NYC & Company, the official destination marketing organization of New York City, is pleased to highlight a lineup of unprecedented openings and annual events that make summer 2019 an especially attractive time to visit. These key additions and events, coupled with perennial sports and recreational opportunities throughout the city (from baseball fever with the Mets and Yankees to outdoor activities in Coney Island, Governors Island and the Rockaways), make June, July and August a truly can’t-miss time in NYC. During these months, NYC & Company predicts 19 million visitors will travel to the City.
Below is a roundup of notable items that complete a monumental season this year, more can be found at nycgo.com/summer.
Pride Celebrations – May 10-June 30 (NYC)
Pride celebrations will take place across the five boroughs beginning with Staten Island (May 10-18), Harlem (May 31-June 29), Queens (June 2), Brooklyn (June 8) and The Bronx (June 23), culminating with the U.S. debut of WorldPride (June 26-30), with 50+ events over 5 days and nearly 4-5 million participants expected in total.
Fleet Week – May 22-28 (NYC)
Fleet Week provides visitors with the opportunity to celebrate Memorial Day with members of the Navy and Marines visiting NYC while on leave from duty. The week kicks off with a parade of naval ships and includes special events on the Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum, ship tours, and sailor meet and greets.
World Science Festival – May 22- June 2 (NYC)
This weeklong celebration of science features over 60 events that take science out of the lab and into the streets, parks, museums, and premier performing arts venues of New York City. Highlights include: theatrical works dedicated to historic scientists like Albert Einstein, deep discussions with astronauts like Apollo 11’s Michael Collins, outdoor experiences like Stargazing in Brooklyn Bridge Park and more.
Coney Island Mermaid Par – June 22 (Coney Island, Brooklyn)
“King Neptune” and “Queen Mermaid” will lead a procession of mermaids and mermen down Surf Avenue and the boardwalk to the beach to officially open the ocean for swimming season.
Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks – July 4 (NYC)
The largest Fourth of July spectacular in the United States will light up the NYC skyline from the East River this year with the help of world-class performers and nearly 3 million spectators. While this year’s performers have yet to be announced, past celebrations have seen the likes of Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Timberlake, and Katy Perry take the stage.
Hudson Yards – Opened March 15 (Far West Manhattan)
2019 is the inaugural summer season for NYC’s newest neighborhood. Visitors can enjoy the extended daylight views of the Hudson River by making a reservation to climb the Vessel or cooling off inside the Shops and Restaurants at Hudson Yards where restaurants like Mercado Little Spain by José Andrés and Kawi by David Chang are paired alongside stores like Neiman Marcus. Later this summer, the neighborhood will also have a world-class wellness destination in the first-ever Equinox Hotel.
The Shed – Opened April 5 (Hudson Yards, Manhattan)
The dynamic new cultural hub in Hudson Yards made its much-anticipated debut just as warm weather returned this April with Steve McQueen’s Soundtrack of America (now closed). Continuing the first half of the inaugural season are exhibitions such as Tony Cokes and Oscar Murillo (June 19-August 25) Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise (June 22-July 27), and Maze (July 23-August 17) (TheShed.org).