The Pride of Gotham

Take in NYC’s best and brightest attractions.

From patriotic bursts of fireworks to droves of marchers in the West Village, July in NYC is brimming with pride and joy. Mark your calendar for the remarkable Gay Pride Parade, running 7/28 – 7/30 (nycpride.org). Just one month after the Stonewall Riots in 1969, the first Gay Pride Rally was held, and today it still gathers thousands. Check online for a range of events, including rallies, parties and the epic march on 7/30. Grand Marshals Edith Windsor, Harry Belafonte and Earl Fowlkes will head the parade down Fifth Avenue from 36th Street, so don’t miss this powerful celebration of the gay community.

While an all-American city, NYC is also the proud home to some of the most outstanding French cuisine in the country. French Restaurant Week runs 7/8 – 7/14 and invites diners to experience prix fixe menus and various events around town (bastilleweek.com). Grab tickets for the Bastille Day Ball on 7/12; the VIP ticket comes with red carpet treatment, a private lounge and gourmet buffet.

For one of the city’s proudest parks, head to the center. The New York Philharmonic will be hosting its annual outdoor concert series, with free performances in Central Park 7/13 and 7/15 (nyphil.org). Since 1965 these free concerts have become a symbol of NYC summer splendor, with picnickers, music and more — all under the pastoral spell of Central Park.

Just as magical is the free Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival, running 7/24 – 8/11 (lcoutofdoors.org). In its 43rd season, this festival celebrates the Kronos Quartet’s 40th anniversary with a week of unparalleled musical events including a family day and collaborations with pop, indie and world music artists.

The proudest event this month is surely Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks, 7/4 at 9PM (macys.com). Find a spot along the city’s west side, below 59th Street, and look forward to roughly 40,000 shells launching over the Hudson River from 24th – 50th Street. This year, the country’s largest fireworks display will feature a soundtrack by R&B icon Usher.

From marching and music to French cuisine and fireworks, the Big Apple is at its best, brightest and proudest this month. Explore and see why.