Thanksgiving Day is a wonderful time for celebrations in America, and whilst not celebrated as much in the UK there’s no reason as to why you can’t join in with the celebrations. Thanksgiving in New York is a magical time, and we don’t blame you if you want to book your flights to New York immediately! There are many events and things to do in New York during thanksgiving that your trip will definitely be an unforgettable one.

Thanksgiving Day means the city becomes increasingly busier and with only certain things being open and more events going on, we’ve got the ultimate list of what you should see, do and eat!

Macy’s Parade

This year is Macy’s Parade 90th Thanksgiving Day Parade so you can imagine it will be a big parade full of celebrations. The Thanksgiving Parade in New York is a tradition and the whole of America tunes in to watch on their TV’s so you can imagine being in the big city when it happens is a huge deal. You can expect to see giant balloons, floats, cheerleaders, marching bands, celebrities… everything that screams entertainment. It is the perfect way to celebrate and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is something you really don’t want to miss out on! Check out more information here.


During the Thanksgiving events in New York, the big tourist attractions will be generally quieter so if you’re desperate to visit one, this is the perfect opportunity.  Here’s a list of the attractions that are open on the day (this is great for things to do for first timers in New York):

  • Empire State Building
  • Top of the Rock and majority of the Rockefellers Center
  • Statue of Liberty – however, you will Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade
  • Madam Tussauds Wax Museum
  • Times Square and majority of shops
  • 9-11 Memorial and Museum
  • Central Park including the zoo, carousel, and ice skating rink
  • One World Observatory

Some shops may be closed during the day, so be aware of this so it’s best to plan your day around Macy’s Parade!

Feeding NYC

If you’re in New York City before Thanksgiving Day, you can help prepare, package and deliver holiday feasts to over 35,000 people in New York that are in desperate need. Whether you want to just donate or spend a few hours’ help packing, all the help is valued at Feeding NYC and is definitely a great way to help the locals.

Thanksgiving Dinner


If you fancy a Thanksgiving Dinner with a modern twist, Dovetail is the place to be for a delicious three-course meal made especially for Thanksgiving. It is an award-winning restaurant that offers a sleek and modern interior, the atmosphere of this restaurant is enough for you to fall in love. Click here for more information.

Le Coq Rico

Le Coq Rico boasts a four-course menu that serves some of the most traditional meals that you might expect Americans to have on Thanksgiving Day in New York. It is both a bistro and a bar that will definitely leave you wanting more. The owner is a renowned French chef that specializes in poultry dishes, so if you don’t fancy tasting some traditional dishes the menu certainly has something for everyone’s taste-buds. Check it out here.

Spending Thanksgiving Day in New York will definitely be an unforgettable experience. With the city being on everyone’s bucket-list and Thanksgiving Day coming up, it is the perfect opportunity to book your once-in-a-lifetime trip. Let the countdown begin to landing in the airports in New York.