The Month of July 2022: Holidays, Fun Facts, Folklore
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Everything You Should Know About July!
June 29, 2022
Welcome July! Which 5 holidays are coming up? What’s the summer weather forecast? Here are our summer weather map and seasonal advice for a month dedicated to freedom, independence, and celebrations of country and culture!
July 1 is Canada Day, a Canadian federal holiday that celebrates the creation of the Dominion of Canada in 1867.
July 3 brings the start of the hot and sultry Dog Days of Summer! Read all about the Dog Days of Summer.
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.
July 29 marks Islamic New Year, which begins with the first sighting of the crescent Moon after the new Moon in the month of Muharram. This event signals the start of the Islamic lunar calendar year.
“Just for Fun” Days
July 11: International Town Criers Day
July 17: World Emoji Day
July 22: Spooner’s Day
July 23: National Day of the Cowboy
July 27: Take Your Houseplants for a Walk Day
Summer 2022 will start off with warm to hot temperatures and isolated thunderstorms across most of the United States, except for cool and wet conditions over the Appalachians and Ohio Valley. As for the rest of summer, the United States is in for another season of high heat.
July’s full Moon, the full Buck Moon, occurs on Wednesday, July 13. It reaches peak illumination at 2:38 P.M. (EDT) that evening, rising above the horizon just after sunset. Plus, it’s the biggest and brightest supermoon of the year. Find out why it’s called the Buck Moon!
July’s Moon Phases
First Quarter: July 6, 10:14 P.M.EDT Full Moon: July 13, 2:38 P.M.EDT
Last Quarter: July 20, 10:19 A.M.EDT
New Moon: July 28, 1:55 P.M.EDT
Other Astronomy Highlights
July 4 is the time of aphelion, when Earth is the farthest it will get from the Sun for the entire year—specifically, we’ll be 94,509,598 miles away from our bright star!
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.