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Another reason to travel on Thanksgiving is to view huge Thanksgiving Day parades. The two biggest Thanksgiving parades take place in New York City and Chicago.
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York City
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a Thanksgiving tradition in New York City since 1924. The famous parade takes place on Thanksgiving morning and includes floats, giant inflatable balloons, marching bands, and other performers. The parade is televised nationally, but attending the parade is a must-see for many travelers to New York City. One of the most anticipated activities for visitors to the Macy's Day Parade is attending the balloon inflation, which takes place on the Wednesday before the parade.
McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Chicago
Chicago's Thanksgiving Day Parade, sponsored by McDonald's, has been a tradition in that city since 1934. The parade, which features bands, balloons, and floats and attracts about half a million spectators annually, goes through the heart of downtown Chicago on State Street.