NYC July Events and Activities Calendar

New York City Events July 2021 are starting to return with tons of safe and fun things to do in July. Our Mayor recently said "New York City will fully reopen starting July 1, 2021." Enjoy Shakespeare in the Park, Yankees & Mets subway series, Yankees vs. Red Sox, the confirmed July 4th fireworks, Restaurant Week and The BOSS is back on Broadway for a limited run (aka Springteen on Broadway) and Central Park SummerStage.

In prior years, July events included the Met Museum Roof Martini Bar, Midsummer Night Swing, NYC Summer Restaurant Week, Bryant Park Film Festival, GMA & Today Show Summer Concert Series and more.

New York Weather in July can be pretty hot, so many New Yorkers escape on the weekends to local beaches, such as the Hamptons and the Jersey Shore. Our celebrations of July 4th, including the fireworks over the East River, are a truly spectacular NYC experience.

Make sure to check sightseeing and holiday hours for Sunday, July 4, 2021 and Monday, July 5th.

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Top NYC July Events 2021

  • July 4th Fireworks – Cruises, Hotels
  • Yankees & Mets Subway Series
  • Shakespeare in the Park
  • Springsteen on Broadway
  • Lincoln Center Restart Stages
  • ‘Three with a Pen’ Contemporary Art Exhibition
  • Restaurant Week
  • Museums & Attractions are Open
  • The Friends Experience

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July 4th Cruises - NYC Insider Guide Best Sellers

Book your front row seat to the Macy's July 4th Fireworks on a variety of private, upscale and family-friendly cruises, with on-board DJ’s to get you dancing the night away, plus food and drinks.

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Best Hotels for NYC July 4th Fireworks

This is your chance to grab a prime view of the spectacular display! Nothing beats watching the fireworks from your hotel rooftop, restaurant or private balcony. The 2021 fireworks are over the East River in Midtown – NOT over the Brooklyn Bridge, as in prior years.

Hotels with Views of NYC July 4th Fireworks

  • Hotel 50 Bowery – The Crown Rooftop at Hotel 50 Bowery, one of NYC’s newest hotels, is Lower East Manhattan’s most spectacular 360-degree view to celebrate and watch the fireworks with a clear view of the fireworks and city, downtown to Brooklyn to Midtown.
  • Hotel Indigo – ‘The room was large, and had a great view towards the east and the south, giving wonderful views of the July 4th fireworks. The hotel is in the heart of things, with the bars and restaurants of the LES all a short walk way.’

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July 4th in New York City | Fireworks, Hotels, Cruises

Macys NYC July 4th Fireworks

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks®
Sunday, July 4, 2021, 9pm

Macy’s has officially announced "The 45th annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will light up the NYC skyline in a celebration of America’s heroes & the resilient spirit within us all!". Of course, booking a cruise ensures you always have a front row spot to the fireworks no matter where they are!

Check out the complete NYC Insider Guide to July 4th in New York City. Best hotels, cruise options, viewing spots, vacation packages, BBQs, picnics, hot dog eating contests, baseball and more.

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Family-Friendly July 4th Cruises

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***Cruises are both 21+ and Family-Friendly. Circle Line sold out as of 6-17-21***

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Shakespeare in the Park 2021

Shakespeare in the Park NYC

July 5 – August 29, 2021
Delacorte Theater, Central Park

Every year, stars such as Meryl Streep, Al Pacino and James Earl Jones perform modern interpretations of various Shakespeare plays in Central Park at the 1,800 seat open-air theater and they are attended by over 80,000 people. In 2021, the Shakespeare in the Park play is Merry Wives.

NYC Insider Guide knows just how you can get tickets. Learn more at Shakespeare in the Park 2021

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Moroccanoil + Sephora Times Square Pop-Up

Moroccanoil + Sephora Times Square Pop-Up

July 16 – Aug 14, 2021 (select dates)
Moroccanoil + Sephora Times Square Pop-Up
Sephora Times Square Atrium

The Moroccanoil + Sephora Times Square Pop-Up, to celebrate the highly anticipated launch of Moroccanoil Brumes du Maroc Fragrance Mist, is taking over the Sephora Times Square Atrium and transforming it into a Mediterranean oasis where you can experience their hero hair and body products. Meet Moroccanoil stylists for Dry Styling consultations, snap Instagram-worthy photos, and receive free samples and giveaways. Learn more at Moroccanoil + Sephora Times Square Pop-Up

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Springsteen on Broadway

Springsteen on Broadway - The BOSS is back!

Bruce Springsteen made his Broadway debut Fall 2017 with “Springsteen on Broadway,” a solo show, and it was THE hottest ticket in NYC. Now, Bruce Springsteen will return to Broadway in 2021 for a limited run of Springsteen on Broadway performances at The St. James Theatre. Shows begin Saturday June 26, with additional performances taking place through September 4. Seatgeek is the show's official ticketing provider.

