Despite the summer heat that is prevalent in New York City during July, there is plenty to do and see, making this the perfect location for a trip. Taking advantage of the warm nights and sunny days, organizers have plenty on the cards for New York visitors, and all one needs to do is choose!
What could be more American than celebrating the Fourth of July in a city that knows how to party?! Festivities for this great day range from hot dog eating competitions, cruises and concerts to the much-loved Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Display that begins at around 9 pm. A patriotic flyover by the U.S Air force precedes the magnificent fireworks that have become a symbol of New York. There are also displays dotted around the city, including East River in Midtown and South Street Seaport.
Culinary fans will delight in July’s Restaurant Week, where some of the city’s top eateries present the public with an opportunity to sample their best dishes in the form of three-course lunches for a fraction of the price.
Summer in New York means outdoor festivals and concerts in the many parks around the city – the majority of them for free. The Met Opera in the Parks offers performances of two different operas for visitors to enjoy and the opportunity to meet under the stars, socialize and listen to some of the best music ever written.
Shakespeare in the Park is also an excellent chance for culture-vultures to enjoy the Bard against a New York skyline. This enormously popular event, which attracts 1500 people to each performance, has played to over 4 million since it first began in the 1950s.
Other cultural events include the New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Park, as well as productions at Central Park‘s Summerstage and the HBO/Bryant Park Film Festival.
Although many people tend to avoid New York City in July because of the heat and for the infamous fact that it is the wettest month of the year, there are actually many good reasons to make it your destination for the summer. As long as you know what to expect and what to take along, New York City in July can be a pleasant surprise.
Firstly, remember that average highs are 29 degrees and average lows dip to 21 degrees. With these facts in mind, you should pack for your visit accordingly. Lightweight cotton clothing, comfortable, closed walking shoes and an umbrella are definite essentials. You might also want to pack a light sweater to keep you warm in stores and museums where the air-conditioning might be turned on too high for your liking. Remember to drink a lot more water than you usually do, as you don’t want to dehydrate!
One of the reasons that people visit New York in July is because there is so much to do and see, and many of the events are absolutely free. Check out the schedules for the many outdoor festivals and concerts in the park such as the Met Opera in the Park and Shakespeare in the Park. Don’t forget to pack a picnic blanket to make yourself comfortable on the grass while you watch. The 4th of July is a great day to be in New York and enjoy the festivities, including the traditional Macy’s Fireworks Display. July is also a good month to get in some walking tours.
To get in a different city experience this summer, head to the Big Apple this July and feel like a true local! New York Journey features lots of interesting articles and information along with several hotel reviews.
When it’s time to take a break from serious sidewalk pounding, shopping and site seeing in New York City, there is no better place to do so than in one of a number of luxurious spas dotted across the town. These spas offer visitors a place to unwind, relax and take a break from the hustle and bustle out there.
For holistic rejuvenation and the ultimate in five-star pampering, the spa at the Mandarin Oriental New York is the place to head for. Here, visitors can enjoy 14,500 feet of complete luxury, complete with a naturally-lit pool, a high fitness center, six multifunctional rooms with private showers, and a VIP Spa Suite equipped with everything to spoil the visitor, right down to a fireplace! An amethyst crystal steam room, and oriental tea lounge rounds off the picture in this perfect oasis, 35 floors above the buzzing city of New York.
La Prairie Spa at the Ritz Carlton Central Park in Manhattan is where Swiss perfection greets visitors with their first step through the door. Six treatment rooms offer the very best in terms of beauty and relaxation. From unique facials, jet-lag therapy and body treatments, to Swedish massages and aromatherapy, this Spa has it all. Private trainers and instructors will guide visitors at the 24 hour a day fitness center, which comes complete with a state-of-the-art training room and sauna/steam room.
Finally no visit to New York City spas will be complete without a pampering session at the Four Seasons Hotel Spa, where guests can take their pick from a number of luxurious massages, body treatments and facials, such as the DNA Molecular Regenerator and oxygen cellular renewal. In addition, this location offers whirlpool, sauna and steam facilities to sweep away the stress of the city.
Let me know about your experiences at a New York City hotel spa.