Thanksgiving can serve the coldest weather in a century, so you could also catch the balloons for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day show on Wednesday afternoon and evening, when it's 40 degrees hot. All action takes place on the Upper West Side, starting at 1 p.m.
There are 16 giant character balloons, like Olaf's Frozen, Chase from Paw patrol, and (Detective) Pikachu. There are also dozens of other novelty balloons, such as Little Cloud and Sunny the Snowpal by Macy.
Some fun facts: the tallest balloon is the Diary of a Wimpy Child at 62 feet; the longest balloon is the 77-foot Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger; and the widest balloon is Jett by Super Wings, with a wingspan of 39 feet. There will be 1,350 handlers all together!
Balloons slowly take shape outside the American Museum of Natural History beginning at 1 pm, but there is a special route: You enter West 73rd Street on Columbus Avenue, walk to Central Park West, go north to West 77th Street and walk around the museum. at West 77th, Columbus and West 81st, finally leaving at West 81st and Central Park West. Here is a useful map if you want to try to navigate through the madness: