July in New York City

by Rosalie Scott

Summer in New York is hot, hot, hot! The temperatures in the city soar in July but so does the excitement … and those who have been cooped up in an office all winter will appreciate getting outside and exploring all the fun activities and cultural events New York has to offer.

Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks
If you are lucky enough to be in New York over the July 4th weekend, you are in for a spectacular treat- the largest fireworks display in America. The Macy’s fireworks start to light up the sky after 9 p.m. and the pyrotechnic spectacle features over 1,000 shells bursting per minute, timed to the beat of the accompanying music. The dazzling show can be viewed from any point in Manhattan with clear views of the sky above the East River. For a completely unobstructed view, consider booking one of the many boat tours that offer a perfect view of the fireworks, the Statue of Liberty, and the New York City skyline.

Midsummer Night Swing
What better way is there to spend a hot summer night than dancing under the stars? For three weeks in July, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts presents its annual Midsummer Night Swing, which transforms Damrosch Park in midtown Manhattan into a rocking dance party. Dance lovers from the most basic beginners to seasoned pros will enjoy the impressive showcase of live bands, orchestras and DJs as they show off their swing, samba or soul moves. The performance schedule is available at www.MidsummerNightSwing.org, and visitors can purchase passes to the events online.

New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks
For travellers looking for free things to do in New York, July is a great time to be in the Big Apple. The world-renowned New York Philharmonic’s Concerts in the Parks series will delight music lovers with its free performances of a selection of arias and symphonies from Mozart, Beethoven and other classic greats. Shows take place in Central Park and other boroughs throughout the city. More free entertainment in New York in July includes free Monday night movies in Bryant Park, NBC’s Today Show concerts at Rockefeller Center, and Central Park’s Shakespeare in the Park.

Central Park Summerstage Series
Central Park in the summer is an oasis of trees, ponds and scenic landscaping in the middle of the hot city. Spend a lovely July evening at the Central Park Summerstage, an outdoor venue featuring a busy schedule of dance, music and theater performances. Concerts showcase both big-name bands and exciting emerging talent. Most shows are free of charge and take place rain or shine. A schedule of events for the season can be found at www.summerstage.org.

Lincoln Center Festival
For three weeks in July, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts presents a festival of performances from internationally acclaimed dance, music and theatre companies. This festival series showcases some of the most exciting talent from around the world, and visitors will be dazzled by experimental theatre, contemporary dance and innovative musical performances. Visit the Lincoln Center’s website at www.lincolncenter.org for a calendar of events and to purchase tickets. Student discounts are available

July weather in New York is typically hot and humid and can be rainy, so remember to stay hydrated and keep an umbrella handy as you explore the city. If you need a break from the heat, keep in mind that New York is also home to some of the most famous (and air-conditioned) museums in the world so consider a visit to cool down with some culture!

 Click for a full list of NYC attractions available at NewYorkJourney.com.

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