Welcome July, the month that seems to be dedicated to freedom, independence, and celebrations of country and culture! Find out how July got its name, what we celebrate in July, and lots more wit and wisdom to start your month out right!
The Month of July
July is named after Roman dictator Julius Caesar (100 B.C.–44 B.C.). Caesar developed the precursor to the Gregorian calendar we use today. Find out the origin of each month’s name.
- July 1 is Canada Day, a Canadian federal holiday that celebrates the creation of the Dominion of Canada in 1867.
- July 4 is Independence Day (U.S.). On the fourth of July, we celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Don’t forget to raise the flag! (See American Flag Rules.) See our full Independence Day page and enjoy trivia—plus, refresh your memory on the real meaning of this day.
- July 14 is Bastille Day, which commemorates the storming of the Bastille and the start of the French Revolution.
“Just for Fun” Days
July is National Watermelon Month—yum! Have fun with these strange celebrations:
- July 7–13: National Farriers Week
- July 8: International Town Criers Day
- July 17: World Emoji Day
- Jul 20–28: National Moth Week
- July 22: Spooner’s Day
- July 25: National Day of the Cowboy
- July 27: Take Your Houseplants for a Walk Day
July 3 brings the start of the hot and sultry Dog Days of Summer! Read all about the Dog Days of Summer.
What does the Almanac’s forecast for July say this year? See our summer weather forecast to find out!
The Buck Moon
July’s full Moon, the full Buck Moon, occurs on Friday, July 23. It reaches peak illumination at 10:37 P.M. (EDT) that evening, rising above the horizon just after sunset. Find out why it’s called the Buck Moon!
July’s Moon Phases
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 Buck Moon: July 23, 10:37 P.M. EDT
Last Quarter: July 31, 9:18 A.M. EDT
Other Astronomy Highlights
July 5 is the time of aphelion, when Earth is the farthest it will get from the Sun for the entire year—specifically, we’ll be 94,510,886 miles away from our bright star!
Another highlight of the July sky is the “Summer Triangle.” See our free, printable Star Chart for July to learn about the three “stars of summer.”
Recipes for the Season
Enjoy some delicious summertime recipes:
Visit the garden-fresh Summer Recipes collection for great meal ideas using fresh, seasonal ingredients.
- Now all hands to haying; begin by mowing the ripest and thinnest first.
- Look to your gardens; see that you destroy all kinds of weeds before they go to seed.
- In July, summer bugs are at their best (or worst, as the case may be). Find help in our library of pests and diseases.
- Are your crops starting to take over your kitchen? Check out some of our storage tips for fruits, vegetables, and herbs.
See our Garden Tips for July for a full list of tasks to keep you busy in the garden!
Warm weather allows us to get outside and complete some annual household duties.
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.
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.
No tempest, good July,
Lest the corn look ruely.
Whatever July and August do not boil,
September can not fry.
July Birth Flower
July’s birth flowers are the larkspur and water lily.
The larkspur, especially white forms, generally indicates lightheartedness; pink, fickleness; purple, first love.
The water lily symbolizes purity of heart. Find out more about July’s birth flowers.
The July birthstone is the ruby, which is believed to protect its wearer from evil.
- “Ruby” is derived from the Latin rubeus, which means “red.”
- This gem is a red form of corundum; all other colors are sapphires. The ruby’s color is due to the presence of chromium, which also makes the gem subject to cracks. High-quality rubies are a transparent, vibrant, purplish red; cloudier samples, or ones containing brown, orange, or pink tones, are less valuable. Many rubies nowadays are heat-treated to improve color saturation and transparency.
- The ruby, along with the related sapphire, are the second hardest natural gemstones, with only the diamond being harder.
- The gem was once thought to protect warriors if worn on their armor or embedded in their skin.
- Considered the king of gems, the ruby symbolizes love, passion, energy, and success.
July Zodiac & Astrology
July’s zodiac signs are Cancer (June 21 to July 22) and Leo (July 23 to August 22). Find out your zodiac sign profile.