Things to do in the City in July

by NYJ Team

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.

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