2016 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Street Closures & Delays

2016 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Street Closures & Delays

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a fun, iconic event, but for those who need to travel in and around the city, it can be a big headache.

The balloons get blown up on Wednesday, November 23, and the parade is Thursday, November 24, making the next 2 days a travel nightmare.

To help you navigate it, we have all the details so you know where to go, and not go, while these events are happening.

For the first time in the parades history, due to threats from ISIS, no vehicles will be allowed to cross the parade route, so expect more street closings.

Here is the complete list of closings and times; all times are Eastern.

Wednesday: Starting at 9:30 a.m. no vehicles between 81st Street and 77th Street from Central Park West to Columbus Avenue for the balloon inflation.

1 p.m., West 79th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenue will close.

As of  3 p.m. these streets will be closed:

-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., all traffic will be closed from 81st Street and 77th Street from Central Park West to Columbus Avenue, along with Central Park West from 59th Street to 86th Street.

THURSDAY

The parade begins at 9 a.m. from Central Park West and 77th Street and will take 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

The following streets will close at 8 a.m.:

-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

Additional street closures, starting at midnight, include:

-Broadway between West 34th Street and West 40th 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.

-35th Street between 5th Avenue and 8th Avenue – 2 a.m. to 4 p.m.
-36th Street between 6th Avenue and 8th Avenue – 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

From 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. vehicles will not be able to access:

-6th Avenue between West 33rd and West 59th Street
-8th Avenue between West 57th Street and West 59th Street
-8th Avenue between West 33rd and West 40th Streets
-Broadway between 59th Street and 57th Street
-Broadway between West 34th and West 40th Streets (only escorted deliveries)
-42nd Street between 5th and 8th Avenue
-57th Street between 5th and 8th Avenue

Finally, there’s no parking 5 car lengths from any crosswalk on side streets along the parade route. Parking regulations are in effect.
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Happy Thanksgiving!

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