Where to watch
Balloon inflation

There are 2.5 miles of public viewing along the NYC route in 2022. Macy’s is following all current city & state health & safety regulations.

On Thanksgiving Eve only, here’s where guests can check out our giant balloons as they are inflated. Please note that all attendees over age 12 must be vaccinated in order to attend our balloon inflation. Children under 12 years old may attend with a fully vaccinated adult. Attendees will be encouraged to social distance & masks will be required at all times.


Outside of the Museum of Natural History (between West 77th & West 81st Streets)


West 72nd Street & Columbus Avenue
(be sure to have proof of vaccination & photo ID)

Get directions

  • For arriving guests:

    72 St. station (at Central Park West)
  • 72 St. station (at Broadway)

Volunteers can be found at the subway entrances on Central Park West at West 72nd Street to help with directions.

Guests arriving from the West Side can cross Columbus Avenue south of West 77th Street to join the viewing line at West 72nd Street & Columbus Avenue.

Guests arriving from the East Side should utilize the 65th Street Transverse, then head northwest to join the viewing line at West 72nd Street & Columbus Avenue.

The viewing line

Upon entering, volunteers will be located along the route to help guests find their way.

Guests will view the balloons moving clockwise around the Museum from the north side of West 77th Street, then the south side of West 81st Street.

Balloon Locations

Discover where you’ll find each character in the inflation area here.


West 81st Street & Central Park West

Guests may leave the inflation area via:

  • 81 St.-Museum of Natural History station (at Central Park West)
  • 79 St. station (at Broadway)
  • 79th Street Transverse (entrance at West 81st Street & Central Park West)
  • West 82nd Street, heading west toward Columbus Avenue

Volunteers can be found at the subway entrances on Central Park West at West 81st Street to help with directions.

Vaccine verification instructions

For access, guests must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination in the form of one of the following:

  • Original CDC vaccination card
  • Mobile vaccination app (such as NYC COVID Safe App, CLEAR Health Pass, NYS Excelsior Pass)
  • Photo of their vaccination card
  • Guests must also provide a photo ID with a name that matches the proof of vaccination. A negative test will not be accepted in lieu of vaccinated status. Children who are not eligible to receive vaccinations may be accompanied by a vaccinated adult.


Get all the answers to important Parade-day questions.

What should I bring?

Weather can be unpredictable so dress in layers, wear comfy shoes & bring a poncho!

What items are prohibited?

For your safety, the following items are expressly prohibited: umbrellas, backpacks, large bags, alcoholic beverages, drones & e-cigarettes.

No personal property can be left or abandoned at the entrance or checkpoints.

Will there be street closures?

Central Park West will be closed from West 72nd Street to West 85th Street beginning Wednesday, November 24 at noon through Thursday, November 25 at noon.

The 79th Street Transverse will be closed Wednesday, November 24 at noon through Thursday, November 25 at noon.


To safely produce this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade during this unprecedented time, Macy’s partnered with the City and State of New York to create an innovative plan that would continue this treasured tradition.

The safety of participants and spectators is Macy’s top priority.

In order to avoid gathering large crowds, the annual production will forgo marching down the traditional 2.5-mile route in Manhattan. Instead it will be reimagined over the course of several days as a television-only event leading up to the live Thanksgiving Day broadcast that will feature the breadth of Macy’s signature elements.

Reinvented to safely keep spectators in New York City at home and families nationwide glued to their televisions, the 94th edition of the iconic event ushers in the holiday season with a televised celebration featuring giant character balloons, animated floats, incredible street performances, musical acts and the one and only Santa Claus, broadcast from 34th Street on NBC and Telemundo.

In preparation for this one-of-a-kind celebration, the Macy’s team meticulously reviewed every area of the Parade playbook to put in place enhanced health and safety practices that align with CDC guidelines, as well as local and state government protocols. You can learn more about these safety enhancements here.