Hot summer streets and the pavement is buzzing with kids off school! Lets just hope it’s a cool summer, not a cruel one!
Summer fun is here and like a swimming pool, we’re diving head first into the city’s numerous festivals and events. New York is a popular summer destination for many reasons, one of which is the incredible variety of events; there really is something for everyone this July. From hot dog eating contests to movies in the park, you won’t be able to fit everything in when you visit!
Take a look at some of July’s best events:
Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks – July 4, 2014
After a five year stint over the Hudson River, the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks are moving back to the East River. The fireworks display has been one of the most anticipated and beloved events in the city each year since its debut in 1976. The best viewing spots will be from the Brooklyn Heights Promenades, the east side of Lower Manhattan, and Brooklyn Bridge Park. The display will begin at 9pm but if you plan on seeing the action you should arrive no later than 5pm to get a good spot.
For further information, visit www.social.macys.com/fireworks.
Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest – July 4, 2014
Head over to Coney Island on July 4th during the day for the annual Nathan’s Famous 4th of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest where contestants will devour hot dogs in front of crowds of cheering fans. Contestants are given 10 minutes to eat as many as they can; the current world record is 69. You won’t have to travel to Coney Island to try the tasty hot dogs though, there’s a Nathan’s Famous just outside the doors of New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania.
For further information, visit www.nathansfamous.com/index.php/hot-dog-eating-contest.
City of Water Day – July 12, 2014
Celebrate our island city with the City of Water Day on Governor’s Island this July 12, 2014. Featuring live entertainment, free boat tours, a waterfront activities fair, food vendors, and of course actual-on-the water activities, the event will run from 10am to 4pm. Be sure to check out the Cardboard Kayak Race, where teams will be given materials and only 2 hours to create and build a vessel that they will race in!
For further information, visit www.cityofwaterday.org.
HBO Bryant Park Film Festival – July 16 – August 18, 2014
HBO’s Bryant Park Film Festival provides the ultimate classic New York summer experience and best of all it’s free! This can’t miss activity brings weekly screenings to the lawn of Bryant Park every Monday from June 16th through August 18th and is open to all ages. The film festival features all types of films; from classic dramas to kid-friendly films, it offers something for everyone. The lawn opens up at 5pm and the movies start at sundown, so be sure to show up early if you want a good spot, it does fill up quickly. It’s an absolute for any movie-lovers!
For further information, visit www.bryantpark.org/plan-your-visit/filmfestival.html.
Lincoln Center Out of Doors – July 20 – August 10, 2014
Soak up top musical and dance performances under the twinkling lights of Manhattan on warm summer nights at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival. This free festival returns for its 43rd season from July 20th through August 10th. It’s the country’s longest-running free outdoor festival and will feature world-renowned artists from a variety of genres.
For further information, visit www.coutofdoors.org.
NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2014 – July 22, 2014 – August 16, 2014
Curb your craving at a discount during NYC Restaurant Week from July 22 to August 16, 2014. Participating restaurants across the city will be offering incredible discounts with nearly 300 eateries serving three-course lunches for $25 and three-course dinners for $38. Some of the City’s most well liked restaurants have participated in past years including Nobu and Benchmark.
For further information, visit www.nycgo.com/restaurantweek.
And of course if it’s too hot to handle, just get up and go to the beach!