Just as we’re adjusting to the fact that back to school will look a lot different this year, some good news about the holiday season was released. On Thursday, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio said the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will still happen this year, although it will look a bit different due to coronavirus.
On its website, Macy’s announced that the beloved parade will be “reimagined” this fall.
“For more than 90 years, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® has kicked off the holiday season with its signature entertainment spectacle, making it one of the world’s most beloved events,” read the statement.
“Following our successful, safe and innovative production of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks®, it is our intention to similarly reimagine Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this November. Stay tuned for more details later this fall.”
Over July 4th, Macy’s managed to give the city a spectacular display while upholding social distancing rules. Instead of holding one large event attended by huge crowds, fireworks were set off in 5-minute displays over several days.
“I think some is going to be virtual, it might be some small in-person pieces, spread-out pieces. It’s not going to look at all, of course, like what we are used to,” de Blasio said about the Thanksgiving parade. “But the important thing is the traditions will be kept in some way.”
De Blasio also said that the traditional tree lighting at Rockefeller Center would be reimagined to keep New Yorkers and visitors safe and curtail another outbreak.
It’s great to hear that there will be some sense of normalcy and fun to the holidays (even if our kids have yet to even figure out what to be for Halloween!)