Things to do in New York City in July are easy to find. There is always a lot to do in the city, but if the weather is good and summer is in full swing, there is no lack of awesome activities, events, festivals and other things to do. Below is a list of our favorite things to do in NYC in July, we are sure that more than one of them will suit your fancy.
Our Recommendations for New York In July
July is among the hotter months in NYC meaning that walking through the large concrete jungle can become very hot and sticky. A great alternative is to use of NYC’s many bike paths along the East or Hudson Rivers where you will always be greeted by a small breeze. However, NYC in July is absolutely beautiful and is a great time to see the city alive and in its full glory. Check out our list of favorite concerts, events and other things to do in NYC in July.
Our Favorite Things to do in NYC in July
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MoMA PS1 Warm Up (July 2019)
The little brother of the Museum of Modern Art, the MoMA PS1, is more unconventional and progressive. Founded in 1971 by Alanna Heiss as a location for alternative art exhibitions, MoMA PS1 is used to exhibit art that Alenna felt had no place in New York’s traditional museums. For many years, these art exhibitions took place in various locations in Manhattan. In 1976 she found an old school in Long Island City, which was perfect for her museum.
In the summer months in New York, there is always a warm-up party in the garden of the museum on Saturdays. The MoMA PS1 Warm Up Parties are very popular with partygoers. This is where the best DJs hang out and you should definitely go for lunch to get in.
The 4th Of July in New York City
4th of July is one of the most important holidays in the USA and is a big deal here in New York City. Independence Day is the celebration of the United States as a free and independent nation. This day commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
The highlight of the day is the fireworks display at Macy’s Flagship store. A total of nearly 40,000 fireworks are launched into the sky for the crowds to enjoy. The display is about 25 minutes long and is by far the most impressive fireworks display in NYC (even more so than the New Year’s Eve fireworks in Times Square). For the first time since 1995, the Brooklyn Bridge will be an essential part of the show. The show is also in sync with a jazz ensemble. July fourth is a great day to be in NYC due to not only the patriotic vibe but the many activities and events that take place on this day.
A great way to spend the 4th of July in New York is by taking a fireworks cruise! You’ll have the most fascinating views of the firework while cruising the East River, maybe even with dinner. As there are too many cruises to choose from, we’ve listed our absolute favorite ones for you
Especially in the summer months, Central Park is NYC’s beautiful backyard. You will find many people using the green space at all times, playing sports, having a stroll, or just soaking up the sun. It is great for the hot and sticky days in July, as you will always find some shade to rest a little. Many New Yorkers use the green field to lounge, relax and escape the big-city bustle for a while.
Check out our article about Central Park, to find out where to go for the most beautiful places to relax and enjoy the tranquility.
Lincoln Center Festival (July –August 2019)
The Lincoln Center Festival is one of the most celebrated and popular festivals of the year. The extraordinary festival will show works and performances by the most renowned artists from all over the world within the three weeks where it takes place. This summer event which was first held in 1967, covers areas such as theater, ballet, dance, and opera. Tickets can be bought here.
July 19 and July 20: “Pinknic” on Governors Island
One of the largest picnics in NYC happened on Governors Island last year: the Pinknic. This year, it will be held on 19th and 20th of July. With lots of pink and a lot of rosé wine, this is going to be an event you don’t want to miss out on. There will be plenty of things to do during the two days where it will take place, live music and incredible views of Manhattan are only two of the features that make this event special. Tickets must be bought in advance since it is a popular event in New York in July. More information, as well as tickets, can be found here.
Manhattanhenge 2019 (Projected July 11 & 12)
Manhattanhenge is a fascinating and beautiful event that occurs only twice a year. The sunset falls in a straight line through the skyscrapers of Manhattan’s East-West streets. There are a few locations where Manhattan henge comes to full fruition, including 42nd Street next to Bryant Park. You will need to be lucky enough to catch Manhattan with clear skies to be able to experience this event to its full potential.
Spend a day at the Beach
July in New York City can get very hot and humid. The lack of a breeze between the skyscrapers in Manhattan does not help either. We recommend hitting the beaches during the summer months. Brighton Beach on Coney Island in Brooklyn is a great way to spend the afternoon if you are looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. The beach section is very popular especially on weekends and attracts countless visitors with its theme parks and golden sand where you can relax and enjoy the sun.
Monday Evenings: Bryant Park Film Festival
One of the best things to happen during the summer months is the Bryant Park Film Festival. Once a week Bryant Park is turned into an open-air cinema for everyone to enjoy free of charge. Behind the Public Library, the green grass is suddenly filled with blankets and people enjoying the warm summer evenings and watching one of the many movies that are put on during the time. The atmosphere in the park is always second to none – if you are looking for a way to spend an evening in July in NYC, this is an event not to be missed!
If you want to secure a spot, make sure to get there by 5PM. The movie usually starts around 8PM when it starts to get dark, however, due to the restricted green space and places to sit the lawn is usually filled with people at this point. Starting mid-May you can find out what movies will be shown during the festival here
From May to August: Shakespeare in the Park
Every Tuesday through Sunday you can watch two of the world’s most famous plays in Central Park. In recent years, some stars have made it to this stage. Celebrities that have participated are Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Al Pacino, Blythe Danner, Philip Seymour Hoffman, George C. Scott and Denzel Washington. The exact show dates will soon be announced.
Panorama Music Festival on Randall’s Island Park (End of July 2019)
One of the best festivals in New York in July is the Panorama Music Festival. This music festival is of the same organization that arranges the famous Coachella Festival event in California, so you know this one will be just as good. For music and festival lovers, the Panorama Music Festival is a must. This years’ lineup is also nothing short of amazing and diverse, with acts like Cardy B, Migos, and Gucci Mane, to Nora En Pure. Tickets can be bought on the website.
The Summer Stage Festival
At this event, you can visit over 100 events & shows for free in 16 parks across New York. It is one of the most popular events in New York in July and a huge attraction for New Yorkers. If you’re in the area during the summer, be sure to check this out.
The Most Popular Things to do in July!
These are the most popular event tickets!
Check out the most popular event tickets in July
If you are looking for the best ways to explore the city and discover what NYC has to offer, you have come to the right place. Below we have detailed the most popular things to do around this time of year as we want to show you the variety of amazing things to do the Big Apple has to offer. Check out the top 5 best selling tickets in July.
Sightseeing FLEX Pass
Bateaux Dinner Cruise
Freestyle Pass NYC
Manhattan Sky Tour
Empire State Building
One World Observatory
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Enjoy the amazing skyline views from the water during the most popular dinner cruise!
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New York in July means lots of outdoor weather. Check out Central Park with a Private Horse and Carriage Ride. For those who do not want to walk in the hot summer weather, then this is an alternative way to check out Central Park.
Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July’s International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island (Free)
A special highlight on Coney Island New York is the annual hot dog eating contest at Nathan’s Famous. Since 1972, people meet each other on the Fourth of July to find out who can eat the most hotdogs in ten minutes.
Sports events in NYC in July
What teams, are playing where?
What Sports are on in July?
See One of NYC’s MLB Teams Play!
Sports usually die down during the summer months. If you’re a huge fan of baseball, however, New York City has two MLB teams, the infamous New York Yankees in the Bronx and the New York Mets in Queens. You can purchase tickets below.