Full Moon in July 2021

Look Out for the Full Buck Moon!

July 22, 2021
Full Buck Moon - OFA

July’s full Buck Moon is coming up— rising after sunset on Friday, July 23. See your July Moon phase dates and times—and also why we call it the Buck Moon.

When to See the Full Moon in July 2021

July’s full Buck Moon will rise after sunset on Friday, July 23, reaching peak illumination at 10:37 P.M. Eastern Time that night. Look towards the southeast to watch it rise above the horizon.

Consult our Moonrise and Moonset Calculator to see precisely when the Buck Moon will be visible in your area!

Why Is It Called the Buck Moon?

The full Moon names used by The Old Farmer’s Almanac come from a number of places, including Native American, Colonial American, and European sources. Traditionally, each full Moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred, not solely to the full Moon.

The Buck Moon

The full Moon in July is called the Buck Moon because the antlers of male deer (bucks) are in full-growth mode at this time. Bucks shed and regrow their antlers each year, producing a larger and more impressive set as the years go by.

Alternative July Moon Names

Several other names for this month’s Moon also reference animals, including Feather Moulting Moon (Cree) and Salmon Moon, a Tlingit term indicating when fish returned to the area and were ready to be harvested.

Plants are also featured prominently in July’s Moon names. Some of our favorites are Berry Moon (Anishinaabe), Moon When the Chokecherries are Ripe (Dakota), Month of the Ripe Corn Moon (Cherokee), and Raspberry Moon (Algonquin, Ojibwe).

Thunder Moon (Western Abenaki) and Halfway Summer Moon (Anishinaabe) are alternative variants that refer to the stormy weather and summer season. 

→ See all 12 months of full Moon names and meanings.

Moon Phases for July 2021

Note that the Moon phase dates/times below are in EDT

See our Moon Phase Calendar to customize dates and times to your location.

July Moon Phase Dates and Times

Last Quarter: July 1, 5:12 P.M. EDT
New Moon: July 9, 9:17 P.M. EDT
First Quarter: July 17, 6:11 A.M. EDT
Full Moon: July 23, 10:37 P.M. EDT
Last Quarter: July 31, 9:18 A.M. EDT

For the next full Moon, see our Full Moon Dates chart.

July’s Full Buck Moon Video

In this video, we explain the traditional names of the Full Moon along with some fascinating Moon facts. Learn about the Full Buck Moon, why July is such an important month in Moon history, and how scientists measure the distance from Earth to the Moon. Click below to watch the video.

Best Days in July 2021

Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in July.

Activity Best Days
Cutting Hay 1, 2, 28-30
Setting Eggs 24, 25
Fishing 9-23

→ See Best Days for more activities.

Moon Facts

  • On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first person to step foot on the Moon. He also placed the U.S. flag there.
  • On July 31, 1999, the ashes of astrogeologist Eugene Shoemaker were deposited on the Moon.

We leave you with a poem by James N. Matthews (1852–1910):

A moon-flooded prairie; a straying 
Of leal-hearted lovers; a baying 
Of far away watching dogs; a dreaming 
Of brown-fisted farmers; a gleaming 
Of fireflies eddying nigh, —
And that is July!

Share your thoughts about this month’s Moon below!


Reader Comments

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Full Buck Moon Print Desired

Good afternoon,

Where is it that I may order a print of the Full Buck Moon print?

Looking forward to hearing some great news of where I may find this amazing print.

Lynda Sue

Full Buck Moon

The Editors's picture

Hi Lynda,

Prints of our Full Moon graphics are not currently for sale, but we will let you know if they do become available!


We have a small town beach on the north shore of Long Island Sound about 5 minutes by car from our home. We love to take iced tea and go down to watch the sunset on hot evenings and take a late dip, and wave across the water at Connecticut on the mainland. On one side of the small parking lot is the Sound, and on the other, a brackish large pond. There is a 365 degree of the horizon (plus or minus a few trees on the periphery), so it's a great spot to sky watch as well. We were down the other evening and I saw a number of sparkling lights arising from the tree line on the other side of the pond. At first, it appeared that fireflies had awakened for their evening flights. Then it became clear that the lights were airplanes arriving and leaving Kennedy airport, about 30 miles away on the south shore. When the fireflies did begin to arise from the reeds and weeds at the pond's edge it looked like the sky was filled with twinkling glitter. Aaaahh, July on Long Island!

Full moon pictures

Are the beautiful full moon prints available to purchase?

Happy 4th!

The American experiment continues!!!!

Moon Poem from my Childhood in the UK - Anon

I was taught this poem as a child in the 1950s and have never forgotten it. I have been unable to find who wrote it so maybe it was a family creation, passed down from one generation to the next.

Look at the Moon with its orange glow,
So round and big and oh, so low,
It seems to hang on a nearby tree,
Like a shining apple, meant for me,
I reach out my hand, but hard as I try,
Alas, I can't pluck it, it's far too high.

Good job!

I love watching full moon videos...fun information. Amy does a very nice job as the host!

