Country Stars Head to NYC for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Eric Church in Dallas for Red Kettle Halftime Show at AT&T Stadium

It was Oct. 3, 1789 when President George Washington issued the first proclamation designating Nov. 26, 1789 as America’s first national day of thanksgiving.

According to the website for his Mount Vernon estate in Virginia, Washington declared that such a day was necessary to give thanks for the Almighty’s care of Americans before the Revolution, assistance to them in achieving their independence and help in establishing the constitutional government. Washington observed the day by attending church in New York City and by donating beer and food to local imprisoned debtors.

At the time, he could have never predicted how much the holiday weekend would grow to include hours of eating, watching football, Black Friday shopping, parades, turkey trots and napping.

Eric Church will be in Dallas to kick off the Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign at halftime when the Dallas Cowboys host the Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. CT.

Previous Red Kettle Kickoff halftime performers include Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire, Randy Travis, Kelly Clarkson, Selena Gomez and Destiny’s Child.

At least five country acts will be in New York City for the the 90th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year including Kelsea Ballerini, Easton Corbin, Brett Eldredge, Miranda Lambert and Maddie & Tae.

This is Eldredge’s second time riding a float in the event. His first trip down the parade route was in 2013. Florida Georgia Line also sang “Cruise” on the telecast that year. Previous country acts who have cruised down the famous parade route include Trace Adkins, Rodney Atkins, Billy Currington, Kellie Pickler, Darius Rucker and Cole Swindell.

The annual event attracts 3 million people to New York City for a chilly Thursday morning of live marching bands, Broadway performances, rolling floats and mega-sized balloons.

The 90th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off Nov. 24 at 9 a.m. in all time zones on NBC.

Here are more photos of country stars in previous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parades:

Trace Adkins

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22:  Country musician Trace Adkins attends the 86th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 22, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic) Taylor Hill/FilmMagic

Rodney Atkins

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 24:  Country singer Rodney Atkins attends the 85th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 24, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic) Taylor Hill/FilmMagic

Billy Currington

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 26:  Singer Billy Currington attends the 83rd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 26, 2009 in New York, New York. Thanksgiving Day is celebrated in Canada and the United States and traditionally it is a time to give thanks for the harvest.  (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images) Ben Hider/Getty Images

Kellie Pickler

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 28:  Country music singer Kellie Pickler waves to people watching on the street from the Discover and NHL's Frozen Fall Fun float in the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 28, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Ron Antonelli/NHLI via Getty Images) Ron Antonelli/NHLI via Getty Images

Cole Swindell

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27:  Singer-songwriter Cole Swindell attends the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Streets of Manhattan on November 27, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Pont/FilmMagic) Mike Pont/FilmMagic

Darius Rucker

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 27:  Darius Rucker attends the 82nd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on the streets of Manhattan on November 27, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/FilmMagic) Mike Coppola/FilmMagic
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