There is a good reason why New York is called the city that never sleeps: there is always something going on in New York City! Events you should not miss are summarized for you here. You can see special events by season, or you can select the month you are traveling.
We have also included the most important events and parades such as St. Patrick’s Day, the Thanksgiving Parade, and the festive lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. You can find everything that is happening in NYC here. Have fun browsing!
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Special Events & Holidays in New York
Valentine’s Day in New York (February)
Circle February 14 in bright red on your travel calendar: it is the day for lovers! Find out what you can do on this day.
New York Fashion Week (February and September)
New York City Fashion Week takes place every year in February (fall/winter fashion for the next season) and September (spring/summer fashion for the next season). New York is the first of the five major fashion cities to open the season. The other four are London, Milan, Paris, and Berlin. Numerous designers present their collections in rapid succession to the international media, packed audiences, important buyers, film stars, and other celebrities.
St Patrick’s Day
The great St. Patrick’s Day with its famous parade is always celebrated in New York in March. During this time, you will feel as though the city has more Irish inhabitants than local New Yorkers! As the saying goes: All New Yorkers are Irish! But what is actually celebrated on the holiday? The Irish bishop, Patrick, who died March 17, 461. He is the patron saint of Ireland and, at the time, was the first Christian missionary in Ireland. St. Patrick’s Day is a catholic holiday that was created in his honor.
Memorial Day (May)
Memorial Day is an important day for Americans and honors all soldiers who have fallen in their service to the United States. The reason a special day has been dedicated to honoring armed forces personnel is this: there is a big difference between the perception of the armed forces in the United States vs. the United Kingdom.
In the United States, people are proud to serve their country and most families are pleased when one of their children joins the armed forces which in many cases, continues a family tradition. National pride is very strongly and openly displayed in the United States. Therefore Memorial Day has a strong presence. Many families visit gravesites and official memorials; there are many events and parades.
4th of July – Independence-Day (July)
The fourth of July is one of the most important holidays. Independence Day is celebrated as the birthday of the United States as a free and independent nation. This day is in remembrance of the signing of the U.S. Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The holiday is famous for its huge parade and gigantic fireworks display.
Halloween – was originally a Celtic tradition, but today it is specially celebrated in the United States. Every year in October countless children and adults in frightening costumes hit the streets, go from door to door. Halloween is no longer just a holiday for kids – the City is decorated with pumpkins and lanterns, the front doors of houses are reminiscent of scenes in a horror film, and there are lots of crazy events and parades. New York City, of course, does it better than everyone else.
New York Marathon (November)
The lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center (November)
Every November, all of New York eagerly awaits the official start of the Holiday season. Christmas is not a topic of conversation until the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center is officially lit. Even though it is winter in New York, the Holiday season does not really begin until the legendary and impressive tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center Plaza has taken place. The tree lighting ceremony often features top musical talents (Lady Gaga, Maria Carey, Tony Bennett, …) as well as dance acts.
Thanksgiving & Macy’s Parade (November)
Thanksgiving is a big celebration in the United States and is the precursor to many Christmas-related events. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. It is the biggest family holiday and includes a traditional turkey feast. This tradition dates back to the 16th century – exactly what year is unclear. The Friday following Thanksgiving is called “Black Friday“ – retailers offer incredible deals on their merchandise on this day. Black Friday is the official start of the holiday shopping season (here you will find the best shopping destinations in the City!) and NYC begins to shine in its Holiday splendor.
Christmas in New York (December)
Experience New York and its many attractions during a very special time of the year: Christmas! New York during Christmas is a truly spectacular sight – night turns into day and there is no better time for a tour through the lit-up city than during the Holidays. Of course, it is also a great time to do some Christmas shopping and to stroll through Christmas markets. Santa con is also not to be missed. This is when thousands of people dress like Santa Clause and hit the streets of NYC!
New Year’s in New York (December)
This is how New York celebrates New Year’s Day: Do you happen to be in town then? Congratulations! Many will be jealous because this is a great time for your vacation in the Big Apple. While Christmas is over, the City is still fully decorated and all of New York prepares for one of the biggest events of the year: New Year’s Eve. But many ask the question: how do you spend New Year’s Day in the city that never sleeps. Is it really that difficult to do something because most businesses are closed? Where are all the New Yorkers on New Year’s Day?