Spring into summer with Destination MO’s guide to the hottest happenings around the world this month.

In the USA, July starts off with a bang as cities throughout the nation get ready to celebrate Independence Day on the Fourth of July with larger than life fireworks displays. In New York City, Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks attracts more than two million spectators to its dazzling show of pyrotechnics over the Hudson River. There are many vantage points in Boston for the city’s Boston Pops Fireworks, which sees crowds gathering alongside the Charles River and its bridges to watch a series of exhilarating displays. Over in the nation’s capital, Washington DC, there’s a show on the National Mall to a soundtrack by the National Symphony Orchestra, while the Fisherman’s Wharf Fireworks Extravaganza in San Francisco takes place at the foot of the Municipal Pier and from barges at Pier 39, with live music continuing well into the night. Meanwhile, Miami holds its tribute with fireworks displays at Bayfront Park, Miami Beach and Key Biscayne. 

The ball is in your court if you’re in London between 23 June and 6 July. The famous All England Club’s lawn tennis championships at Wimbledon will see the likes of Serbian superstar Novak Djokovic and French Open winner (and Spanish heart-throb) Rafael Nadal don their whites and battle it out for tennis’s star prize, which was won last year by Great Britain’s Andy Murray. Can he do it again? Grab your strawberries and cream, don a sunhat and wait with bated breath!

Air anoraks should head to Paris’s Bastille Day celebrations on 14 July. The air aerobatics team from the Patrouille de France will fly over the Arc de Triomphe during the military parade led by the French president down the Champs-Elysées, which commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789 and the end of the French Revolution. Blue, white and red street parties, civilian parades and live music take place throughout the city with the crowds coming together in the evening for a spectacular fireworks display at the Eiffel Tower. Paris will also witness the bestowing of the famous yellow jersey to the winner of the Tour de France cycling championship, which culminates in Paris on 27 July.

Culture takes centre stage in Munich this month with the city’s month-long Opera Festival at the Bayerische Staatsoper. There are a multitude of performances to choose from, including classics from opera’s holy trinity of composers: Gioachino Rossini’s William Tell, Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata and Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro.

Everyone loves a good summer read, and where better to make your selection than at Hong Kong’s annual Book Fair, which runs from 16 to 22 July at the city’s Convention and Exhibition Centre. Bibliophiles can buy in bulk as the fair offers a speedy delivery service. And little ones can also lose themselves in the written word, at the aptly named Children’s Paradise exhibition hall.

And finally, I am pleased to introduce Beth Schwartz and Gillian Rhys, who give the lowdown on what is happening in their respective cities of Las Vegas and Singapore this month.

Zoë Manzi, Editor, MO magazine, The Condé Nast Publications

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