It’s a challenge every month to spot the New Moon after sunset by naked eye (or eyeglasses) as early as possible. I use the term New Moon in its traditional sense of one’s first sighting of the Moon after its monthly solar conjunction (Dark Moon). The Dark Moon (which some call New Moon) will be in geocentric longitudinal conjunction with the Sun on 2017 JUL 23 at 09:46 UT (04:46 CDT).
The two-thirds of a day old Moon after sunset amid adverse celestial geometry on July 23 will be virtually impossible for North Americans to spot. Observers with clear skies on July 24 should have their first realistic opportunity. See my New Moon Spotting preview graphics above.
Also above is a link to a panorama including all Diana’s Bows in 2017. Those are waxing crescent Moons about 10% illuminated and aged about three days. The name is a reference to the archery equipment of the ancient Roman Goddess of Hunting and the Moon. The graphic nicely illustrates how the season of the year affects the viewing of a waxing crescent Moon.