See the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Inflation with Kids Submitted by Jody Mercier on Sun, 11/06/2016 - 10:30am Thanksgiving in New York City wouldn’t be what it is without the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. If you’re eager to take your kids to glimpse those giant balloons and don’t want to rise before dawn, visit the area near the American Museum of Natural History on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 to watch the giants come to life. While the balloon inflation isn't crowd-free, it’s an only-in-New York event all its own—and a must-do holiday event for families. Read on for tips on when to go and where to eat. In need of more holiday inspiration? Visit our Thanksgiving Fun Guide. Read more.