There are many different events going on in New York City every day, but that doesn’t mean they should break the bank. We have compiled a list of some of the most exciting free (yes, really, FREE) events and things to do in New York City this July. With the 4th of July kicking off this month with a bang, there is no doubt that fun and excitement will run through the rest of the month.
Macy’s 4th of July Spectacular – July 4, 2015
There are approximately 40,000 fireworks expected to go off up and down the East River to celebrate Independence Day. The show will even include fireworks coming off from the Brooklyn Bridge, how cool is that?! With the show being so large, there are tons of view spots for you to see the show for free.
HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival – July 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th
Bryant Park hosts free movie showings every Monday throughout the summer on the Lawn. In July you can catch ‘The Poseidon Adventure’, ‘I’m No Angel’, ‘Badlands’, and ‘Footloose’. The Lawn opens at 5:00pm and the movie goes on around 9am. So, grab a picnic blanket, some snacks and get comfy under the city lights.
Bastille Day – July 14, 2015
This French National Day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution, Bastille Day is the name it was given to English speaking countries. In New York City, the day is celebrated with a street fair filled with French food, culture and entertainment. It is the ultimate afternoon celebration that shares French culture in New York style.
City of Water Day – July 18, 2015
New York City is surrounded by water and along with the city, the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance works hard to preserve this. On July 18th at Governors Island there will be a family focused festival to celebrate just that. There will be free boat tours, waterfront activities, food, live music and a Cardboard Kayak Race.
Shakespeare in the Park – Starts July 27, 2015
Every summer we get the privilege of two different plays being shown in Central Park at the open aired, Delacorte Theater. Earlier in the season, we got to experience The Tempest which finished up on July 5th, and now after a brief break, we now get to finish out the rest of the summer with Cymbeline. The tickets for the performances are free and there are several different ways you can go about getting them.