Thanksgiving Day is quickly approaching, and many people will be out shopping for early Black Friday deals, but others will be home with family. While home with their loved ones, though, it’s time to watch some television, and here is your schedule for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2015, NFL games, and so much more.
Thousands of New Yorkers will be heading out for the 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade which will run on Thursday, November 26. As Macy’s revealed, there will be more than 8,000 participants heading out to travel the streets of Manhattan and thrill the crowd.
Here is the full schedule for Thursday’s parade.
- Date: Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015
- Time: 9 a.m. ET
- TV Coverage: NBC
- Starting Location: 77th Street and Central Park West
- Final Stop: Macy’s Herald Square
- Anchors: Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie, and Matt Lauer of TODAY
- Live Stream: Macy’s Facebook Page or EarthCam
This year’s line-up for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade includes Mariah Carey, Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, Prince Royce, Jordin Sparks, MercyMe, Panic! At the Disco, and many more. Others joining in will be Questlove, the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street, and Miss America 2016.
As usual the Radio City Rockettes will kick things off, but there’s even more. Those watching the parade will be able to catch a sneak peek of The Wiz Live!, which will premiere at 8 p.m. on December 3 on NBC.
There will be four new huge balloons for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2015, and they look awesome.
Three of the new balloons are the DINO of Sinclair Oil, Red from Angry Birds, and Scrat and his acorn from the Ice Age franchise. Along with those three, there will be the fourth version of the Ronald McDonald balloon, which represents the 60th anniversary of McDonald’s.
For the sports fan, there are NFL games throughout the entire day and plenty of competition to be had. Three games will take place and none of them overlap, so you’ll be able to watch one after another on this loaded schedule per NFL.com.
- Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions – 12:30 p.m. ET on FOX
- Carolina Panthers at Dallas Cowboys – 4:30 p.m. ET on CBS
- Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers – 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC
The way this season has gone in the NFL, there are playoff implications in all three games and could tell a lot going into the final month. Oddly enough, all three NFL games on Thanksgiving Day involve only NFC teams, so it could be the last playoff grasp for some of them.
Even though the NFL and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade are synonymous with the big November holiday, there are other things to watch as well.
CBS will air its Thanksgiving Day Parade beginning at 9 a.m. ET on Thursday as well. It is the 55th annual telecast from New York City and will feature performances from Broadway’s Jersey Boys and Beautiful – The Carole King Musical.
There will be the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade also running at 9 a.m. ET, and it will air on WGN. The parade runs down the streets live in Chicago. If you can’t catch it on television, it will be streaming live on WGNTV.com come Thursday morning.
If you’re looking to bring in a Christmas feel a little early, there are plenty of options for that too. Lifetime and Hallmark are already showing plenty of Christmas movies and shows to get you in the spirit. It can help prep you for ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas beginning on December 1.
For some reason, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is airing tonight (Tuesday, November 24) on ABC at 8 p.m. ET and not on Thursday. Even though it is airing a couple days early, it’s well worth taking in to see what a meal of toast, jelly beans, and popcorn is like on Thanksgiving.
The 2015 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, NFL games, and Christmas movies are great ways to enjoy your November holiday. Make sure to tune in for whatever you may want to check out and feel free to channel-jump so you don’t miss a single big balloon or pass into the end zone.
[Image via Macy’s]