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What to Do in New York City in July 2022

By Emmie MurphyJun 21 2022

Don’t let the rising heat deter you from experiencing the best of New York. July is in full swing as the city welcomes the month with fireworks, baseball rivalries, and plenty of opportunities to revel in the spirit of summer. At Rockefeller Center, Jeppe Hein’s interactive public installation will keep you cool, Emily Mullin’s ceramic pieces are on display, and much more; see the full list of events and programming here.

Get your sunglasses out and prepare for a good time – our picks for the five best things to do in New York City in July are below.

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Fun Things to Do in NYC in July

Photo by Kent Miller-Macy

1. Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Show

July 4

Watch the city skyline light up as fireworks dazzle above the East River as part of Macy’s annual Fourth of July Fireworks Show. This year, spectators can get front-row viewing seats at locations along the Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan waterfronts, or watch from the comfort of home via live stream. In typical New York style, this won’t be your run-of-the-mill show. New shapes are promised among the 48,000 shells and effects that will launch from five separate barges. While the booms and cracks will certainly be heard throughout the city, that won’t be the only soundtrack. The spectacle will have a medley of patriotic performances by The United States Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus, The Young People’s Chorus of New York City, and the Community Baptist Church of Englewood Choir.

Photo by Julienne Schaer

2. Movies with a View in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Thursday evenings beginning July 7

Movies with a View has returned for its 22nd season of free, outdoor film screenings in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Beginning on July 7, everyone is welcome to enjoy a movie with a waterfront view at Pier 1 Harbor View Lawn. The screenings will continue every Thursday through August 25. This year’s lineup includes crowd-pleasers like Crazy Rich Asians and The Bourne Identity, and attendees will also be able to purchase food and drink provided by Smorgasburg.

Photo by Brittany Buongiorno

3. Celebrate Bastille Day with FIAF

July 10

Why take a trip to Paris when you can walk to 60th street instead? July 14 marks Bastille Day, a major French holiday that commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution, a years-long period of intense political change that was ignited by the storming of the Bastille military fortress on July 14, 1789. An array of events planned throughout the city will commemorate the holiday, but no one does it quite like FIAF, celebrating a few days early on July 10. Every year since 1996, FIAF has recognized the French national holiday with a block party along 60th street. The day-long, free-to-all celebration includes dancing, live music, and more. Enjoy a special film screening, prize drawings, wine and champagne tastings, and over 40 booths highlighting French food and culture. Everyone is welcome, from hardened Francophiles to unsuspecting passersby, so don’t be shy about embracing a little joie de vivre.

Photo by Thomas Eidsvold

4. Subway Series: Yankees vs. Mets

July 26 & 27

What was originally referred to as a World Series match-up between the Yankees and Mets is now an annual summer event that divides the city. This year, the Subway Series could be the most dramatic yet, with both legendary New York teams playing at the top of their games. Not since 2000 have these MLB powerhouses been ranked so closely together, and New Yorkers are preparing for this long-held rivalry to reach epic proportions on July 26 and 27. As of mid-June, the Yankees were holding the No. 1 spot in the MLB power rankings, with the Mets just behind at No. 2. So who will claim the series title? Tune in on July 26 and 27 to see the action unfold at Yankees Stadium in the Bronx and Citi Field in Queens.

Illustration by Ali Kashfi

5. Lincoln Center Summer for the City

All month long

Over 300 performances will take place across 10 stages throughout the Lincoln Center campus this summer as part of the first annual Summer for the City celebration. Not only will there be live music and outdoor film screenings, but the summer festivities also feature the largest outdoor dance floor in New York City, where guests can get their groove on during Social Dance events, as well as an underground speakeasy that will host jazz sets and comedy shows. Running through mid-August, this diverse lineup promises something for everyone. And better yet, many events are completely free, while others offer choose-what-you-pay ticketing, making good on Lincoln Center’s important commitment to accessibility.

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