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: Visit Grand Banks
Visit this celebrated oyster bar aboard the historic wooden schooner, Sherman Zwicker right on the Hudson River. Hudson River Park was able to set up a pretty sweet deal for the Grand Banks, which now has a row of tables for two running along the south side of the pier. By doing so, they are now able to serve drinks within that space. Reserve your table beforehand and have an amazing time at probably the best date spot in the city right now.
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. Even though this year’s 4th of July will look a little different it is still a great day to have a BBQ and celebrate America’s Birthday.
The highlight of the day normally 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). The show is also in sync with a jazz ensemble. This year Macy’s will host many small fireworks leading up to the 4th of July with a grand finale on the actual holiday that will include the Empire State Building and will also be streamed live on NBC.
01 Circle Line 4th of July Evening Cruise
Circle Line is a very well-known sightseeing cruise operator in New York and also offers one of the best 4th of July cruises. The cruise includes a light dinner with classic summer dishes and great drinks. Most importantly, however, you will enjoy guaranteed views of the fireworks, particularly from the outdoor deck space.
What you’ll get:
- light dinner
- live DJ
- guaranteed views of the 4th of July fireworks
02 4th of July Fireworks on Clipper City Tall Ship
See New York City’s 4th of July Fireworks from the deck of a tall ship for the ultimate visibility and photo ops. Help the crew raise the sails and navigate the ship, or just sit back and enjoy the show. Each year’s fireworks show consists of more than 40,000 shells exploding above the East River for a brilliant display celebrating the nation’s birth. Buy tickets in advance to avoid the last-minute scramble for 4th of July plans!
- Food and beverages included
- Best possible vantage point for fireworks show
- See the NYC skyline from the water
- Open bar throughout the cruise
03 July 4th New York City Fireworks Cruise with Buffet and Live DJ
Celebrate July 4th on this New York City Fireworks Cruise. Depart for the evening to the beats of a live DJ. Enjoy a buffet style menu featuring pasta, finger foods, chicken, salad, desserts and more! Sip on an alcoholic beverage from our onboard cash bar. Grab the festive party favors provided as the firework show begins. Your cruise will return once the fireworks end. What’s Included:
- July 4th New York City Fireworks Cruise
- Buffet Style Menu featuring pasta, chicken, salad, finger foods, dessert and more!
- Live DJ Music
3. Enjoy Outdoor Dining in NYC
There are so many great restaurants in the city that offer a safe and fun outdoor dining experience. I have tried many restaurants in NYC so far that started outdoor dining and never had a negative experience.
If you wanted to, you could even eat outdoors near Rockefeller Center. The seating is located right where the famous ice rink usually is. At Rockefeller you’ll find many round tables with benches and umbrellas set up, fitting up to 68 diners. Just look for the famous Prometheus statue which is now outfitted with its own mask as well.
4. Nathan’s Famous 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island
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. This year the event will still take place but with social distancing taking into place.
5. Recharge and Soak up the Sun in 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 while of course practicing social distancing.
6. Sail around the city
Many of the sailing cruises have already reopened and are back to the rivers of New York City. Sailing in New York City is one of my favorite things to do during the summer. There’s nothing better than watching the sunset and enjoying a glass of wine onboard. Here are some amazing options that