From the Wimbledon tennis championships to Independence Day fireworks via Bastille Day parades, the summer season is hotting up
Zoë Manzi, Editor, MO magazine, The Condé Nast Publications
Hooray! July is upon us and thoughts of eagerly anticipated holidays are frequent visitors. It is typically the hottest month of the year in the northern hemisphere and the coldest in the southern hemisphere.
Wherever you live, however, July is always a feelgood month. Holidays offer a change of scenery (frequently accompanied by a change in perspective), and the promise of a summer or winter break gives us time to spend catching up with family, friends and perhaps even ourselves.
What kind of holiday-maker are you? Do you like lying on a beach, earphones in, book in one hand and cocktail in the other? Or perhaps you’re a culture vulture, enthusiastically exploring one historic landmark after another? Or do you pursue your hobbies or try out new ones? However you like to spend your time, we have a little something for everyone this month.
If you’re in London between 27 June and 10 July, the famous lawn tennis championships at Wimbledon sees stars such as Roger Federer (a frequent guest of Mandarin Oriental) and the current World No 2, Andy Murray, don their whites and battle it out for the sport’s star prize, which was won last year by the Serbian powerhouse Novak Djokovic.
Aircrafts play a starring role in the Bastille Day, or Fête de la Fédération, celebrations in Paris on 14 July. The air aerobatics team from the Patrouille de France fly over the Arc de Triomphe (above) during the military parade down the Champs-Elysées. Led by the French President, the procession commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison during the French Revolution in 1789. Blue, white and red street parties and live music events also take place throughout the city, with the crowds coming together in the evening for a spectacular firework display at the Eiffel Tower.
In America, larger-than-life firework displays abound on 4 July, as the nation celebrates Independence Day. Millions of spectators are expected to watch Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks over the Hudson River in New York City. In Boston, meanwhile, there are many vantage points for the city’s Boston Pops Fireworks, with crowds gathering alongside the Charles River and its bridges to watch the brilliant pyrotechnics. The nation’s capital, Washington DC, sets its show on the National Mall to a soundtrack by the National Symphony Orchestra. And, in San Francisco, the Fisherman’s Wharf Fireworks Extravaganza takes place at the foot of the Municipal Pier and from barges north of Pier 39. Enjoy!