Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Balloon Inflation

Wed Nov 24, 2021
12:00pm to 6:00pm ET
All ages

The Macy's Balloon Inflation returns! Watching the giant balloons expand is a tradition for many NYC families—almost as important as the Thanksgiving Day Parade proper. So we're thrilled it's back—with COVID protections in place.

For access, guests must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination in the form of one of the following:

  • Original CDC Vaccination Card Mobile Vaccination App (such as the NYC COVID Safe App, CLEAR Health Pass, NY State Excelsior Pass)
  • Photo of their Vaccination Card
  • A photo ID with a name that matches the proof of vaccination.

A negative test will not be accepted in lieu of vaccination proof. Children under the age of 12 who are not eligible to receive vaccinations may be accompanied by a vaccinated adult.

Attendees are encouraged to social distance and masks are required at all times. Entry to Balloon Inflation can be accessed at 72nd Street and Columbus Avenue. Following the vaccine verification and security check, guests can move through the checkpoint to view the balloons on 77th and 81st Streets.

Get the inside scoop on everything you need to know before going.

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