10 Great Things to do in New York in July

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Now that summer is here and the kids are out of school, there are a lot of great things to do in New York in July.

Whether you are looking to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors, celebrate American independence, do some shopping, or eat some delicious food, there are a lot of great events happening throughout the state.

Here are a few of our favorite things to do in New York this July.

(Article updated June 18, 2019 for events in July 2019).

July 4th in New York City – July 4

Celebrate Independence Day in New York City this July 4th. The country’s largest city goes all out to celebrate this great holiday with many events happening throughout the five boroughs.

Highlights include the Great July 4th Festival in Lower Manhattan, the 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island, Freedom Fest, and much more.

The evening concludes over the Brooklyn Bridge at the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks. Over 40,000 shells will be shot off during the 25-minute show, so it’s sure to be an exciting event.

Summer Music Festival in Ellicottville – July 5-7

Held the weekend after Independence Day, the Summer Music Festival in Ellicottville brings some great summertime music to western New York.

Highlights of the event include performances by the Buffalo Philharmonic and Don Felder, the guitarist of The Eagles. The event will also feature a fantastic fireworks display.

For more information, visit the event’s website.

I Love BBQ and Music Festival in Lake Placid – July 5-7

If you love barbecue and music, head to the Adirondacks for the I Love BBQ and Music Festival in Lake Placid. This three-day event brings barbeque chefs and enthusiasts from around the country to try some of the country’s best food.

In addition to great food and musical acts throughout the day, there is also a parade, BMX performances, and more.

To find out all the details, visit the festival’s website.

The best things to do in New York in July

NY Lavender Festival in Red Creek – July 13-14

Now in its 12th year, the NY Lavender Festival is a great opportunity to enjoy this beautiful flower. Held in northern New York’s Wayne County, the festival features cooking demonstrations, herb walks, live music, and more.

For full information, click here.

Taste of Buffalo in Buffalo – July 13-14

The Taste of Buffalo returns to the city’s downtown area in mid-July. Many of Buffalo’s best restaurants, food trucks, and wineries will be offering tastes of their most popular dishes and libations during the event. This is the perfect way to try many of the city’s restaurants and find a few new favorites to check out.

There will also be live entertainment, culinary demonstrations, kid’s activities, and more.

Find out more at TasteofBuffalo.com.

180th Genesee County Fair in Batavia – July 15-20

It’s county fair season in New York, and the Genesee County Fair in Batavia is being held this July. Now in its 180th year, this fair offers the chance to fully experience this area of western NY.

During the fair, visitors can ride many fantastic carnival rides, eat delicious food, watch great shows, and see prize-winning items from animals to food.

For more information, visit the fair’s website.

Great Wellsville Balloon Festival in Wellsville – July 19-21

Enjoying the Wellsville Balloon Festival is a great thing to do in New York in July
Enjoy the beauty of hot-air balloons at the Great Wellsville Balloon Festival

The Great Wellsville Balloon Festival will be held once again in the Southern Tier of western New York. During this free event, there will be four hot-air balloon launches over three days and visitors will be able to watch as they take off and fly over the countryside of Allegany County.

During the event, many beautiful balloons will take off over the course of about 30 minutes. There will also be live entertainment, vendors, and more.

Find out more at WellsvilleBalloonRally.com.

Oswego Harborfest in Oswego – July 25-28

Held in late July, the Oswego Harborfest will welcome visitors to the shores of Lake Ontario. This four-day music festival features dozens of regional and national artists, including headliner SmashMouth.

In addition to some great music, the festival will also feature vendors and carnival rides at spots throughout the city.

Find out more on the event’s website.

Catskill Forest Festival in Margaretville – July 27

The Catskills is one of the most beautiful outdoor regions in New York, and the Catskill Forest Festival in Margaretville will be celebrating this great region.

There will be something for everyone during the event including lumberjack demonstrations, a petting zoo, vendors, live music, parades, and more.

Find out full details here.

Festival of the Americas in New York City – July 27

The Festival of the Americas will be held in NYC on the last Saturday in July. Held on 6th Street between 42nd and 56th, this street festival will feature more than 500 craft vendors and dozens of food stalls.

Whether you come to buy some great art, eat delicious food, or just to people watch, don’t miss this fun event.

Find out more here.

Looking for more events in New York? Check out our picks for the topĀ things to do in New York in June.

Do you have a favorite thing to do in New York in July that isn’t on this list? Let us know in the comments below.


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