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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2016: route & street closures

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the iconic parade

Tomorrow, the 90th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will make its way to Manhattan, with thousands of anxious visitors flocking to watch the festive procession unfold. Being that this is the 90th anniversary, the parade will likely be even more magical than ever. Of course, this means a traffic nightmare for everyone else. But thankfully, the NYC Department of Transportation has released a list of street closures that will be in effect on Thanksgiving Day.

But it’s not just tomorrow you have to worry about: Thanks to the balloon inflation on Central Park West, some street closures will begin today, too. Per ABC7:

Traffic restrictions begin at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Between 81st Street and 77th Street from Central Park West to Columbus Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic for the balloon inflation. The inflation can be viewed by pedestrians from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m. on 81st Street and 77th Street from Central Park West to Columbus Avenue. Pedestrians are advised to enter the viewing area from the West side of Columbus Avenue at 79th Street.

Closures beginning at 1 p.m.:

-West 79th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues

Closures beginning at 3 p.m.:

-West 76th Street between Columbus and Central Park West Avenues

-West 77th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues

-West 78th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues

-West 80th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues

-West 81st Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues

-Central Park Transverse Road at Central Park West and West 81 St. (Both Directions)

And after 10 p.m., 81st Street and 77th Street from Central Park West to Columbus Avenue, along with Central Park West from 59th Street to 86th Street, will be closed completely.

Street Closures

Beginning at 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday, November 24th, the following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic:

  • 6th Avenue between 59th Street and 34th Street
  • 7th Avenue between 33rd Street and 40th Street
  • Columbus Avenue between 81st Street and 77th Street
  • Central Park West between 86th Street and east side of Columbus Circle/59th Street
  • 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • 76th Street and 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • 71st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • 68th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • 62nd Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • 59th Street between Columbus Circle and 6th Avenue
  • Broadway between 59th Street and 58th Street
  • 40th Street between 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue
  • 36th Street to 39th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue
  • 35th Street between 6th Avenue and 8th Avenue
  • 34th Street between 5th Avenue and 8th Avenue
  • 33rd Street between 6th Avenue and 10th Avenue

Parade Route

The parade’s route will travel 2.5 miles, beginning at Central Park West and 77th Street and ending at Macy’s on 34th Street. Macy’s has also mapped out the route on the parade website: