In New York City, as in most places in America, July makes people think of Fireworks. And while the city does put on what is, arguably, the single greatest pyrotechnic display in the country, there’s much more to do and see in New York after the Independence Day festivities are over. Here are a few events to consider if you’re spending the month of July in NYC.
1. Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks
Unlike in recent years, this year’s Macy’s Fireworks will not be visible from southern points in Manhattan or Brooklyn (the Brooklyn Promenade, for example, isn’t going to work). That’s because this year the fireworks will be set off from five barges parked in Midtown. Between East 24th street and East 40th Street, to be exact. So, while you’ll still need to find a spot along the East River to watch the show, you’ll have to move farther North than in previous years to enjoy to spectacle. Macy’s has posted a list of recommended places to see the fireworks on the Manhattan side of the East River. But Hunter’s Point and Gantry Plaza State Park in Queens, or points along the waterfront in Williamsburg Brooklyn are also great options. Festivities begin at sundown.
2. Georgia O’Keeffee: Living Modern
A retrospective of the works of the renowned American artist, Georgia O’Keeffee begins this month at The Brooklyn Museum. Part of a yearlong celebration of feminist art, which coincides with the 10th anniversary of the Sackler Center for Feminist Art, the exhibit will feature O’Keeffee’s paintings, photography and even her clothing. Tickets are timed and may be purchased in advance through the museum’s website.
July 5th- July 23rd
3. MoMA PS1 Warmup
Warm Up, an annual concert series hosted by the Long Island City branch of the Museum of Modern Art, is kicking off its 20th year with a stellar line up including ASAP Ferg, Jackmaster and Actress. And this year they’ve incorporated their gallery exhibits into the series by staging Warm Up inside an architectural installation of photo-luminescent textiles. Tickets can be purchase on the museum’s website.
July 8th-September 2nd
4. Bastille Day
Francophiles rejoice! New York City celebrates France’s independence with almost as much enthusiasm as we celebrate our own. While the holiday actually falls on the 14th, in NYC when it doesn’t land on a Sunday we celebrate it on the Sunday before. This year, the party will be held on July 9th. The most popular celebration takes place on East 60th Street between Lexington Avenue and 5th Avenue. Here, you can take part in a champagne and chocolate tasting at the French Institute Alliance Francaise or sample crepes an eclairs courtesy of Dominique Ansel and Financier Patisserie. There will even be can-can dancers! So, why not break out your beret and join in the fun? Viva la France!
5. Restaurant Week
NYC’s Restaurant Week gives diners the opportunity to have a three-course meal in some of the city’s most lavish restaurants without paying the hefty price tag that usually goes with them! But you’ll want to secure a reservation at the restaurant of your choice sooner rather than later. At just $29 per person for lunch and $42 per person for dinner tables are a hot commodity. A full list of participating venues can be found here.
July 24th – August 18th
6. Mostly Mozart
For the past 50 years, Lincoln Center has hosted a grand homage to Salzburg’s favorite son presenting his most noted works as well as the works of composures who influenced him or were influenced by him. The Mostly Mozart Festival presents offerings operatic and symphonic inside the newly rechristened David Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fisher). If you’ve never been this is the summer to go. After all, Lincoln Center’s motto is “Art for All”. And that means you, too! So go ahead and get rocked by Amadeus.
July 25th- August 20th
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