Full Moon for July 2020

Watch the Full Buck Moon on the 4th of July!

July 11, 2020
Full Buck Moon - OFA

Forget the fireworks! This year, watch the full Buck Moon rise on the 4th of July instead! Find out why July’s full Moon is called the Buck Moon and learn about the penumbral eclipse that will occur on this date.

When to See the Full Moon in July 2020

Full Buck Moon on the 4th

July’s full Moon will rise after sunset in the evening of Saturday, July 4, before reaching peak illumination at 12:44 A.M. Eastern Time on Sunday, July 5. Look towards the southeast to watch it rise above the horizon.  How fun for our bright satellite to join Independence Day fireworks in the night sky!

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

Watch (Very) Closely for a Penumbral Eclipse

Like last month, this month’s full Moon brings with it a penumbral eclipse, which occurs when the Moon crosses through the faint outer edge of Earth’s shadow (the penumbra), making part of the Moon appear ever-so-slightly darker than usual. Unlike a full lunar or solar eclipse, the visual effect of a penumbral eclipse is usually so minimal that it can be difficult to perceive at all. For this eclipse, only a small portion of the Moon will cross into the penumbra, making it even more difficult to see.

This eclipse will be visible from most of North America, except in the northernmost regions of Canada and Alaska. It will begin at 11:04 P.M. EDT (8:04 P.M. PDT) on July 4 and end at 1:56 A.M. EDT on July 5 (10:56 P.M. PDT on July 4).

Learn more about eclipses and find out when the next one will be!

Why Is It Called the Full Buck Moon?

Traditionally, the full Moon in July is called the Buck Moon because a buck’s antlers are in full growth mode at this time. This full Moon was also known as the Thunder Moon because thunderstorms are so frequent during this month.

The tradition of naming Moons is rich in history. Here at The Old Farmer’s Almanac, we have long honored the Native American Moon names and the folklore of those who came before us. We follow the full Moon names that were used during Native American and Colonial times to help track the seasons—usually by the Algonquin people who were prominent along the Atlantic Coast and into the interior along the St. Lawrence River and around the Great Lakes.

See all Full Moon names and their meanings.

Moon Phases for July 2020

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

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

Full Moon: July 5, 12:44 A.M. EDT
Last Quarter: July 12, 7:29 P.M. EDT
New Moon: July 20, 1:33 P.M. EDT
First Quarter: July 24, 9:18 P.M.

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 2020

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

Activity Best Days
Cutting Hay 11, 12
Setting Eggs 6, 7
Fishing 1–5, 20–31

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!


The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac


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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

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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.

We are scheduling my son for

We are scheduling my son for a tonsilectomy and would like to know the best time for him to have the surgery.Bdate 9/6/96. We have a tenative schedule of 8/5/14.

This buck moon is in

This buck moon is in Capricorn.

pls check again...i

pls check again...i believe
the moon is in astronomical

Exquisite moon over the past

Exquisite moon over the past few nights..!