Hess Corporation is an American global independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas. Until it sold its domestic operations in 2014, the company also engaged in oil and gas transportation, operated several refineries and a gas station network, and held interests in several power plants. Hess is known for its toy trucks which have been popular Christmas gift traditions since 1964, and are among the longest running toys on the U.S. market.
History with the Macy's Parade
Hess debuted its own float called "Road to the Future" in the 74th Anniversary Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2000. Each year, the new Hess truck for that year was on the float. The float was renamed "Bridge to the Future" in 2003, and appeared under this name for 12 consecutive years. Performers that performed on the float included (from earliest to latest): Ruben Studdard, Gavin DeGraw, The Click Five, Josh Kelley, Good Charlotte, Push Play, Boys Like Girls, Big Time Rush, Cobra Starship, The Wanted, Cher Lloyd, and The Vamps. Although the marketing of Hess toy trucks continued after the sale of Hess' retail unit, the Hess float did not, and was scrapped promptly thereafter.
- Road to the Future (2000 - 2002)
- Bridge to the Future (2003 - 2014)