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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

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Billie Grace Ward
By Time Out contributors and Jennifer Picht |
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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 summer concerts, hit up one of the city’s many rooftop parties 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

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Photograph: Loren Wohl
Clubs

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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Bastille Day on 60th Street 2013
Photograph: Filip Wolak
Things to do

Bastille Day in NYC

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.

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Shakespeare in the Park
Photograph: Courtesy Shakespeare in the Park
Theater

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.

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Photograph: Filip Wolak
Things to do

Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center

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.

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BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival
Photograph: Ryan Muir
Music

Summer music festivals

Music festivals have become as essential a feature of summer in the city as ice-skating and hot chocolate are to winter in New York: It's part of the reason why you live here. What makes New York's summer music festival scene better than anywhere else's? We'll start with the beautiful weather, then add the fact that you'll be watching your favorite bands play in truly iconic surroundings—say, Central Park, or the leafy Celebrate Brooklyn! bandshell.

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