Sports New York City Events July

Make sure to add a NYC Game Day to your NYC vacation – it’s an absolute MUST in NYC! Head to Yankee Stadium to grab a hot dog and cheer on the Yankees or NYCFC or head to baseball’s nicest stadium, Citi Field, to cheer on the Mets. The sports atmosphere in New York is exhilarating year round and some of the most intense competition is within our own rivalries!

The Yankees vs Mets Subway Series July 2-4, 2021 @ Yankee Stadium and July 15-17, the Yanks take on Boston.

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100 Free Things to Do in New York in Summer

Free Things to Do in New York in Summer

Free things to do in New York in Summer are everywhere, every day and every night! Kids, adults, outdoors, indoors, active, lazy…you name it! Free summer activities in NYC include concerts, movies, sports and fitness, arts and culture, museums, tours. So whether you want free tennis, an outdoor concert, a movie under the stars or free opera outdoors in the park, we have you covered with over 100 FREE things to do in NYC this summer.

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New York City Hotels with Pools

While a few of our hotels with pools are family-friendly, most are adult party zones with skyline views, cocktails, private cabanas and summer long pool parties. We highlight more than 10 family-friendly and adults-only hotel pools, many with day-pass availability for NYC locals.

New York City Hotels with Pools

Since most are indoor/outoor and heated, anytime of year is a great time to check into one of our New York City Hotels with Pools.

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The Beast is Back in 2021

Locals and visitors alike absolutely LOVE the Beast Speedboat ride. Revel in up close views of the financial district, Empire State Building, World Trade Center, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Brooklyn Bridge, South Street Seaport and more, without ever leaving the water. We'll try not to spoil the surprise, but let's just say don't bring anything that can't get wet:)

Beast Speedboat Ride NYC

May 27 - Sept 26, 2021, 10:00 am–6:00 pm, every hour on the hour, 30 minute ride

NYC Insider Map and Guide to Manhattan

NYC Printable Guides - Available for Immediate Download

REALLY??? This is a lifesaver! I’m too ADD-riddled to ever have been able to compile all this info in a useful way. Thanks to these tools, our 3 short days in NYC will be spent just how we want with no time wasted. I really can’t say enough good things. To anyone on the fence about this purchase…it truly is the best $20 you can spend and will probably save you way more than that in time alone.

NYC Insider Printable Guides

Honestly this was the best book I’ve ever purchased and it was worth every single dollar I spent on it!!

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NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2021

NYC Summer Restaurant Week

July 19–August 22, 2021. Reservations Open July 12th

A three-course dinner at the best restaurants in New York for $42? Sign me up! One of my favorite times of the year. I love a good bargain almost as much as I love good food. It almost feels like you’re stealing..only you’re not.

Read more on Restaurant Week New York City and also check out French Restaurant Week July TBD, 2021.

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Lincoln Center Restart Stages

Lincoln Center Restart Stages

April 7 – Ongoing, 2021

Lincoln Center Restart Stages is a collaboration that reimagines public space to create 10 outdoor performance and rehearsal spaces, helping to kickstart the performing arts sector and New York City’s revival. Restart Stages will feature free and low-cost events by organizations, including Lincoln Center’s resident companies.

Enjoy a concert and cabaret series by Lincoln Center Theater, film screenings from Film at Lincoln Center, dance workshops from New York City Ballet, and performances by the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!), Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, Harlem Week and the Harlem Arts Alliance, Korean Cultural Center New York, Weeksville Heritage Center and many more.

All offerings will occur outdoors with safety protocols in place for artists, audiences and staff. Restart Stages kicks off April 7, 2021 with a special performance for healthcare workers and future events and details will be announced over time.

More Info: Lincoln Center Restart Stages

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100 Safe Things to do in NYC Today (Summer 2021)

Explore and Indulge Like a Real NYC Foodie

There is no shortage of pizza, bagels, street vendors, cupcakes, craft beer and cocktails, rooftops and mini food parks to explore and so many more food choices in the five boroughs, along with wonderful guides who can't wait to show you them all!!!!

Set Sail Safely in 2021 with Classic Harbor Cruises

Sunset Sail Schooner Adirondack

Price starting at $76
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Sunset Cruise on Yacht Manhattan

Price starting at US$62
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Champagne & Cheese Pairing Cruise

Price starting at US$78
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Best New York City Hotel Rooftops

NYC Hotel Rooftops offer some of the best skyline views in the whole City, along with cocktails and food, views, pools, cabanas, sundecks and retractable roofs. Our top picks for the most surreal views and cocktails include:

New York City Hotel Rooftops

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Most every museum is open with reduced capacity, safety protocols  and most have reservations required. Check out the new Museum of Ice Cream (SoHo), Guggenheim, MoMA, Whitney and so many more museums from which to choose.

New York City Museums

Attractions & Sightseeing

Most every NYC attraction is open with reduced capacity, safety protocols and reservations required. Whether you want to sightsee from the sky or selfie with celebs @ Madame Tussauds, you can be safe and explore.

Go HIGH or Go Home

Top of the Rock, Empire State Building, One World Observatory or Edge? Which is best and, if we have to choose, which should we visit? There is no easy answer, but here are some facts to help guide your choice.

