Thanksgiving Break in New York City

11/27/2013 12:31

            It’s Thanksgiving break! You don’t have class, so what are you going to do? Thanksgiving in New York City, like anything in New York City, is a great time to go out and enjoy life in the Big Apple! Hopefully you get the chance to enjoy a home cooked meal that includes turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, sweet potatoes, and of course pumpkin pie or hopefully you attempt to cook it yourself! But if you’re not, or if you don’t plan to- there are many other ways to spend this holiday weekend.

            First, on Thursday, November 28, the 87th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will take place at 9am. The parade is famous across the country. The giant balloons, decorated floats, and performances attract millions of viewers every year to celebrate Thanksgiving. The parade goes down Central Park West from 77th Street and then along Central Park South to Sixth Avenue, then it goes south from West 59th Street to West 34th Street, and finally it ends in front of the famous Macy's flagship store in Herald Square. You can go to Manhattan to view the parade or watch it from the comfort of your home on TV. It is something not to be missed!

Feel like going out to a museum on Thanksgiving Day? Many museums are closed on Thanksgiving Day but the National Museum of the American Indian ( will be open. It is at the U.S. Customs House at 1 Bowling Green in Manhattan. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, and will be playing Thanksgiving-themed films throughout the day! Go check it out!

Also open on Thanksgiving Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. is the Rubin Museum of Art ( That is in Chelsea at 150 W. 17th St., this museum shows are of the Himalayas. The museum is actually located in in a former Barney's department store building. It has a spiral staircase that spans five floors showing off paintings, sculptures, and other artifacts. Admission is $10.

Then of course there is the fun AFTER Thanksgiving! BLACK FRIDAY!

Black Friday is the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season! Many stores have great sales with early bird specials to those customers who want to get up early and start shopping! Beware- many people stand in line all night in order to be the first in the store! Get ready to shop ‘til you drop!

For a midtown Manhattan experience: line up with hundreds and hundreds of tourists and New Yorkers outside Macy's at Herald Square. It opens early at 6 a.m. So if you like a crowd, and are feeling brave, go ahead and shop shop shop at Macy’s!  

For those into fashion: SoHo will be very busy and crazy later in the day, but supposedly it's not quite as bad in the morning. Get there early, around 9:00am when the smaller stores open. There is also the SoHo Antique Fair and Flea Market where you can find some steals if you’re willing to look!

For those who want electronics: Circuit City and Best Buy are two big electronic stores with multiple locations in Manhattan. Both stores will be competing for the best Black Friday technology deals (they want to give you the best price) and may open as early as 5:00 a.m.

For those looking to spend a lot of $$$:  Very fancy stores like Tiffany, Barney's, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman all open early. Window shopping at these stores is also fun!

For those who prefer to shop online: Wait until Monday! “Cyber Monday” is December 2, 2013. Many online stores feature sales as good as on Black Friday. Get your shopping done from the comfort of your home!

Well, we hope you enjoy your long holiday weekend! Go out and explore. Get into the holiday spirit and be ready to tell us about your weekend on Monday! Happy Thanksgiving!

Written by Liz