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Thanksgiving parade traffic guide: Manhattan street closures and times

Check this list of street closures before you head out this Thanksgiving.

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will shut down

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will shut down dozens of streets in Manhattan on Thursday. Photo Credit: EPA / Peter Foley

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will make its way through Manhattan on Thursday.

But while paradegoers are treated to performances, floats and those famous larger-than-life balloons, people trying to get around the city (or to leave it all together) will have a hard time navigating the streets. Some roads will be closed starting Wednesday morning.

Be prepared: Check this list of street closures before you head out this Thanksgiving weekend.

The following street will be closed at 8 a.m. Wednesday, per the city Department of Transportation: West 73rd Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

The following streets will be closed beginning noon Wednesday:

  • Central Park West from West 73rd to 85th streets
  • West 74th Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West 
  • West 75th Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West
  • West 76th Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West
  • West 77th Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West
  • West 78th Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West
  • West 80th Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West
  • West 81st Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West
  • West 82nd Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West
  • West 83rd Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West
  • West 84th Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West
  • West 85th Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West
  • Central Park Transverse Road at Central Park West and West 81 Street

Note: After 10 p.m., 81st Street and 77th Street will be closed from Central Park West to Columbus Avenue. Central Park West will be closed from 59th to 86th streets, per the Department of Transportation.

The following streets will be closed at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day: 

Formation:

  • 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

Parade route: 

  • Central Park West between 81st Street and the East Side of Columbus Circle/59th Street
  • Columbus Circle between 59th Street and Broadway
  • Broadway between 59th and 58th streets
  • 59th Street between Columbus Circle and Sixth Avenue
  • Sixth Avenue between 59th and 34th streets
  • 34th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues

The following streets will be closed between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.:

  • Sixth Avenue between West 33rd and West 59th streets
  • Eighth Avenue between West 57th and West 59th streets
  • Eighth Avenue between West 33rd and West 40th streets
  • Broadway between 59th and 57th streets
  • Broadway between West 34th and West 40th streets (only escorted deliveries)
  • 42nd Street between Fifth and Eighth avenues
  • 57th Street between Fifth and Eighth avenues

Additional closures for Thursday:

  • Broadway between West 34th and West 40th streets (midnight to 1 p.m.)
  • Sixth Avenue between West 23rd and West 42nd streets (2 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
  • Seventh Avenue from West 34th and West 42nd streets (2 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)
  • 34th Street between Sixth and Eighth avenues (10 p.m. Wednesday to 5 p.m. Thursday)
  • 59th Street eastbound between Seventh Avenue and Central Park West (midnight to 2 p.m.)
  • 59th Street westbound between Fifth Avenue and Central Park West (2 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
  • 35th Street between Fifth and Eighth avenues (2 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • 36th Street between Sixth and Eighth avenues (2 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
  • 37th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue (4 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
  • 38th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue (4 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
  • Eighth Avenue between 34th and 40th streets (4 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)
  • Broadway between 38th and 59th streets (4 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)
  • 33rd Street between Seventh and 10th avenues (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
  • 39th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
  • 40th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
  • 49th Street between Fifth and Seventh avenues (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
  • 50th Street between Fifth and Seventh avenues (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
  • Central Park 65th Street/66th Street Transverse Roads (7 a.m. until conclusion of parade)

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