Things To Do In New York In July

What is there to do in July in New York?

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28. February 2020
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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 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.


☀️ The absolute Best Things To Do in July in NYC

Things to do in New York City in July are easy to find. There is always a lot to do in the city especially if the weather is good and summer is in full swing. There is no lack of awesome activities, events, and festivals. 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. 

1. July: MoMA PS1 Warm Up

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.

2. Spending 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.

3. Take a 4th of July Fireworks Cruise in NYC

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.

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4. Nathan’s Famous 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island

Hot dog in brooklyn

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.

More about Coney Island

5. Recharge and Soak up the Sun in Central Park

Overview of Central Park

Especially in the summer months,  Central Park is NYC’s beautiful backyard. You will find many people using 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.

Central Park in NYC

6. TBD: “Pinknic” on Randall’s Island

This event is one of the largest picnics in NYC that happened on Randall’s Island last year, the Pinknic. 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.

7. Manhattanhenge 2020

Manhattanhenge in NYC

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 Manhattanhenge comes to full fruition, including 42nd Street-Bryant Park. The weather needs to cooperate on this day as well. You will need clear to very minimal clouds in the sky to be lucky enough to catch the event and experience it to its full potential.

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8. July 18: Fashion on the Hudson

New York Fashion Week 2018Attention all fashionistas! Have you always wanted to go to a real fashion show? In the fashion metropolis, this dream can come true. In the middle of July, there is the fashion of the “independents”. Tickets for the fashion show are available here.

9. Spend a day at the Beach and Boardwalk

Coney Island Boardwalk

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. So what can you do to combat the heat during the summer in NYC? We recommend hitting the beaches. 

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. So come by to relax and enjoy the sun.

Brighton Beach & Coney Island

10. Monday Evenings: Bryant Park Film Festival

Bryant Park Movie Night

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 5 PM. The movie usually starts around 8 PM 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.

11. 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.

12. July 23: National Hot Dog Day

If you’re really into hot dogs, then this day is for you. Whether at one of the many hot dog stalls on the city streets or in Coney Island at Nathan’s Famous, Make sure to celebrate National Hot Dog Day with a hot dog in NYC.

13. Staten Island South Beach

If you’re on the Staten Island Ferry to see the Statue of Liberty, spend a little while on it. Get off at Staten Island and visit the beautiful South Beach. From May to September there are regular events and fireworks, which makes the beach on Staten Island a true insider. More information about the beach on Staten Island can be found here.

14. Visit Governors Island

Governors Island

It’s one of the best getaways in the city. The small island in the New York Harbor offers stunning views of the city, lots of green space and every year Governors Island hosts many unique events. Take your chances to visit this beautiful place until Labor Day this year. Then, Governors Island closes for the season until next year.

Things to do on Governors Island

15. July 24: National Tequila Day

Enjoy one of the best tequila in one of the city’s many Mexican restaurants. Our absolute favorite Mexican in Lower Manhattan is still El Vez. Choose from one of the many tequilas from the menu. There are delicious guacamole, burritos, and tacos. Find out more about the best Mexican food in the city here.

16. The Summer Stage Festival

The Summerstage festival in Central Park

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 incredible event out.

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17. See One of NYC’s MLB Teams Play!

Yankees Study in the Bronx

Sports usually die down during the summer months. If you’re a huge fan of baseball, however, New York City has two MLB teams. They are the famous New York Yankees in the Bronx and the New York Mets in Queens. Either team offers a fun day or night with lots of baseball, beers, and music.

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18. July 11: New York E-Prix: FIA Formula E

Sabrina was there herself last year and was thrilled. The ABB FIA Formula E Championship returns to New York City for another round of close combat, wheel-to-wheel all-electric racing. The race cars are fully electronically operated and look like the genuine Formula 1 car. Just without great soundscape. The event takes place in Red Hook and is one of the summer highlights in New York.


19. Celebrate Bastille Day

On July 14, New York celebrates French Independence Day. Throughout the city, many events take place which revolve around the theme of France. Most events are free and many are family-friendly as well. Make sure to enjoy French cuisine, (The Little Prince in SoHo), live music and many street parties spread all over the city.

20. Summergarden at the MoMA

Museum of Modern Art RestaurantsEvery Sunday in New York in July, the famous Museum of Modern Art hosts free concerts in the museum’s beautiful Sculpture Garden. The event series is called “Summergarden” and is very popular, so it comes in any case on time. The Museum of Modern Art established Summergarden in 1971.

In keeping with MoMA’s history of presenting jazz and classical music in the Sculpture Garden, this year’s concert series once again welcomes the participation of The Juilliard School and Jazz at Lincoln Center. It starts at 8 PM doors open at 7 PM.  The museum is closed during this time.

21. Take a Dinner cruise

NYC bateaux Lunch Cruise Statue of Liberty

We have tested many dinner cruises in New York for you. One of the best ones that we liked is the Bateaux Dinner Cruise. With a glass roof, the ship heads for the Brooklyn Bridge. Especially in good weather, in the summer month of July, the wine or Prosecco can be enjoyed on the deck of the boat. It makes the experience even better. Enjoy the sunset and have an unforgettable time.

dinner cruises in NYC 

22. Visit one of the many rooftop bars in New York

B. On Top Rooftop BarJuly is one of the best months to do what New Yorkers love to do the most in the summer. Rooftop bar hopping. There are so many really amazing places to go to and it’s a perfect time to visit one of New York City’s grandiose rooftop bars during the summer. 

Best rooftop bars in NYC

23. Restaurant Week in New York City

NYC Restaurant Week

Restaurant Week in New York is very popular among locals. Why? This week you can visit the best restaurants in the city and eat for a fixed price that is well below the regular prices of the restaurants. We have written a detailed article about Restaurant Week for you.

 Detailed information

24. Head down the shore

Things-to-do-Jersey-Shore Belmar BeachDid you know that New Jersey has some of the most beautiful beaches in the country? There is a reason why many locals head down the shore every weekend to relax, spend time with their friends on the beach and have fun night activities. From Asbury Park to Atlantic City, the shore has many great things to offer.

Things to do at the Jersey Shore

Top tours in July in New York

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One of the most popular tours in New York during which you discover many locations from the TV series.

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The Weather in New York in July

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Sports Events in July in New York

  • The MLB is On

Catch a Yankees or Mets game in New York City and enjoy some Baseball fun while visiting New York in July. It’s a tradition for most locals to catch a Sunday Baseball game here and there during the season. There’s nothing like it. You have to come and experience it yourself.

  • Soccer in New York City

It’s not as popular, but there are soccer games from the New York Red Bulls in July as well. Most likely you will have to make your way over to New Jersey, but soccer in NYC is absolutely fun and worth going.

About the author

Being a photographer and creative in general, New York City, I think is the perfect place to be. I moved to NYC from Boston in 2013 and never looked back. Loving New York has given me the opportunity to do what I love and share those images with you all.

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Brain Sporter

Look like a nice place I would like to visit new york and central park one day

Andy Dumornay

there is a3 day Esports Gaming event that will be happening at the New Yorker Hotel in July. How can we give you guys this information?

Maureen Steinert

Hi Andy,

thanks for letting us know! We did not have this on our list 🙂

Best, Maureen

trevor blaise

these ideas are great and I have an idea of what to do this summer


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