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Street closures for Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

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NEW YORK — Millions of spectators are expected to line the streets of Manhattan Thursday for the 89th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade — and with the added revelers and parade festivities comes a slew of street closures.

Police released details this week about the closures, urging New Yorkers and tourists alike to use mass transit instead of trying to navigate surface streets.

For those volleying to catch a glimpse of the iconic floats, NYPD said no large backpacks, lawn chairs, large coolers or alcoholic beverages will be allowed in the viewing area along the parade route.

Closures and traffic disruptions will begin Wednesday as crews begin inflating the balloons that will travel down Sixth Avenue and onto Central Park West.

Balloon inflation — Wednesday, Nov. 25

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, 81st Street and 77th Street from Central Park West to Columbus Avenue will be closed to all cars, trucks and buses.

Pedestrians can see the balloon inflation from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m. on 81st Street and 77th Street from Central Park West to Columbus Avenue. They can enter the viewing area from the West side of Columbus Avenue at 79th Street.

At 1 p.m. the following street will be closed to vehicular traffic:

  • West 79th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues

Additional vehicular traffic closures at 3 p.m. are as follows:

  • 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)

After 10 p.m., 81st Street and 77th Street from Central Park West to Columbus Avenue as well as Central Park West from 59th Street to 86th Street will be closed to all traffic.

Thanksgiving Day Parade — Thursday, Nov. 26

The 89th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade route. (Photo Credit: Macy's)

The 89th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade route. (Photo Credit: Macy’s)

Formation for the parade will begin at 8 a.m. at the following locations:

  • West 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • West 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • Central Park West between West 77th and 86th Streets

The parade will begin at 9 a.m. from Central Park West and 77th Street and proceed on the following route:

  • South on Central Park West to Columbus Circle
  • South through E/S Columbus Circle to 59th Street
  • East on 59th Street to 6th Avenue
  • South on 6th Avenue to 34th Street
  • West on 34th Street to 7th Avenue – (dispersal area)

Additional closures are as follows:

  • 36th Street between 6th Avenue and 8th Avenue – 2 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • 35th Street between 5th Avenue and 8th Avenue – 2 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Broadway between West 34th Street and West 38th Street – Midnight to 1 p.m.
  • 6th Avenue between West 23rd Street and West 42nd Street – 2 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 7th Avenue from West 34th Street and West 42nd Street – 2 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • 34th Street between 6th Avenue and 8th Avenue – 10 p.m. (Wed) to 5 p.m.
  • 59th Street E/B between 7th Avenue and Central Park West – Midnight to 2 p.m.
  • 59th Street W/B between 5th Avenue and Central Park West – 2 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • 37th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue – 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • 38th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue – 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • 8th Avenue between 34th Street and 40th Street – 4 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Broadway between 38th Street and 59th Street – 4 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • 33rd Street between 7th Avenue and 10th Avenue – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • 39th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • 40th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • 49th Street between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • 50th Street between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Central Park 65th Street/66th Street Transverse Roads 7 a.m. until conclusion

Please note: From 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access:

  • 6th Avenue between West 43rd and West 59th Street
  • 8th Avenue between West 57th Street and West 59th Street
  • Broadway between 49th Street and 57th Street
  • 42nd Street between 5th and 8th Avenue
  • 57th Street between 5th and 8th Avenue