A jesture

July July such thoughts with a sigh, we look for truth, so we find it within. Emotions and insecurites fly, and this is how we see hopelessness, but we find ways to thrive.

The Full Buck Moon

I am a late comer to an interest in studying astronomy. I am 74. I enjoyed your fascinating article. Tonight with my binoculars I was able to see the Moon and near it to the southwest was what I believe was the planet Jupiter.

Full Moon

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How wonderful to hear, Judith! If you get this message, tonight (July 15), you’ll see Saturn very very near the almost-full Moon. Easy to spot!  It will be coupled with the full Moon on the 16th, too.

Blue Moon and full moons

Today is the 16th and there is no moon at all, but I received a ring I've been waiting for for 3 months. In July, the Thunder Moon falls on my birthday, July 27th, 2018. Is there any signification in all this for me this year?

Surgery this Friday July 28


Can someone please tell me how to look this up if it is an okay time to have surgery? I am new to this. Thanks!


My subject did not post but it is for surgery this Friday July 28th? Thanks!

Re: Surgery NOT recommended on Full Moon

From what I read about medicine and moon - surgery is not recommended on Full Moon, especially such a strong and extended one.


NO SURGERY DURING A FULL MOON, or a mercury retrograde

Saturday's Destiny!

July Full Buck Moon
We watched it rise above Manoa Valley mountains in Honolulu Hawaii USA.
Thoughtful. Wisdom. Dakota Sioux. Spirit of Fourth of July. God's Blessings for All.
Shared my points with Chuckles (Russell Crowe)!

full moon

Can you tell me what time the full moon will set? Wanted to do a Full Moon hike in early evening, 8pmish, if moon was still shining.
Thank you

Moon set

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The next full Moon will occur on July 9 Eastern Time (at about 12:07 am EDT), or on July 8 Central, Mountain, or Pacific Time. For times of Moon rise and set in your area, you can go to:


Once you enter your zip code, it will give you the rise and set times of the Sun, Moon, and planets as viewed in your area. Enjoy your hike!

full moon of the month

When is August's full moon going to be posted? I like reading the different names....

August Full Moon

The Editors's picture

Thank you for your interest in the page! You can find the August full Moon page at this link. Today we will post it in the Menu bar under “Astronomy” on the link “Full Moon for Month.”

Host is unintelligible when whispering

Good God! Do you think the host Paul Cox might actually speak instead of whispering?! The volume levels (high and very low) vary widely, and to make it worse, his overall speech is very whispery for at least one-third of the broadcast time. If this comment is unclear, he could listen to some of his guests, who are quite clearly speaking rather than whispering. I hope this is possible, as I'd love to be able to follow these moon shows. This is the second show I'll miss because of this idiosyncratic speech pattern.


Can you tell me when the full moon is for July and what day is it for baby's being born. Also what gender. ( Boy are Girl? )

Full Moon for July

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The Full Moon for July is listed right on this page (above). We’re not clear on your question about babies?

Full moon and babies

Found this listed under the August moon's page on this site. That is all I got: Babies born a day after the full Moon enjoy success and endurance.

Planing for a little new born to be planting

Can you tell me when the moon is wat almost a quarter are full are depart in when it would be best to be in motion to start trying to plant new seed

This is an awkward question,

This is an awkward question, but as you seem versed on several subjects with the moon maybe you can help me understand. I'm 28, born June 20the. I have always had a somewhat lower libido then other girls. This is something I've accepted as I've grown older. Its not that I don't enjoy sex, to the contrary I do. Its more there are periods where I'm like ice n it doesn't even enter the equation. My boyfriend of the last five years recently told me that he's figured it out.. .n he might not be wrong. From the start of when the moon becomes full til its halfway gone is, he claims, the period of time my sexual libido is all but gone, once moon dispates he says my libido tends to return.. ..is that possible? Can the moon effect sexual desires in that way?

Miss Silk (this is an awkward

Miss Silk (this is an awkward question) Though I am no expert, I have spent my life of 54 years closely in touch with all the forces of nature and believe everything in the natural world effects everything else. Therefore, there are an infinate number of variables that could affect your sex drive. I do believe the phases of the moon to be a strong influence though. Again, these are my opinions and not scientifically proven facts, but I also believe a woman's reproductive cycle, which is about the same length as the moon cycle, is most healthy when it is exactly since ibises with the moon. I also believe to be perfectly balanced, your sex drive should be synchronized with your period and at the highest point of your monthly fertility. Therefore, your sex drive would be aligned exactly with the phases of the moon, reaching its peak at the full moon, followed by few days (week) of moodiness, when you are not interested in sexual activity, then your period begins. Once that is over, your sexual desire, or instinct to reproduce, begins again with the new moon.

Saw it too I live In az

Saw it too I live In az

Perfect sabbath for

Perfect sabbath for Creator..also weather...

May The Father-Creator bless

May The Father-Creator bless and keep you...may His face shine upon you and continue to give you the Peace that passeth all understanding! Many thanks for supporting the Farmers Almanack.