July is about freedom, in all of its glorious forms: Independence Day, Bastille Day, setting sail for Santorini, catching a wave in Malibu, belting out the definitive song of the summer in your Bentley convertible as you motor to cocktails in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, rocking sky blue nail polish. Hiking in the Alps, glamping in the Rockies, or sunbathing in Positano – it’s all about release. For the slightly more sedentary, there’s an epic wave of films, books, podcasts and television shows to discover – if you’re not too busy basking in a summer music or dance festival performance. Here’s our Dandelion Chandelier list of the most important events in the luxury ecosystem in July 2017 – everything you need to know about, all in one place, to have luxurious experiences all month long.
Patriotism abounds this month: Canada Day is July 1, and the country is celebrating its 150th birthday – Ottawa is the ideal place to be. July 4th will see fireworks and parades throughout the US (in Boston, catch Leslie Odom, Jr., Andy Grammer and Melissa Etheridge as headliners for the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on July 3). Bastille Day in Paris will see a military parade down the Champs-Elysées and fireworks near the Eiffel Tower – July 14.
There are popular annual events galore, including the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in London from July 4 – 9 and the Monaco Red Cross Gala is July 28th. In the Hamptons, the Parrish Art Museum midsummer party is on July 15, and the Watermill Center summer benefit is on July 29, as is the 20th edition of Super Saturday, co-hosted by Donna Karan and Kelly Ripa. On the West Coast, the 48th annual Comic-Con International is at the San Diego Convention Center – previews are July 19, and the main event is July 20-23. And Paris Plages will once again transform some of the roads along the Seine into a temporary beach resort complete with sand, a floating pool, and live music.
It’s not all fun in the sunlight and starlight, though – there are corporate and cerebral gatherings of the power elite on the docket, too. Stephen Hawking’s 75th birthday conference on gravity and black holes is in Cambridge, England – July 2-5. The annual Sun Valley Allen & Co. media and tech conference is in Idaho – July 4-7. And the super-elite Bohemian Grove annual campout in the woods north of San Francisco is this month.
In addition to all of that, National Ice Cream Day is the 16th (make ours mint chocolate chip, please! With rainbow sprinkles.) In the whirl of options, just remember the secret joy of July: you’re free to do anything – or to do nothing at all. Let the fireworks begin.