Is there anything more iconic about Thanksgiving (other than turkey and gratitude, or course), than the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?

Each year, more than 3.5 million people in NYC and over 50 million people at home watch the Parade. Amazingly enough, since the parade began in 1924, participants have been Macy’s employees, their families and friends or others who have a relationship with the Parade’s elements and/or partners, making the parade even more endearing.

Sure, this year is different. But what you need to know is that the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is still happening in 2020.

Everything You Need to Know about the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is truly the sign in our home that it’s time to kick-off the day, gather family around and, of course, get all those yummy dishes on the stove and in the oven! So let’s get you everything you need to know to make sure you don’t miss even a minute of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year.

What’s Different in 2020?

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been going on for over 100 years. It’s a tradition and boy, do we need traditions more than ever this year.

So Macy’s did all they could to keep this Thanksgiving Day tradition alive while taking extra precautions to make everyone safe. The truth is, as a TV viewer, we won’t notice much difference in watching the parade.

The biggest difference is that this year’s parade is exclusively a TV event that was filmed over three days. Instead of the usual 9,000 participants, there are only 500 this year. There are no crowds and everyone has been COVID tested. But all the elements are back and it will still be a feast for America!

When Does the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Start?

Since they aren’t marching down the streets of NYC this year, the only place to see all the performances, gigantic balloons & fabulous floats is from the comfort & safety of your home.   You can watch it live from 34th Street on NBC.  Tune in Thursday, November 26th from 9 am-12 pm in all time zones!

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Info-Everything You Need to Know

Where to Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Since this year is a bit different, everyone can tune in on their TVs to watch the parade this year.

Who Will Be Performing at this year’s Macy’s Parade?

As always, you can expect a huge array of stars from stage, screen, and music to perform and appear on the famous floats.

The 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will include stars such as: Bebe Rexha, Brett Young, Dolly Parton, Jimmy Fallon and much more. The routine will transition seamlessly to a big climax on 34th Street with 100 dancers, a gospel choir and the iconic Rockettes.

Broadway Performances Include:

  • Jagged Little Pill
  • Mean Girls
  • Hamilton
  • NYC Ballet

Is there special access for spectators with special needs?

Yes, please call YAI National Institute at 212-273-6181 or visit their website at’s-thanksgiving for more information.

Where Can I Get More Information about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?

If you go to the mezzanine level of Macy’s Herald Square, not only can you get your 10% off Visitor’s Savings Pass, but they can also answer your questions and arrange tickets to must-see attractions to help you get the most out of your visit.

Of course, there is so much more you can expect during this year’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. If you want to know more about anything from the parade’s history to the performers, visit the parade website.