Harlem Week in New York City

Harlem Week in New York City

This summer from July 29th to August 25th, the annual Harlem Week Festival will take place in New York City. This festival began as Harlem Day in 1974, but due to popular demand, the celebration extended its stay. This summer marks the 44th annual celebration that you do not want to miss. Harlem Week offers over 100 events showcasing the community’s unique flavor, promoting Harlem’s rich African, African-American, Caribbean, Hispanic and European history, culture, arts, religion, entertainment and sports. Harlem Week features both outdoor and indoor music concerts, The Upper Manhattan Auto Show, Film festivals, Percy Sutton Harlem 5K Run & Health Walk, Sporting events, Adult and children’s fashion shows, Youth programs and activities, Career fairs, HBCU Fair & Expositions, and much more. Read on for our highlighted events.

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Bastille Day in New York City

Bastille Day in New York City

July 4th, America’s Independence Day, has passed. Now it’s time to get excited for July 14th! The date doesn’t ring a bell? Bastille Day! This is a French National holiday, dating all the way back to 1789 with the storming of the Bastille. This was the day the French were finally released from an economic and political crisis, marked as the symbol of the French Revolution, and an important holiday worth celebrating liberty, equality, and fraternity ever since. This patriotic pride goes a long way on Bastille Day, especially here in New York City. The week leading up to July 14th is full of events to celebrate the French culture. This year, Bastille day will occur on Sunday, July 15, 2018, hosted by the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), creating New York’s biggest & liveliest French street fête from 12:00PM to 5:00PM on East 60th Street, from Fifth Avenue to Lexington Avenue, NYC. You will not fall shy of French cuisine, musique, dance, and attractions for the whole family at this three-block fête populaire. There are also many other places throughout the city to celebrate. Check out what is going on during these two weeks of French Celebrations.

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Top 10 Activities of July 2018 in NYC

Top 10 Activities of July 2018 in NYC

We are in the heart of  summer now and events are heating up. This month is full of arts and culture, take it all in! Check out our recommended activities to do here in New York City this July.

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Celebrate Fourth of July in New York

Celebrate Fourth of July in New York

Independence Day referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation: the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire.

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Credits: Michael Dyers

Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, political speeches and ceremonies (in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States). Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.

What Can I expect from that day?

Independence Day is a national holiday marked by patriotic displays. Similar to other summer-themed events, Independence Day celebrations often take place outdoors. Independence Day is a federal holiday, so all non-essential federal institutions (such as the postal service and federal courts) are closed that day. Many politicians make it a point to appear at a public event as well, in order to praise the nation’s heritage, laws, history, society, and its people.

Families often celebrate Independence Day by hosting or attending a picnic or barbecue; many take advantage of the day off and, in some may take a long weekend away to gather with relatives or friends. Decorations are generally colored red, white, and blue, the colors of the American flag. Parades are often held in the morning, before family get-togethers, while fireworks displays occur in the evening after dark at such places as parks, fairgrounds, or town squares.

How to celebrate this exceptional day in New York?

As mentionned above, the majority of New Yorkers will be enjoying the day outside: Central Park is one of the destination for an impromptu picnic with family and friends to later meet again in the evening to see the fireworks. The show starts around 9:00pm on the East River. Brooklyn Bridge and Williamsburg Bridge offer the best view of Manhattan. Also, keep in mind nearly 3 million of spectators are expected so make sure you arrive around 11:00am to score the best spot. If you do not want to wait, I invite you to explore other options to admire the fireworks below.

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Credits: centralpark.com

A wonderful cruise to admire the fireworks !

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Credits: Harlem Spirituals

The 4th of July cruises are very trendy right now in New York. Indeed more and more people embark on board of a small boat to be near the fireworks and celebrate this national event with friends and family, while remaining away from the hurly-burly of New York. The cruise lasts for 5 hours during which you will be able to witness the best perspective of Manhattan and its skyline. To top it all, this escape includes the magic of one of the best DJs of New York. It is one wonderful moment which will remain engraved forever in your memory. If you are hungry or you wish to have a drink, there is a service bar/restaurant available in the boat. To book it, CLICK HERE

An helicopter tour

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Credits: lovingnewyork

If sailing is not your thing, maybe you have the heart of a bird and air is for you!? If that’s the case, you will be thrilled by this tour which will enable you to enjoy the most exceptional sights of the city. After a takeoff above the Hudson River, you will move right towards the mythical Statue of Liberty and will be able to admire the Empire State Building and other iconic buildings of New York! If you want to make a success of your trip in New York, I strongly advise you o take this tour. To book it, CLICK HERE

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Salvatore