The Charlie Brown balloon floats in Columbus Circle during the 91st Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 23, 2017 in New York City.

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Thanksgiving 2018: Heavy traffic on the road, heavy security at the parade

November 21, 2018 - 5:25 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Via plane, train, or automobile it's a crowded Getaway Day 2018.

It's also a slow one.

There were more New Jersey Transit suspensions during the evening rush due to Amtrak overhead wire problems. The NECL and NEC lines came back but were subject to delays of up to an hour.

Those who decided to hot the road were Families gassing up and emptying out at the Vince Lombardi Service Area on the New Jersey Turnpike.


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George Logan and his crew were up from Florida and headed to Harlem.

"It's my mother's birthday the 22nd, so we're here to celebrate her birthday also," he said.

And how does momma cook that turkey?

"She cooks very good," George said.

Momma -- Elorene White will be 90-years-young, and she's still cooking that Thanksgiving turkey.

Those arriving in town for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, can expect to find a packed parade route.

"Hundreds of thousands of spectators turn out for the balloon inflation, and more than 3.5 million will attend the parade on Thursday morning," Police Commissioner James O'Neill.

Security will be tight, but O'Neill said there are no credible threats to the city or the parade.

As for the balloons, the giant ones can't fly if there are sustained winds of 23 miles an hour.

AccuWeather predicts gusts of 12 to 25. The balloons won't fly in gusts higher than 34.