Though we always try to practice gratitude, there’s no more appropriate time to be thankful than at Thanksgiving, itself. And, boy, are we thankful for the bounty of Thanksgiving activities that always mark this holiday in NYC. From the parade, itself, to the Pilgrim Pedal and Feeding NYC … there is something for everyone this month.

Macy’s Day Parade – This is likely not going to be just any other spectacular, balloon-filled parade, but a 90th year anniversary bonanza.  You will see all of your balloon favorites this year as well as some new characters that will float through the sky!  Don’t forget you can watch the balloons come to life the day before the parade! Get all of the details here.

Pilgrim Pedal (with Pancakes!) – This 10-12 mile family bike ride starts and ends in Manhattan but goes through Brooklyn and Queens! Prizes go to best themed bikes and best costumes. One of the best parts of it all: the pancake breakfast for all thereafter! Click here for all of the fun.

Feeding NYC – This is an opportunity to give back as you prepare and deliver food to families in need in NYC. This will be the 15th year of their mission and will surely bring a sense of gratitude amongst the waves of volunteers! It is a great activity for you, a group of friends or you and the kids. Start making a difference here.

Bryant Park Ice Skating – Though not necessarily linked to Thanksgiving, it’s a fantastic opportunity to glide your way into the spirit of the holiday season. Put on your skates, grab some hot chocolate (preferably not at the same time) and enjoy a little ice before it engulfs the city early next year. Ready to lace up, click here for the details!