Thanksgiving Day 2023
Thanksgiving Day, a cherished celebration in the United States, is just around the corner, set to take place on Thursday, November 23rd, 2023. As families and friends gear up for the festivities, one of the most anticipated events of the day is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. In this detailed article, we’ll explore the history of Thanksgiving, the significance of the day, and all the crucial details surrounding the parade – from its route and timings to ticket prices, performance lineup, and online streaming options.
Thanksgiving Day History:
Thanksgiving Day’s origins can be dated back to 1863, marked by President Abraham Lincoln’s proclamation designating the fourth Thursday of November as a national day of gratitude, a pivotal moment occurring during the Civil War.The intention was to foster unity in the country. In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the celebration to the fourth Thursday of November, aiming to provide additional time for Christmas shopping. This decision initially faced opposition but eventually gained acceptance, leading to the formal establishment of Thanksgiving Day as a national holiday in 1941.
Importance of Thanksgiving Day:
Thanksgiving is a time for expressing gratitude, not only to a higher power but also to each other. Families and friends come together to share a traditional dinner, count their blessings, and make each other feel special. While traditionally an American holiday, Thanksgiving celebrations have extended to other parts of the world, including India, where Western India has observed the day with dinner parties, gift exchanges, and expressions of thanks.
Why is Thanksgiving Celebrated on Thursdays?
Thanksgiving consistently falls on the fourth Thursday of November. This tradition dates back to President Lincoln’s gratitude proclamation during the Civil War, setting aside the final Thursday of November for the celebration. Despite some alterations in the 1930s, the holiday has remained on the fourth Thursday since then, providing a consistent time for Americans to come together in gratitude.
All About Thanksgiving Parade 2023:
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a highlight of the festivities, drawing spectators from all over. Starting at West 77th and Central Park West, the parade winds through Central Park West, Columbus Circle, Central Park South, and Sixth Avenue and concludes on 34th Street at Macy’s Herald Square Flagship.
Balloon and float elements for the 2023 Parade will be unveiled on November 1st, featuring new additions such as Beagle Scout Snoopy, Blue Cat & Chugs, Luffy from One Piece, and floats like Wonka and Solo Stove. Grandstand tickets, unfortunately, are sold out, but public viewing is available on the west side of the street starting at 75th Street.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2023 Details:
- Date: November 23rd, 2023
- Time: 8:30 a.m. to noon (all time zones)
- Re-broadcast: 2-5:30 p.m. on NBC
- Hosts: “Today” show anchors Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, and Al Roker, with Carlos Adyan and Andrea Meza on Telemundo.
How to Watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade:
The parade will air on NBC and Telemundo, with a livestream available on Peacock. The festivities, lasting 3 ½ hours, promise an early start with Grammy- and Oscar-winning musician Jon Batiste leading the way and Cher headlining the event.
Performance Lineup and Balloon Highlights:
The star-studded parade will feature performances by Bell Biv DeVoe, Brandy, Chicago, En Vogue, Enhypen, David Foster, Katharine McPhee, and many more. In addition to returning favorites like Grogu from “The Mandalorian” and “Paw Patrol’s” Chase, the parade will introduce new balloons such as Beagle Scout Snoopy, Blue Cat & Chugs, Po from “Kung Fu Panda,” Leo from Netflix’s “Leo,” Monkey D. Luffy from “One Piece,” and others.
As Thanksgiving Day approaches, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade stands ready to usher in the holiday season with joy, music, and iconic floats. Whether you’re fortunate enough to attend in person or plan to enjoy the festivities from the comfort of your home, this year’s parade promises to be a memorable event for all.