Intro: How to Watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Without Cable
It’s been a holiday tradition since 1924 and it’s once of the most-watched television events of the year. In the streaming era you may wonder, though, how to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade without cable?
This article will break down all your best options!
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The Basic Details
The festivities kick off at 8:45AM Eastern Time in New York City, with the parade being broadcast on NBC and CBS from 9:00AM-12:00PM Eastern Time.
NBC’s coverage will be hosted by The Today Show’s Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, and Al Roker. Performers include Paula Abdul, Big Time Rush, Gloria Estefan, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, Mario Lopez, Lea Michele and the cast of Funny Girl, the Radio City Rockettes, the cast of Sesame Street, Jordin Sparks, Dionne Warwick, and, for those on the nice list only, Santa Claus.
There will be 16 giant balloons this year including Grogu, Pikachu, and, for the first time, a Minion. Among the 28 floats will be ones from the streaming services Netflix and Apple TV+.
Watch on Peacock
The most affordable way to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is with Peacock. At just 99 cents a month for Peacock Premium and $5.99 a month for Peacock Premium Plus as part of their Black Friday sale- this is steal!
Subscribers to both the Premium and Premium Plus plans will get live access to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Starting on November 30th, Premium Plus subscribers will also get 24/7 access to their local NBC station, too!
And if you want to get your holiday binge on, Peacock now includes full access to the Hallmark Channel for all subscribers.
Watch on Paramount+
While NBC may be the “official” broadcaster of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, CBS airs the parade, too. And subscribers to the Premium plan with Paramount+ get full access to their local CBS station, including their broadcast of the parade on Thanksgiving day.
As part of their Black Friday deal, you can get an annual subscription to Paramount+ for 50% off, which includes a free trial.
Or you can also subscribe to their monthly plan for the regular price of $9.99 a month after a seven day free trial, too.
Watch with a Live TV Streaming Service
Several live TV streaming services include CBS and NBC as part of their lineup. With these services you will have a wide range of channels including sports, news, and entertainment like what you would find with cable. Unlike cable, though, there’s no long-term commitment or equipment needed since everything streams over the internet.
This chart breaks down which live TV streaming services include CBS or NBC.
|Service||CBS?||NBC?||Price||Free Trial?||Sign-Up Link|
|YouTube TV||Yes||Yes||$54.99 1st 3 mos, $64.99 after||Yes (14 days)||Sign Up Here|
|Hulu + Live TV||Yes||Yes||$69.99 a month (includes |
Disney+, Hulu, & ESPN+)
|No||Sign Up Here|
|fuboTV||Yes||Yes||$69.99 a month |
off 1st month)
|Yes (7 days)||Sign Up Here|
|DIRECTV Stream||Yes||Yes||$69.99 a month ($30 |
off with code SCORE)
|Yes (5 days)||Sign Up Here|
(in select markets)
|$30 for 1st month|
w/ free Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite
for Black Friday
|No||Sign Up Here|
*Sling TV has NBC stations in Chicago, Boston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Hartford/New Haven, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose, Washington D.C., and San Diego
Final Thoughts: How to Watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Without Cable
How do YOU plan to watch this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? Let us know in the comment section below!