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Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia

Thursday, November 24, 2022

The oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in the country is back on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway...

Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

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  • Parade begins at 20th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard and ends at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
    Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Overview

A true Philadelphia tradition, the 6abc Dunkin’ Thanksgiving Day Parade is the oldest Thanksgiving parade in the country.

The city streets make way for massive floats, plus local performers from choirs, dance groups, marching bands and more.

And Santa himself arrives in grand fashion, officially ushering Philadelphia into the holiday season.

The parade begins on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2022, at 8:30 a.m., with a 30-minute preview show followed by about three hours of parade and performance time.

The Experience

The annual Thanksgiving Day Parade promises a visual and celebratory feast — and is the perfect holiday treat to partake in with family or friends in Philadelphia.

The eye-catching highlights of the parade are the festive floats and massive balloons, which come in all shapes and sizes and often feature children’s favorite characters.

Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia

  — Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Also making an appearance, as always: Santa Claus.

Santa Claus in the Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia Santa Claus in the Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia

  — Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The annual event also features appearances from special guests and performers from around the region and beyond.

Parade Route

  • Starts at 20th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard
  • Eastbound on John F. Kennedy Boulevard to 16th Street
  • Northbound on 16th Street to Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  • Westbound on Benjamin Franklin Parkway to the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
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Don’t Miss

One of the best places to watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade is at the parade’s finish at the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Eakins Oval is also recommended.

  — Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Other locations along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, like Logan Circle, are also good bets.

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Getting There

The Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade takes place in the heart of Center City, with many prime viewing areas along Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

While metered street parking is free in Philadelphia on Thanksgiving Day, public transportation is still the most reliable way to get there, as many area streets are closed to traffic for the event.

SEPTA Regional Rail, bus, subway and trolley routes are within walking distance of the parade. Bike-share stations are also located nearby.

More Things to Do

The Thanksgiving Day Parade route is just steps away from several other holiday attractions for those looking to indulge in more seasonal fun in Center City Philadelphia.

People wearing masks ice skating at the Rothman Ice RInk in Philadelphia People wearing masks ice skating at the Rothman Ice RInk in Philadelphia

Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink during Winter at Dilworth Park programming next to City Hall   — Photo courtesy Center City District

The Winter at Dilworth Park programming offers five holiday attractions right next to City Hall. Guests can stroll through the Wintergarden on the Greenfield Lawn; cruise around the Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink; relax with drinks and snacks in the Rothman Orthopedics Cabin; shop the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market; and take in the free Deck the Hall Light Show.

Christmas Village in Philadelphia is also based at City Hall, as well as nearby LOVE Park. Be sure to check out the Visit Philadelphia Holiday Tree, a Ferris wheel, a kiddie train and an upgraded double-decker carousel, plus even more shops and a new German beer garden in the City Hall courtyard.

People shop at Christmas Village in Philadelphia People shop at Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Christmas Village in Philadelphia   — Photo courtesy Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Just one block east of City Hall, the Dickens’ Village at Macy’s features a vintage animatronic retelling of A Christmas Carol. The 6,000-square-foot village — which is free! — occupies Macy’s third floor. And don’t forget to return to catch the iconic Macy’s Christmas Light Show.

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