The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade is an unforgettable childhood memory of waking up early to eat cookies in pajamas while watching the famous Hello Kitty and Pikachu fly down the streets of New York City. I might be an adult now, but I still love waking up early to watch these balloons roam through the busy streets of NYC and see celebrities continuously flub lip syncing in the comfort of my own home. Attending a parade in late November in NYC means that you’ll be standing in the cold and pushed against strangers for hours without access to a restroom. Take it from someone who’s done the parade, watch the parade at home instead.
Parade festivities begin on November 22, 2018, otherwise known as Thanksgiving. In 2017, 3.5 million people viewed the parade in person. If you want to catch the parade in person be prepared to wake up at 4 a.m.! Although, it might be worth the brisk morning hours to see the performers live.
Performers include legend Diana Ross and family, duo Jack & Jack, “High School Musical” star Ashley Tisdale, “The Voice” winner Brynn Cartelli, EGOT status John Legend, Grammy award winner Leona Lewis, songstress Rita Ora, and acapella sensation Pentatonix.
If you don’t feel like booking an expensive, spontaneous trip to the Big Apple, you can continue the tradition of watching the parade in your cozy home. Check out how to watch and stream the parade below.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2018 Viewing Details
Date: November 22, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. EST
TV Channel: NBC
Location: New York City, check out the route here
How To Watch The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2018 Online
Macy’s will host a live-stream on their own website. In the days leading up to the event, the website will allow you to go through a virtual replica of the city, complete with an interactive program that lets you see the line-ups from past years.
— Macy's (@Macys) November 8, 2018
How To Watch The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2018 On Mobile
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There’s no excuse not to watch the parade when it’s available to stream this easily. Download the Watch NBC app to either iOS or Android, log in with credentials, and enjoy seeing new balloons make history, like “Dragon Ball Z” character, Goku.
How To Watch The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2018 If You Don’t Have Cable
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No cable? No worries. Head to Verizon’s YouTube page or to Hulu. Hulu offers a plan for $39.99 that gives you access to live TV and the binge-worthy video library. Give yourself the gift of everlasting TV this Thanksgiving.
Happy streaming and Happy Thanksgiving!