You want to start the year with a trip to New York City! It’s a good idea!
Weather forecast for January and February 2024
Temperature highs: 4°C /// 39°F
Temperature lows: -3°C /// 27°F
February tends to be milder than January and less likely to be rainy (an average of 7cm of precipitation in February). However, January is the coldest month!!!
Since February is still freezing in New York, you will spoil your trip because of the weather if you don’t dress accordingly in warm clothes. Don’t forget to pack everything to stay warm, including hats, gloves, scarves, and long johns or tights.
The best about January – February 2024 in New York
Since the weather is cold during that time of the year, you will probably notice that the travel fares are the lowest.
As a tourist, you will also find that it’s a great time to visit NY since there are fewer tourists in town compared with summer months. Hence, fewer people are waiting in line at tourist sites (Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building) and it’s easier to get some cheap Broadway tickets as well.
In January, it’s also sales time for several stores which is very interesting for shopping fans like me :)!!!
Holidays in January – February
Martin Luther King’s Day
The 3rd weekend of January is a 3-day weekend for several Americans and Monday is a holiday in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King.
Some businesses and companies will be closed.
Do not worry, restaurants and other tourist attractions will remain open.
This year, it falls on January 15, 2024.
President’s Day falls on the 3rd Monday of February since it’s right between George Washington (February 21st) and Abraham Lincoln (February 11th) birthdays.
It’s a federal holiday in honor of previous United States presidents.
This year, President’s Day is on Monday, February 19, 2024.
Just like on Martin Luther King’s Day, several businesses and companies will be closed but everything regarding tourism will remain open.
Cultural events in New York in January – February
New York City Restaurant Week
At the beginning of January and February, you can dine in some of the best restaurants in NY for less by taking advantage of the New York City Restaurant Week!!!! This event started in 1992 and today more than 250 restaurants participate in this event to give you a sample of the New York culinary scene. Treat yourself to this experience which includes: quality, hospitality, and variety. This year, the event will last 2 weeks from January 16 to February 4, 2024.
Lunar New Year
Lunar New Year is scheduled for February 10, 2024. It is the year of the “DRAGON” according to the Lunar Zodiac.
The Firecracker Ceremony and Cultura Festival will take place at Sara D. Roosevelt Park on February 10, starting at 11.am (Grand & Forsyth St).
The Chinatown Lunar New Year’s Parade & Festival with its traditional dragons and lions will take place on February 25, 2024, at 1 pm on Bayard Street, between Mott St and Mulberry St.
Sports in January and February in New York
NBA Basketball, NHL Ice Hockey, NFL American Football:
In January and February, the NBA is in full swing!!!! If you’re a fan or don’t know anything about basketball, I strongly advise you to watch an NBA game!!! It’s a real American show where you won’t have time to get bored, and you’ll also see many families enjoying the game.
To reserve, click on the team you would like to see:
NBA – Basketball: you can go to a Knicks and/or Brooklyn Nets game!
Superbowl is around the corner! The New York Giants and the Jets are waiting for your support! (if they make it…)
Winter means ice rink, then NHL!! Are you a Rangers or an Islanders fan!
Concerts and shows in New York in February and January 2024
New York is well-known for its shows on Broadway and concert in its typical venues, like Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, and the Barclays Center, to only name a few.
The best thing you can do is revise the calendar of events that I keep updated on the NYCTT calendar.
If you want to search for a special artist or venue in New York, you can also visit the TicketNetwork webpage and see if your favorite singer will be in NYC during your stay there!