Thanksgiving is arguably bigger than Christmas for many Americans and marks the beginning of the holiday season in the United States. The harvest festival takes place on the last Thursday of November and is a wonderful opportunity to stuff yourself with turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie.
New York City goes absolutely crazy on Thanksgiving and it’s a brilliant experience for hostel dwellers on vacation in the Big Apple.
One of the highlights for visitors to New York is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Every year, the Emmy Award winning tradition is seen by more than 2.5 million people in New York and 50 million worldwide.
The city-wide celebration has been a tradition since 1924, making it one of the oldest Thanksgiving Day parades in the country.
Famous for its giant cartoon floats and huge crowds, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a loud, colourful occasion full of marching brass bands playing Broadway themes and traditional medleys.
More than 10,000 participants take place along a six-mile route from Central Park West to Herald Square, filling the streets of Manhattan with festive cheer.
Are you planning on celebrating Turkey Day in New York City this November 27th?
Have you remembered to pack your camera?
If so, what should you prepare for?
- Crowds – New York is always bustling with visitors and with an estimated 2.5 million in attendance it will be even more hectic than usual. If you you want a good spot at the parade, you’ll have to get up early and get into position around 7am.
- Weather – November is a chilly month in NYC, but snow is unlikely. With temperatures ranging from 5 to 11 degrees, if you plan on standing around all day then you should definitely wrap up warm and bring a scarf, hat and a winter jacket.
- Pick the best spot – Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade fans suggest picking a spot on the Upper West Side, since that’s where the parade begins and ends.
Where to stay in New York?
- Jazz On Amsterdam Avenue Hostel – Superbly located on Upper West Side Manhattan, this jazzy new hostel is perfect for travellers looking to explore the Big Apple on foot. Dorms available from €42.
- Boutiques NYC – Situated between Central Park and Times Square. This funky NYC hostel is perfect for budget travellers looking to save a few bucks on their travels. Dorms available from €37.
- NY Moore Hostel – Offering boutique dorms to stylish backpackers, this trendy Brooklyn hostel is situated in hipster friendly East Williamsburg. Dorms available from €40.
- Hostelling International New York – With its comfy beds and rooms residing inside a historic castle style building on Amsterdam Avenue, the vibrant Manhattan hostel is a fine choice for backpackers in New York. Dorms available from €43.