Thanksgivukkah, Macy's Parade and More

Aside from preparing for the once in a lifetime crossing of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, spending quality time with family and friends is always something to look forward to. Enjoy a well thought out meal, relax on the couch for an afternoon of football, or travel to an exotic destination if that's more your speed. Staying in town or visiting New York City? The 87th Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade is a must see. Giant balloon floats, marching bands from around the country all line up to mesmerize the spectators. Hitting the streets of Manhattan since 1924, this magical event never gets old and is a huge staple of the holidays in New York City. Watch the parade live from your hotel or on the parade route if you're in town or tune in to NBC.  The Macy's Parade begins at 9 am on Thursday and lasts for about three hours, kicking off at 77th Street and Central Park West on the southeast corner of the American Museum of Natural History and ending at 7th Avenue and 34th Street.  

Get acquainted with your local businesses The Long Island City Business Community has some exciting upcoming events, making this holiday weekend all the more exciting. American Express is sponsoring Small Business Saturday on November 30 where small businesses throughout the city and country are offering special deals, which get cross-promoted through the Amex program. The promo can also be customized for individual businesses or neighborhoods using resources provided on the Small Business Saturday website.

Take advantage of a free ride Headquartered in Long Island City, Uber, an app-based car service company is also coordinating promotions through their offer of free rides to Queens on November 29, 30 and December 1. Uber is looking to partner with local restaurants, café's, bars, etc. Businesses would offer a deal that could be accessed when patrons show their Uber receipt to Queens. They will be actively promoting the businesses to the 300K+ New Yorkers who use their service as a preferred Uber partner. And 8 local restaurants are participating in a food-tasting crawl on Saturday, Nov 30 come out and show your support!

Other exciting events  Holiday Inn Manhattan View LIC has joined the Clean the World foundation. The organization is committed to the prevention of death caused by acute respiratory infection and diarrheal disease across the globe. Clean the World recycles donated soap and shampoo so those less fortunate can practice good personal hygiene and hand washing. LIC Flea Market opens in December and runs three weekends in December 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 days and hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 6pm Don't forget to follow us on Twitter @holidayinnlic and Like us on Facebook!