It may seem odd to visit New York in a season where residents try to escape the heat of summer in the middle of July, but visitors don’t have to feel concerned. July is a popular month to visit New York City to enjoy what it has to offer at this time of the year. Let us find out how you can make the most of a visit to New York City in July.
What to expect
Getting around New York in July can be a source of discomfort among certain travelers as it typically is the hottest and wettest time of the year, with temperatures ranging between 70F and 85F (21C to 29C) and rainfall of about 97mm. Passengers taking the subways or pedestrians walking the streets can experience a humid New York summer during this time. Therefore it is advisable to stay hydrated, bring an umbrella or hats and wear light, comfortable clothing when you arrive.
What to pack:
typical summer clothing should be the order of the day. Bring extra clothing as July’s oppressively humid weather is often a sweaty experience. Shades, caps, sunscreen, comfortable and water-resistant shoes, light jacket to keep you warm in air-conditioned museums, Broadway entertainment shows, shopping malls, and cinemas. A picnic blanket comes in handy if you wish to enjoy the scenery at Central or watch free concerts and film screenings available across various public spaces.
Peak travel season:
July falls in the middle of a peak summer season, which means hotel bookings may be expensive especially if you delay your reservations. It is therefore advisable to make early hotel bookings.
What to do
Fourth of July
If November features Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in the Big Apple, July also has a unique holiday experience in spectacular Macy’s fireworks, a 25-minute showcase that is displayed over East River and can be viewed from many locations in Manhattan, as well as Brooklyn and Queens. For more details, click here.
New York Restaurant Week
This event, which takes place in summer and winter, features the city’s top restaurants and their special menus for the public to enjoy for a fraction of their usual bill. This is your chance to try three-course dining deals for lunch ($25) and dinner ($38) from over 300 of the city’s best eateries.
It’s a musical experience for visitors and locals to enjoy as Central Park and other similar venues host musicians of various genres to perform for free. You can find a free space and spread your picnic blanket, grab light snacks or beer and enjoy the performance.
HBO/Bryant Park Film Festival
Sponsored by HBO, this movie screening event has been going on for the past decades. Classic movies on offer include The Breakfast Club, Little Miss Sunshine, and The Princess Bride. The areas surrounding the Lawn opens at 4 pm and the Lawn opens at 5 so be on time and stake your place to enjoy the best viewing areas. Films typically start by sunset so have your food and drinks secured just before the movies.
The Major League Baseball is in its full swing in July, sandwiched by the All-Star Break, and you could watch the New York’s Mets and New York Yankees take on their division rivals or schedule the “subway series” between these two teams at this time.Mets schedule | Yankees schedule
Concerts in the Park
Depending on the schedule, July could host the performance of the New York Philharmonic orchestra or Metropolitan opera in the Park. Do not miss it if you happen to be in town when this world-renowned ensemble is scheduled to play.
WNBA: Women’s pro basketball
During NBA’s offseason, women’s pro basketball league is in thick of the action in July, and the city’s New York Liberty team hosts some games at Madison Square Garden or Westchester County Center.
Click here for the team’s schedules.
Major League Soccer
New York also has a soccer team playing for Major League Soccer playing its host games at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. Check the team’s schedule here.
Please refer here for a comprehensive list of New York City events taking place in July.
July Travel Tips
Hot weather is the theme of this month so our first tip is for you and your companions to be well-hydrated. Best if you bring with you bottled water or refillable tumbler.
If you can, avoid taking the subway as the platforms can be very hot. You may also notice certain carriages are not as crowded as others. Chances are, they might not be any air conditioning unit running there.
You may cool off a hot and humid summer in your hotel pool, but New York also has public pools at various boroughs of New York open daily between 11 am and 7 pm (3 pm to 4 pm cleaning break). Just check the guidelines on what to wear, what to bring and not to bring and addresses of these free pools here.