Spring in New York City

New Growth, New Attitude

Spring in New York City is a delightful time of year. As temperatures rise, New Yorkers emerge from their homes and offices to enthusiastically take to the streets after the long winter months.

As soon as the first warm days hit, people fill the sidewalks and parks. Restaurants add seating outdoors and the overall mood seems a little more cheerful.

Spring in Central Park


The warmer weather of spring in New York City puts a bounce in a New Yorker's step and creates an energetic atmosphere.

The months of April and May can be beautiful although unpredictable. By this time, average temperatures are climbing into the 50s and 60s in Fahrenheit (about 10 to 20 degrees Celsius) but chilly rainy days are common as well. March is cooler but can still have days that are quite pleasant. Generally, April is the month when flowers emerge and leaves show up on the trees.

Spring Events and Activities

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

  • Date: March 17, 2014
  • Time: 11 a.m. until around 4:30 p.m.
  • Price: Free Event

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!

New York City boasts one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parades in the world. Marching bands, military groups, and Irish societies march up Fifth Avenue in a show of Irish patriotism. Many of the city’s politicians turn out for this event that has been taking place since 1762.

St. Patrick's Day Parade

The 69th Infantry Regiment, the so-called “Irish Infantry”, leads the parade every year. So if you’re in the mood for Irish music and festivities, put on your green and come experience this popular tradition that celebrates Irish culture.

The parade marches along Fifth Avenue, starting at 44th St. and ending at 86th St.

Official parade website: nycstpatricksparade.org

Macy’s Flower Show

  • Dates: March 23 - April 6, 2014
  • Price: Free Event
Macy's Flower Show

The Macy’s Flower Show takes place each spring in New York City at the flagship Macy's store in Herald Square, located in the heart of Manhattan.

See the first floor of this famous department store decorated with large elaborate floral arrangements. Stroll through the gardens of vibrant spring creations. It is one of the best places in the city to enjoy the colors of the season.

Guided Tours: Free 20-minuted guided tours are available, where you can learn more about the plants and the exhibit itself. For more information, see the Macy's Flower Show webpage or call 212-494-4495.

Macy's is located at the corner of Broadway and 34th Street.

Easter in New York City

  • Date: Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014
  • Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Price: Free Event

A fun way to enjoy Spring in New York City is to celebrate Easter here. The Annual Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival is held on Fifth Avenue between 49th and 57th Streets.

Easter in New York City

The word "parade" is used very loosely here. It's more of a "mingling" of people wearing colorful costumes and hats and lots of onlookers taking pictures (for which the funny hat people will happily pose). The parade starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. on Easter Sunday.

The Easter Parade is an enjoyable and amusing way to spend part of a Sunday. The festive atmosphere and the opportunity to walk down the center of Fifth Avenue makes the parade worth it.

Don't have any bunny ears? Don't worry, you can buy a set on every street corner.

There are beautiful churches and cathedrals located in Midtown Manhattan. Here are a few churches near the parade route and their Easter Service times:

St. Patrick's Cathedral

  • St. Peter’s Church (Evangelical Lutheran)
    619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street
    Mass at 8:45 am and 11 am
  • St. Thomas Church (Episcopal)
    1 W 53rd Street at Fifth Avenue
    Solemn Eucharist at 8 am and 11 am
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral (Catholic)
    460 Madison Avenue at 50 Street
    Mass at 8:45 am, 10:15 am (tickets required for this service only), Noon, 1 pm, and 5:30 pm; Spanish mass is at 4 pm

Spring in New York City = New York Baseball

Yankees Baseball Game
  • Dates: Baseball season begins in April
  • Price: Varies

The start of baseball season each year is a sign of spring in New York City, a place that is home to great baseball. The sport is a distinguished part of the city’s history and a major part of the New York City’s sports culture today.

New York City has two hometown Major League teams – the Mets and the Yankees. Every year New York City baseball is a source of much excitement, anticipation, and even arguments (hey, it’s a rivalry).

The Yankees play at Yankees Stadium in the Bronx and the Mets play at Citi Field in Flushing, Queens. Both state-of-the-art stadiums opened in 2009. Both stadiums are accessible by subway, meaning easy access from Manhattan.

Ticket Information

Experience the excitement of New York City baseball. Go to a game! Find a variety of ticket options and more information on purchasing
Mets tickets and Yankees tickets from TicketLiquidator.com.

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