Learn when the Philly Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off and where! Photo courtesy of WPVI-TV 6abc
Learn when the Philly Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off and where! Photo courtesy of WPVI-TV 6abc

Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade 2019: Start Time, Parade Route, and Info

The Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day parade is one of the oldest local holiday traditions. In fact, the parade celebrates its 100th birthday in 2019! But maybe your Philly family has never tried it.

Read on for our guide to this year's parade, including the start time, parade route, and ticket information. Visiting from out of town? Check out these top Philly hotels for families. And, by the way, we've rounded up Philadelphia restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner, so if you're too busy watching the 6abc Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade to prep the big meal, call in your reservation instead!

When Does the Philly Thanksgiving Day Parade Start?

Known as the nation's oldest Thanksgiving Day parade, the 6abc Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade celebrates its 100th anniversary at this year's event. The 1.4 mile parade takes place on Thursday, November 28, 2019 beginning at 8:30 AM. Starting at 20th Street and JFK Parkway, the parade heads east to 16th Street. Then, it proceeds to JFK Parkway, following the left side of Logan Circle as it makes its way to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


Even Santa will be at the parade! Photo courtesy of Chris Ann May

Where to Watch the Philly Thanksgiving Day Parade?

Paradegoers can line the streets to watch the parade for free. Of course, the best seats are in the grandstands, but these tickets are extremely limited. Remember to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating along the parade route. Guests anticipate seeing amazing floats, balloons featuring beloved characters, marching bands from local schools, dance teams, and choirs. Traditionally, the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art are covered in festive red, green, and white as performers entertained the crowds. However, new colors and designs on the steps are set to be revealed.


Marching bands are always a favorite at the Philly Thanksgiving Day Parade. Photo courtesy of WPVI-TV 6abc

When parking, metered spaces are free; but, it is important to be aware that no parking is in effect along the parade route starting on Wednesday. If looking for garage parking, be sure to reference the Philadelphia Parking Authority's Parking Locator for exact garage locations and hours. Another alternative is public transportation or staying over at a local hotel the night before.

So, Philadelphia, let's get ready to celebrate the official kickoff to the holiday season. Enjoy your Thanksgiving!