Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and it’s a day to be thankful for many things.

There’s tons of turkey, loads of family, and of course, mountains of fun at the 86th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Whether you are staying at home or heading to New York City to watch the parade, get a preview of the action on this site: Social.Macys.com

Find out the parade route, which bubbly balloons will be buzzing by, and which floats will be sailing down the streets in this year’s parade.  Stop at the shop and pick up a souvenir, look at parade photos of year past, or play puzzle games.

There’s plenty of fun to be had this Thanksgiving!

Here are ten fun facts about Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade that you probably didn’t know:

1. Macy’s employees staged the first parade in 1924 – it was so successful that they decided to make it an annual event.

2. The first character balloon to make an appearance at the parade was Felix the Cat in 1927.

3. In 1934 Macy’s worked with Disney for the first time to create the original Mickey Mouse balloon.

4. The only interruption in the parade’s history was from 1942-44. Macy’s gave their parade balloons to the war effort since rubber was so scarce.

5. The parade was first televised in New York in 1945, and that same year the Macy’s parade began using the route that is still followed today.

6. There was a helium shortage in 1958 that forced the balloons to be filled with air and hung from cranes instead of the traditional floating and bobbing.

7. Floats must travel through the Lincoln Tunnel to get to Manhattan for the parade. A 24 foot wide, 40 foot high float has to fold up to an 8 foot wide and 12 1/2 food high float in order to get through. Wow!

8. Balloons go through rigorous testing with engineers to ensure they are aerodynamic and with the character’s creators to make certain they adhere to the character’s likeness and personality.

9. Nine parade telecasts since 1979 have been given the Emmy for outstanding achivement.

10. Last year the parade attracted 2.5 million spectators along the parade route and over 44 million television viewers, making it by far the most widely viewed parade around.

The parade this year will include a Shrek balloon as well as all of your old favorites.  Now that you’ve got your Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade trivia in hand, pop your turkey in the oven and prop your feet up and be sure to tune into this year’s parade at 9 a.m. EST on NBC or visit Social.Macys.com.

Diane Waters is an avid blogger who enjoys sharing her thoughts on family issues, cooking, entertaining, traveling, and pets. She lives in Mesa, Arizona with her two daughters and husband as well as her two dogs and a cat. She believes every day is an adventure and every moment is to be cherished.

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