Summer in New York City

Summer in New York City means hot weather, spending time outdoors, and taking advantage of summertime activities all around the city.

Summer in New York CityCentral Park Row Boats Crowds at an outdoor movie and row boats in Central Park.

All summer long and all over the city, streets and parks play host to numerous fun and family-oriented events. It's a fabulous time to be in NYC and take advantage of all it has to offer.


Summer in New York City is usually fairly hot and humid. During July and August, the two hottest months of the year, the average high temperatures are in the 80s. Summer evenings are usually quite warm as well. New York City parks are lush, green, and beautiful this time of year.

Street Fairs and Festivals

  • When: All summer
  • Where: All over NYC

Summer in New York City is THE time for street events.

NYC street fairs and festivals take place all summer long in various parts of the city. They are usually free to attend.

NYC flea market

New York City street events are excellent places for finding good street food and people watching. The city has a large number of street fairs, cultural festivals, and flea markets to choose from.

4th of July Festivities

The Fourth of July is a highlight of summer in New York City.

International Hot Dog Eating Contest

The International Hot Dog Eating Contest hosted by Nathan's Famous in Coney Island is always a popular event. This contest has taken place since 1916 and brings together only the fastest of hot dog eaters. The 2009 winner ate 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes!

The contest starts at noon on July 4th, but get there early if you want a good view. It takes place at Nathan's Famous flagship store, at the corner of Surf and Stillwater Avenues in Coney Island. It also airs live on ESPN.

4th of July Fireworks

4th of July Fireworks

The 4th of July Fireworks in New York City are a spectacular show!

The fireworks are set off from barges in the New York waterways (the East River is the chosen site for 2015), illuminating the sky with streaks of red, gold, and purple. Find more information on the Macy's website.

If you would like to watch the NYC fireworks show from your air-conditioned living room, catch them live on NBC.

Outdoor Summer Movies

Outdoor Movies

During the summer in New York City, you can watch outdoor movies in some fun and unique places. Catch flicks between the skyscrapers of Manhattan, along the riverfront, or on top of an aircraft carrier.

Watching an outdoor movie is fun, easy, and cheap, although the crowds can be large.

All you have to do is bring a blanket and a picnic dinner (if you wish), arrive early, find a spot, and claim it quickly.

Summer Concerts and Performances

Summer Concerts

Summer in New York City brings free music and theatre!

Summer concerts and performances are a fun way to spend a summer evening.

Musical events featuring talented artists and outdoor theatre performances are available for free all summer long in various locations around New York City.

These events are popular, so try to arrive early to find a place to sit. Be prepared to sit on the ground and bring a picnic dinner if you'd like.

US Open

When: August 31 - September 13, 2015
Where: Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Queens, New York City

US Open
US Open, Photo Courtesy of sukhchander

The US Open is one of New York City's hottest summer sports events. The best players in tennis face off at one of the biggest and most exciting tennis events of the year.

The matches are played on hard courts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York City. The tennis center is accessible by public transportation.

Tickets to the US Open are popular and sell out fast.

Summer in Central Park

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