickets start roughly at about $30 per person. There are two shows on weekdays, and four shows on the weekends.
If you plan to visit New York City during the Thanksgiving Day weekend, please remember that New York does get gridlocked during the weekend. We at American City Express have more than 20 years of experience driving passengers to the holiday festivities in New York. Call American City Express now, whether you are getting picked up at Newark Airport going to New York City for celebrations or from your home or office. We at American City Express will get you to your location, navigating through the traffic and gridlock while you relax in our luxurious, spacious car. We at American City Express wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving, and safe travel.