Thanksgiving Day Events in NYC
Thanksgiving Day Events in NYC

Thanksgiving is one of America's most celebrated holidays. Luckily, there are a number of things to do for Thanksgiving in the New York City area that everyone can enjoy. 

Thanksgiving Day Parade 

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is a major highlight of Thanksgiving day. The Parade stretches over three legs; Central Park West, Columbus Circle, and along Sixth Avenue between Central Park South and 38th Street. You have to head to the parade early to get prime seating. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is a non-ticketed event, so bring your entire family out to enjoy the fun. 

The Thanksgiving Day Parade features live musical performances from the top bands and recording artists in the World. There will be a number of unique parade floats showcased. There will also be a number of cool parade balloons. The parade balloons have taken the place of live animals that used to be apart of the parade. In previous years, the parade has featured representation of Spiderman and Super Mario, among others. 

For many people, having a Thanksgiving dinner with their family is the best part of Thanksgiving. However, there are some people who just want to relax and enjoy the holiday instead of cooking a full meal. Thankfully, there are a few restaurants that are serving delicious food on Thanksgiving. 

Artisanal Bistro 

For Thanksgiving, there are a number of options on the menu, such as honey-glazed ham with masked sweet potatoes and steak with brussels sprouts. Turkey with chorizo cornbread is also on the menu, and you can top your meal off with pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. 

Back Forty West

You and your family can enjoy a four course feast featuring turkey and multiple other dishes such as duck fat potatoes and heritage turkey. Dessert features heirloom apple pit with caramel sauce. 

The Farm on Adderley 

On Thanksgiving, families will get a three course meal with traditional Thanksgiving plates, and children will receive a version of the meal as well. 

DBGB Kitchen and Bar 

DBGB in the Lower East Side features a unique prix five Thanksgiving dinner. Items on the menu include butternut squash soup, smoked turkey and a turkey burger with brussels sprouts and cranberry compote. Dessert items include ice cream sundaes and apple crisp tart. 

Heckscher Playground

After you've had a full meal, get some exercise walking off the calories through Heckscher Playground. Heckscher Playground has recently went through a renovation that connects it to Umpire Rock. Children get to scale a stone pyramid and a cliff. There is a tot water area and a complex of tunnels, moats, and bridges. Enjoying the scenery at Heckscher Playground is the perfect way to finish out the Thanksgiving holiday. 


If you are looking to give back on Thanksgiving and volunteer your time, there are multiple opportunities for you to do so. The Yorkville Common Pantry has been helping feed New Yorkers for over 30 years. There is an annual Thanksgiving dinner, and extra help in the form of volunteers will always be needed. Other places where you can volunteer include City Harvest and The Food Bank of New York.