July is the month when summer has a firm hold on all of us. The average temperature just about everywhere in the country is above 70ºF, and thunderstorms are nearly as abundant as ants at a picnic. See our July and August long-range weather forecast.
A moon-flooded prairie; a dreaming
Of brown-fisted farmers; a gleaming
Of fireflies eddying nigh --
And that is July!
–James N. Matthews
July received its name in order to honor the Roman dictator Julius Caesar (100 B.C.–44 B.C.). With the help of Sosigenes, Caesar developed the precursor to the Gregorian calendar we use today.
On July 3, the hot and sultry Dog Days begin. How did the phrase, "Dog Days" get started? Find out.
Independence Day on the fourth of July celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Don't forget to raise the flag! See American Flag Rules.
July also brings two other days of independence: Canada Day (July 1), which commemorates the creation of the Dominion of Canada, and Bastille Day (July 14), which commemorates the storming of the Bastille (the start of the French Revolution).
Recipes for the Season
Visit our Fourth of July recipe page for a list of festive dishes!
Visit the garden-fresh Summer Recipes collection for great meal ideas using fresh, seasonal ingredieints.
Check out our pests and problems page to help you identify and eliminate critters in your garden.
Are your crops starting to take over your kitchen? Check out some of our storage tips for fruits, vegetables, and herbs.
Do you have some painting to do? Learn how to choose and use the right paintbrush for the job.
Many folks sell their house in the summer. Check out our tips on a speedy house sale.
For July of 2015, there are two full Moons! Get your Moon dates and times.
Look up! Summer is a great time for stargazing. See our Sky Watch highlights to know what's you're seeing above.
Folklore for the Season
- Ne'er trust a July sky.
- If ant hills are high in July, the coming winter will be hard.
- As July, so next January.