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NYC events in July 2020

Starting making your Independence Day plans and check out the other amazing NYC events in July

By Time Out contributors and Jennifer Picht

Some of the best things to do in summer are NYC events in July. Even after all the 4th of July events simmer down, there are still many awesome things to do for the duration of the month. After Independence Day, enjoy fantastic outdoor fun, hit up one of the city’s many rooftops and make sure to pencil in getting a tan at the best beaches in NYC while the weather is still hot, hot, hot. 

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Best NYC events in July 2020

Circle Line: 4th of July Evening Cruise with Optional VIP Upgrade
Photograph: Courtesy Circle Line

1. 4th of July in NYC guide

Things to do

Things may be different this year, but we can still celebrate our nation's birthday this 4th of July. Sure, we won't be able to gather so closely as we're used to this summer, but making the most of the holiday is still possible. From the revamped Macy's 4th of July Fireworks show to booking reservations at NYC's rooftop bars and barbecuing out at NYC parks, we've got you covered on how to spend the perfect socially distanced summer holiday with friends and family. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to things to do in the summer in NYC

Bastille Day on 60th Street 2013
Photograph: Filip Wolak

2. Bastille Day in NYC

Things to do

Ooh la la! Francophiles have their choice of fetes to celebrate Bastille Day. NYC's annual events include street fairs, outdoor parties, dance events and performances (the cancan!), and more great things to do outside.

Shakespeare in the Park
Photograph: Courtesy Shakespeare in the Park

3. Shakespeare in the Park in NYC


Every summer, the Public Theater produces a beloved New York democratic tradition: Shakespeare in the Park, presented for free at the open-air Delacorte Theater in Central Park. There’s nothing quite like hearing the Bard’s immortal words performed outdoors, with a backdrop of natural splendor and the Belvedere Castle looming in the background like the world’s most impressive set decoration.

Photograph: Filip Wolak

4. Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center

Things to do

Midsummer Night Swing brings together the best of music, free outdoor dance events and things to do outside in New York, but we have a few tips to help you make the most of the festival. Lovely Damrosch Park can get crowded, so be sure to book in advance, get there when the dance floor opens at 6pm, and remember that purses and backpacks must be left at the bagcheck—ladies, you’ll need a dancing frock with pockets.

Photograph: Loren Wohl

5. MoMA PS1 Warm Up


With almost two decades of packing the Long Island City museum courtyard with music aficionados and sun-worshiping revelers, MoMA PS1 Warm Up is bigger than ever. This year brings as strong a lineup of bands, DJs and producers as it's had in years, hosting underground experimentalist, rising rap stars and the usual out-of-this-world outdoor art. Here's the lowdown on the biggest weekly summer party. 

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