Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Macy’s famous Thanksgiving Day Parade won’t be happening as usual this year, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio first announced during a press conference Monday morning.
It will not be the same parade we’re used to, he said. It will be a different kind of event. They’re reinventing the event for this moment in history, and you will be able to feel the spirit and the joy of that day on television, online. Not a live parade, but something that will really give us that warmth and that great feeling that we have on Thanksgiving Day.
Macy’s believes in celebration and the joy of marking milestone moments with family and friends. The Macy’s Parade is our love letter and gift to the City of New York and the nation. Under the unique challenges of these unparalleled times, we felt it was important to continue this cherished holiday tradition that has been the opening act to the holiday season for generations of families,” Susan Tercero, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, said in the press release.
While it will certainly look different in execution, this year’s Macy’s Parade celebration will once again serve its historical purpose — to bring joy into the hearts of millions across the nation.
Rather than its traditional firework display for the Fourth of July, Macy’s held a weeklong series of five-minute firework shows around New York City for the holiday. The idea was to limit crowds gathering to watch the show and to promote social distancing.