Edge NYC Observation Deck

  • Empire State Building - (86 and 102 floors) Best for patient movie and history buffs who need to check it off their bucket list. Recently redone indoor 102nd Floor Observatory
  • Top of the Rock - (67-70 floors) Best for sweeping 360° vista views, including of the Empire State Building and Central Park. Shorter lines and cheaper than the ESB.
  • One World Observatory - (100-102 floors) Best for homage to the Twin Towers. Modern and high tech, with phenomenal views
  • Edge - (100-101 floors) opened March 2020, highest outdoor observation deck, glass bottom floor, deck extends 80 feet away from building (photo)

Go Even HIGHER on NYC's Most Popular Helicopters

Secret NYC Insider Tours

Explore our subways secrets with a local guide, go behind-the-scenes at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, uncover surprising gems and historical tales of Grand Central Station, cocktail your way through Manhattan’s best and most secretive speakeasies and much more!

Fun Things to Do in NYC

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NY Pops Up

NY Pops Up 2021 Festival

February 20 - Labor Day, 2021

NY Pops Up is a new in 2021 festival programmed by artists, with artists, for the public and set to feature hundreds of performances, many of which will be open to the public free of charge. The catch? Most performances will not be announced in advance - prepare to be spontaneously surprised across NYC all spring and summer.

The Festival will reach its climax with the 20th Anniversary of the Tribeca Film Festival (June 9-20, 2021) and The Festival at Little Island at Pier 55, bringing the total number of performances to more than 1,000.

Confirmed artists include Hugh Jackman, Renée Fleming, Amy Schumer, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Alec Baldwin, Mandy Patinkin, Gavin Creel, Billy Porter, Jonathan Groff, Savion Glover, Kelli O’Hara, Danielle Brooks, Idina Menzel, Sutton Foster, Jessie Mueller and many more.

More Info: NY Pops Up

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Little Island NYC Opens Spring 2021

Little Island NYC

Opens May 21, 2021
Pier 55 & Hudson River Park Greenway, NY 10014
Roughly 14th St, West of Chelsea Market

NYC’s new Little Island in the Hudson River resembles a leaf floating on water with a base of tulip-shaped pots and will offer seating lawns, gentle slopes, winding pathways leading to dazzling views, and a variety of spaces for performances, play rest and relaxation. The island is open 6am-1am daily, but you must reserve your free spot if visiting 12:00- 8:00 pm daily.

Perform in the Park, Events in the Amph ++
June - September 2021
Little Island offers a diverse mix of programs, experiences, shows and events. The majority of events in the park will be presented free or at a low cost, to create an environment that is inclusive and welcoming to visitors of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Little Island's August Festival (August 11 - September 5, 2021) celebrates NYC’s wonderful mix of cultures reflected in four weeks of adventurous, free live performances, including dance, music, poetry, comedy shows, surprising collaborations and new commissions, with over 35 free performances in The Amph.

More Info: Little Island

Friends Experience NYC

Friends Pop Up NYC

March 17, 2021 - Jan 2, 2022
130 East 23rd St (23rd @ Lex)

After a successful Friends Pop Up in SoHo last year, the new Friends Experiece is back with two floors of set recreations, including Monica and Rachel’s apartment, dozens of new photo opportunities, and you’ll even be able to poke Ugly Naked Guy (6 feet apart and "Monica Clean").

More Info: Friends Experience NYC

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New York Yankees Schedule

New York Yankees Tickets

The New York Yankees, 27-Time World Series Champions, and likely the most simultaneously loved and hated team in baseball, return to Yankee Stadium with our newest star recruit, pitcher Gerrit Cole. There are few things in NYC better than a Yankee game, an old-fashioned hot dog and a beer.

NY Yankees Schedule – Home Games July

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New York Mets Schedule

New York Mets Tickets

Catch NYC's National baseball team in action at the amazing Citi Field, one of baseball's nicest stadiums. Tickets are easy to get and the Mets are an easy 30 minute subway from Times Square or Grand Central. Grab a burger from Shake Shack and get ready to see some baseball action.

NY Mets Schedule – Home Games

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Top NYC July Events (prior years)

  • July 4th Fireworks – Cruises, Hotels
  • Broadway in Bryant Park
  • NYC Summer Restaurant Week
  • Riverflicks Movies in Hudson River Park
  • Bon Jovi & Bryan Adams, Harry Styles in concert
  • Yankees & Mets Subway Series
  • Shakespeare in the Park
  • Central Park SummerStage
  • Midsummer Night Swing
  • Bryant Park Film Festival
  • GMA Summer Concert Series
  • TODAY Show Summer Concerts

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Things to Do in NYC by Month

Our Event Calendars show you exactly which events occur by day, but our Things to Do monthly guides highlight seasonal tours, bike rides, best time for boat cruises, when to buy tickets, the biggest sales and all the optimal times to do activities by month. Check out our Monthly Things to do in NYC Guides.

Things to do in NYC by Month

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