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Best Thanksgiving Day Parades In the US

While the final countdown before the holiday season begins, we found the best way to cheer your way into 2023 Thanksgiving Day. Wacky characters from pop culture and humongous helium balloons bedeck all towns and cities while they parade through the streets and spread joy across the country. And if you want to be part of all the local brouhaha, we recommend you participate in these stunning best thanksgiving day parades in different parts of the US. Brave the cold, surpass the odds and head home for a succulent turkey dinner with all its decors and trimmings when the romps and antics are over.3

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1. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, New York

The Thanksgiving Day Parade, which stirs up many emotions while moving through midtown Manhattan, is a sight to behold. Cheerleaders, enormous floats, giant balloons, celeb singers, and marching bands make their way through this high street of New York City as the old and new keep watching on. Gear up in comfy shoes, and a layer of clothes depending on the weather, look out for the cafes nearby and blend with the cheering crowd.

You can stay at these hotels for the best views:

The Ritz Carlton

Warwick New York

JW Marriot Essex House

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, New York

2. America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit, Michigan

The Comeback city of America, Detroit, boasts a tradition that began as early as 1924. Being one of the oldest Thanksgiving Day Parades, you can expect to squeeze through a massive crowd with giant balloons, famous characters, marching bands, decorated floats, dance troupes, clowns, and so much more. And if you are lucky, you might even catch Mr. Clause with his elves, spreading some fun and frolic before the yuletide season officially sets in.

While this program is broadcast widely across many channels, you can always stay at these properties if you want to see it in person:

DoubleTree Suites

Atheneum Suite Hotel

The Westin Book Cadillac

America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit, Michigan

3. Chicago Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago, Illinois

This destination is pretty cold during the winter. Carry warm clothes and prepare for a three-hour parade that winds through downtown Chicago to Congress Parkway and Randolph Street. Check out the stunning thematic helium balloons, massive in size, and cheer away to the marching bands and entertainers that brave the cold in their fancy costumes. Carry a ladder for the little ones and some snacks if you want to avoid stepping into a cafe or restaurant during Chicago Thanksgiving parade.

If you are around, you can stay at these hotels:

theWit Chicago


Hampton Inn Majestic

Chicago Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago, Illinois

4. H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade in Houston, Texas

 As important as the turkey at dinner, the H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade started in 1949. Make a beeline for the best spot to view the parade that features the mandatory giant balloons, cheerleaders, local law enforcement, gorgeous floats, clowns, marching bands, musicians, and everyone super enthusiastic about the parade. We suggest staying on San Jacinto Street for the best views of the Houston thanksgiving parade.

If you are traveling, here are the suggestions for a stay to witness this celebration in Houston:

Hyatt Regency Houston Galleria

Houston Garden Inn

Sheraton Houston Brookhollow

H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade in Houston, Texas

5. 6abc Dunkin’ Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Starting from the intersection of JFK Boulevard and 20th Street, the 6abc Dunkin’ Thanksgiving Day Parade takes pride in its bands. High schools, Universities, and other special marching bands participate in this parade. Gawk at the colors, the giant balloons, and the celeb appearances. Like most other popular parades, this, too, features characters from pop culture, animated movies, comic books, and TV series.

If you are in town, you can put up at the following properties for a lovely stay:

The Logan Philadelphia

Best Western Plus Philadelphia Convention Center Hotel

Four Seasons Hotel At Comcast Center

6abc Dunkin' Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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