Full Moon for July 2020

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

July 11, 2020
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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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Writing from Jonesport Maine,

Writing from Jonesport Maine, the full moon, the high tides and EST work together, when the Moon is full the high tides are just around noon and midnight. It is like magic! Got a tide clock for Christmas and it keeps you on top of the tide movements. Too Cool.

I do not know much about

I do not know much about astrology but, I saw where people were asking about surgery.
I was born April 7, 1957 east TN. What dates are the best dates for me to have surgery this year and what are dates to totaly avoid? Dates are not set and will have surgery on at least 2 dates, possibly 3.

Best not to have surgery when

Best not to have surgery when the moon is in Pisces -- blood does not clot well then. Would not have surgery when mercury is retrograde or when your personal planets are not in good synch . Always good to consult a good astrologer.

What about couplez who are

What about couplez who are struggling to get pregnant, I thought I herad once that u had better results on certain occurrences with the moon is that true or false and do u have a schedule for that?
Thank u

Does this mean there will be

Does this mean there will be twice as many nuts out there in August ?

I'm petitioning the court for

I'm petitioning the court for a restricted driving liscence...is ths the best moon

I am trying to follow your

I am trying to follow your astrological guide for scheduling a simple knee arthroscopic surgery. I am a virgo , DOB 8/24/1959 in Pawtucket , RI. I am strongly reactive to mercury retrogrades. I know this one goes direct on July 2, 2014. I have a choice of surgery during the post shadow time on the day of July 10, 2014 or on July 24th . I am unsure of the moon being new at that time, or the best allignment for this procedure date. Could you please help me see which is the better of the two dates please? I was told quick recovery and back to desk administrative job within 5 days...which is best for me as I have a choice when to schedule on either of these two dates.

Thank you


Hi Lisa! Being a Virgo you

Hi Lisa!

Being a Virgo you are naturally predisposed to Mercury Retrograde batty! Mercury (thoughts, communication, technology) IS your ruling planet of course. SO it is completely natural for you to really feel it. Especially when Mercury is in such a chatty, communicative sign as it is now (Gemini.)

If it were me, I would do the surgery on July 24th. Hope this helps!

The Buck Moon is beautiful

The Buck Moon is beautiful over the Gulf here in Florida but it can't compare with it's beauty and size in mountainous Afghanistan. I have a friend working there and he says you can almost reach out and touch it, and he can see everything else in the sky clearly. No wonder our Ancient Astronomers learned so much about our Solar System. They could accurately see everything before electricity illuminated the world and caused it to fade out of view. Happy Star Gazing.

I think the Royal Baby is

I think the Royal Baby is going to be born on this Full Buck Moon and its going to be a boy!

Me and my friends were out

Me and my friends were out tOnight we look at the moon and it started looking at the moon.it started going up and down it was really weird I don't know what was happening it kept going up and down for 20 min. Did anyone see this tonight I live in caolifornia by the way.

The Moon does rise and set,

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The Moon does rise and set, but it travels smoothly across the sky. Sometimes the clouds make it seem as if the Moon is moving up and down, but this is a trick of the eye.

What you saw was most likely

What you saw was most likely not the moon but a hiker walking toward you with a flashlight.

I think the weather tonight

I think the weather tonight in my area is supposed to be clear skies. So I might get a chance to see The Full Buck Moon. I also heard that deer are most active at The Full Moon.