5 big-time New York annual summer events

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They don’t call it the Big Apple for nothing. New York City’s never shy of doing things on a grand scale, summer events in particular.

They don’t call it the Big Apple for nothing. New York City’s never shy of doing things on a grand scale, summer events in particular. Here’s our pick of NYC’s top five high profile annual summertime happenings.

Puerto Rican Day Parade, New York City
Puerto Rican Day Parade. Photo: Alex Barth

National Puerto Rican Day Parade – second Sunday in June

This unashamedly bright and noisy celebration of community and culture sees more than 80,000 Puerto Rican’s march from 44th to 86th Street in Manhattan.

Around two million people line the streets to watch the huge, vibrant flotillas and energetic music performances. It’s bright, noisy and brilliant fun.

Nathan's hot dogs, Coney Island
Nathan’s hot dogs, Coney Island. Photo: Librarygroover
Nathan's International July Fourth Hot Dog Eating Contest
Nathan’s International July Fourth Hot Dog Eating Contest. Photo: Tony Fischer Photography

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Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest – July 4

Forget the Independence Day fireworks and marching parades. Nothing screams “USA!!! USA!!!” more than the world’s elite competitive eaters chowing down on as many hot dogs as they can in 10 minutes.

Having gulped down 68 frankfurters and accompanying buns in both 2009 and 2012, American Joey “Jaws” Chestnut is the current record holder.

Lincoln Center, New York City
Lincoln Center, New York City. Photo: Fabio Penna

Lincoln Center Out of Doors – Late July through early August

For three consecutive weekends in July and August the Lincoln Center’s plazas and park play host to more than 100 live music, dance and spoken word performances. All are free to attend.

Brooklyn Bridge, New York City
Brooklyn Bridge. Photo: djsgallery

Summer Streets – three consecutive Saturdays in August

Summer Streets hands the city’s most valuable public space, its streets, back to those who prefer to travel under their own steam.

Between 7am to 1pm on three Saturdays in August, Park Avenue and Lafayette Street (all the way from Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park) are closed to traffic and open to the public for anything from biking and walking to dancing.

Washington Square, New York City
Washington Square. Photo: Charley Lhasa

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit – Labor Day weekend and following weekend

The achingly hip Greenwich Village is turned over to local and international artisans who showcase their paintings, photography and crafts.

Conceived by artist Jackson Pollock, the event has been running for more than 80 years.

(Featured image: Arman T Photography)

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5 big-time New York annual summer events was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Brett Ackroyd
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