Thanksgiving is one of the most widely celebrated holidays in America. Every year on the last Thursday in November, family and friends gather to enjoy good food, express gratitude, and welcome in the holiday season. What better way to celebrate American heritage than to spend this holiday in one of America’s most famous cities?

New York City offers tourists countless activities and attractions year-round. But while many shops and restaurants will be closed come Turkey Day, these attractions will be open for those who choose to spend the day out and about in the city!

1. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is perhaps the most iconic event of the Thanksgiving holiday. It started in 1924 and has been televised nationally since 1952.  Instead of watching it on television, be why not be part of the festivities? Prepare to be amazed by the giant floats gliding along the streets, dancing groups, and spectacular musical performances. Past performers have included Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Kanye West, and Jessica Simpson. The parade lasts for three hours and begins at 9:00 am EST, but be sure to arrive early, as there will be many other people waiting for a front row view of the Snoopy float!

Turkey Float – flickr: martha_chapa95

2. Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise

A cruise down the Hudson River will give you a unique view of one of the world’s most famous skylines. Why spend the day shuffling to and from attractions when you can sit back and enjoy the view from the water? Choose a full-island tour around the island to see the best of New York, or a speed boat tour that zooms you to the Statue of Liberty. Wine, beer, and cocktails are available on board for those of age.

New York Skyline – flickr:

3. Madame Tussaud’s

Located in the iconic Times Square, Madame Tussaud’s in New York City offers a unique experience for the entire family. Get up close and personal to stars like Lady Gaga and Jimmy Hendrix, or pose with members of the royal family without having to fly to the UK! The kids can unlock their own superpowers alongside the Hulk and Spider-Man in the Marvel Superhero 4D experience.

Madame Tussauds NY – flickr: 34639903@N03

4.  Thanksgiving Late Lunch Cruise

Want to avoid cooking altogether and try something new? This year, take a break from the traditional turkey and mashed potato meal and try a Thanksgiving Cruise with Hornblower Cruises & Events. You will be greeted on board with a glass of sparkling wine and enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving buffet. The vessel will be decorated in the holiday spirit, include a DJ, and the cuisine will include all the Thanksgiving favorites. For the football fan in your family, there will be flat screen TVs to watch the game! What more could you ask for?

New York Cruise – flickr: wordridden

However you decide to spend Thanksgiving day, be sure to visit us for more discounts on hundreds of attractions. You’ll be thankful you did!