Thanksgiving is one of the most celebrated holidays in the US, and the epicentre of the holiday is right in downtown New York City. If you want to learn what Thanksgiving truly means to Americans, then it's not too late to book your tickets to the Big Apple.

Thanksgiving in New York

Thanksgiving is seen as the kickoff of the holiday season in the States, and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is the event that sets everything in motion.

People tune in to watch the parade, which is rife with musical performances, extravagant floats and massive balloons on TV, but nothing can compare to seeing the show pass by right before your eyes.

This is a popular event, especially for families, and accommodation sells out quickly, but you may be able to find last-minute hotel bookings. Additionally, even if you can't stay near Times Square in Manhattan, where the main event takes place, you should be able to find hotels in one of New York's other lovely boroughs, such as Brooklyn or Queens.

(If you do bring the kids, or even the grandkids, remember that children go free on Cover-More's Travelsure plan.)

This year's parade

The 2014 parade, which takes place on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, has quite the lineup. Actress Kristin Chenoweth will be there, along with a number of professional sports player and musical guests Gavin McGraw, The Roots performing with Jimmy Fallon and the cast of Sesame Street, and The Goo Goo Dolls.

Kids will love the giant balloons that float down some of New York's most famous streets. This year, in addition to the classic balloons such as Hello Kitty, Papa Smurf and Pikachu, parade-goers will get to see a 47-foot hot air balloon carrying the Wizard of Oz himself - a tribute to the 75th anniversary of the classic film of the same name.

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