The event, which typically attracts thousands of visitors has been drastically scaled back for 2020 amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio broke the news Monday during his daily press briefing.
“It will be a different kind of event," he said.
"They’re reinventing the event for this moment in history, and you’ll be able to feel the spirit and the joy of that day on television, online,” he added.
“Not a live parade but something that will really give us that warmth and that great feeling we have on Thanksgiving Day.”
Macy's, on its own website, vowed to "reimagine" the parade, noting its “successful, safe and innovative production of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks” as an example of maintaining tradition with the new safety protocols.
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